Christian Sheriff Says Boy Scouts Violate Sodomy Law
Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has decided not to renew his law enforcement organization's charter with a local Boy Scouts troop.
Sheriff Wolfinger said his Christian faith and Biblical teachings on homosexuality led him to his decision in Couer D'Alene, Idaho, noted the Associated Press.
In 2013, Sheriff Wolfinger claimed that the Boy Scouts were promoting a lifestyle that violated Idaho’s “crimes against nature” statute, which prohibits sodomy.
However, AmericaBlog.com notes that all sodomy laws in the United States were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.
While the Boy Scouts of America do allow openly gay scouts, the organization does not allow any type of sexual activity between members.
According to Tim McCandless, CEO of Boy Scouts of America-Inland Northwest Council, the scouts quickly found a new charter, the Northwest Backcountry Rescue. The scouting group now has 22 active scouts and 15 adult volunteers.
"Boy Scout troop 911 is stronger than it has ever been," McCandless told CDAPress.com last Friday. "It has great adult leadership, a strong charter, and it has been very active. The troop never stopped meeting. [The sheriff's office] was only the charter organization for one year."