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Churches respond to Boy Scouts transgender policy

Boy Scouts | Even with religious exemptions, uncertainty remains about Scouting’s future
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/10/17, 05:54 pm

WASHINGTON—When the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced last month a policy to allow transgender children into its programs, it said church affiliated troops could claim a religious exemption from the change. But it might not be that simple in practice.

For more than 100 years, BSA enrolled boys into its programs based on the gender listed on their birth certificates. But now the Scouts will allow any child to become a member as long as he or she identifies as male, regardless of biology.

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Scouting and gender politics

Transgenderism | The Boy Scouts continue to follow the false realities of the sexual revolution
by Nick Eicher
Posted 2/03/17, 12:35 pm

Each week, The World and Everything in It features a “Culture Friday” segment, in which Executive Producer Nick Eicher discusses the latest cultural news with John Stonestreet, president of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Here is a summary of this week’s conversation.

Earlier this week, the Boy Scouts of America organization announced it would allow girls who identify as boys to participate in its boys-only programs. In the past three years, the group has allowed both homosexual adults and young men to join as Scouts and leaders.

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Categorical imperative?

Lifestyle | New York issues its first ‘intersex’ birth certificate, highlighting a rare issue Christians have rarely addressed
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/27/17, 01:53 pm

On Dec. 15, 2016, New York City issued the nation’s first public “intersex” birth certificate to Sara Kelly Keenan, 55, who was born with male XY chromosomes but with female genitals and mixed male and female internal organs. About 1 in 80,000 babies is born with this condition, called Swyer syndrome.

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