North Carolina church cuts ties with Boy Scouts over transgender policy

A congregation in North Carolina has announced that they're ending their relationship with the Boy Scouts of America over the scouting group's recently implemented transgender policy that allows girls who identify as boys to join.

Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has cut ties with the BSA, ending their sponsorship of Troop 169 and Cub Scout Pack 169.


Andrew Shoger, pastor of Coddle Creek, sent a statement to the Charlotte Observer explaining "we cannot partner with an organization that embraces what God's Word clearly labels as sin."

"For more than 10 years, Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has hosted and chartered Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups," said Shoger.

"However, due to decisions by the Boy Scouts of America regarding matters of homosexuality and gender identity, the ... church has determined that our church can no longer continue as partners ... of BSA."

Regarding the decision, Cub Scout Pack 169 leader Doug Balog told the Mooresville Tribune on Thursday that he was "frustrated" by the decision, but was pleased that at least the removal of the troop will not be finalized until next year.

"They won't pull it until the end of the year, so we have time to find a new place to move to, but they won't renew it," said Balog.

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