General Agency Official Says, "Yes" To Gay Scoutmasters - United Methodist Men Say "NO!"
A top official of the United Methodist Church -- sponsor of 11,738 scout units -- predicts its hierarchy likely will be asked soon to decide if the church's ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation applies to scouting.
Jane Hull Harvey - Assistant General Secretary, The Board of Church and Society:
The church's Commission on United Methodist Men currently is engaged in a drive to more than triple the number of affiliated troops. The goal is to add Scout troops until there is one in all 37,000 Methodist churches.
Dr. Joseph L. Harris General Secretary, United Methodist Men
[T]he Rev. Joseph L. Harris, who heads the Methodist men's commission based in Nashville, Tenn...subscribes so strongly to "the traditional view" of banning both homosexuals and atheists from scouting that he joined the Mormon church in filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Boy Scouts in the New Jersey case decided on Aug. 4.
Mr. Harris said in an interview he hoped that longtime Methodist support for the boys' programs would continue.
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