Louisville's largest church casts out Boy Scouts
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville largest church is cutting ties with the Boy Scouts.
It comes just days after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth.
Leaders from Southeast Christian Church said they will not renew their charter with Troop 212.
Pastor Tim Hester said the church did not desire to get caught up in the new direction of the Boy Scouts. Troop 212 and Cub Scout Pack 212 have until the end of the year to relocate.
Local leaders with the Boy Scouts' Lincoln Heritage Council say they're looking for a new organization to charter.
Barry Oxley, Scout Executive/CEO of the Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA, responded in part:
"Southeast Christian Church's decision to no longer be a chartered partner is not a new development. Southeast Christian Church notified the Lincoln Heritage Council earlier this year that Scouting would no longer be offered on their campus in 2014.
"We can't speak for Southeast Christian Church on why they decided to no longer sponsor Pack and Troop 212. Our focus is helping youth grow into young people of character and integrity through a program of fun and adventure."