Parent: Olivenhain church forcing Boy Scout troop to look for new home because of pro-gay policy

Boy Scouts have until January to find new home

SAN DIEGO - The Ranchview Baptist Church in Olivenhain has kicked out a local Boy Scout troop out of their building because of the National Scout's repeal of the ban on gays.

Boy Scout Troop 2000 and Pack 774 have been meeting at Ranchview Baptist Church. 

10News was tipped off through an email from a concerned troop parent that the church has decided not to renew the lease with the scouts due to the Boy Scouts of America’s recent repeal of the ban on gays.

The email said “Since that resolution passed, the Baptist church has decided to kick the boy scouts out of the building, leaving them with no place to have meetings.  What kind of message does that send?"

In May, The Boy Scouts of America approved a plan to accept gays. Parents of the scouts would not speak to 10News on camera, but say the troop has had a good relationship with the church in the past. They built a gazebo and even installed an audio / visual system for the church.

Ranchview Baptist Church responded to 10News’ inquiries through an email.

“We have no further comment regarding Pack 774 and Troop 2000 other than to say we have valued their friendship/ partnership over the past many years and wish them all the best as their charters with our church conclude at the close of this calendar year.”

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activists say the Church is bad role model.

National LGBT Policy Activist Sean Sala said “Why would you want to set an example of Godliness or Christ likeness by kicking out an entire group of kids who probably most of them are not even gay?”

Tyler Dylan-Hyde works with Scouts for Equality. He says the church’s decision is disappointing.

“Most Americans, most well minded people and religious folks as well come to the conclusion that discriminating against groups of kids is wrong.”

Sala adds “If any Boy Scout is getting kicked out of their church… because of this change… they're welcome here at the MissionGathering Christian Church in North Park.”

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