WBEZ | Cornerstone Christian Fellowship http://www.wbez.org/tags/cornerstone-christian-fellowship Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Boy Scouts could lift ban on gay members http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/boy-scouts-could-lift-ban-gay-members-105341 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4862952011_fcd25a682d_b.jpg" style="height: 375px; width: 500px; margin: 5px;" title="Boy Scouts gather at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. (Flickr/Preston Kemp) The group doesn't allow gay members currently, but is expected to vote Wednesday on the issue." /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F77863070" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image ">The Boy Scouts of America is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to lift a ban on gay members at the national level. If the vote passes, the decision on whether or not to allow gay members would be left up to individual troops.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The issue is dividing some Chicago area churches, many of which serve as meeting places for Boy Scout troops.</div><p>The Rev. Keith Williams, who&rsquo;s pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in Country Club Hills, is against lifting the ban.</p><p>He said he&rsquo;s against any leader, gay or straight, who strays from the church&rsquo;s teachings.</p><p>&ldquo;I would not like to see them superimpose a gay lifestyle on a young man, because I don&rsquo;t know where sexuality becomes a function of teaching Scouts how to do what Scouts should have to do,&rdquo; Williams said.</p><p>Although Cornerstone doesn&#39;t currently host a Boy Scout troop, Williams said lifting the ban on gay members would likely encourage him to start hosting one:</p><p>&quot;If they did lift the ban, I&#39;d probably want more to host [a troop] simply because we could make sure young people are not led in one direction, in the direction that&#39;s opposite to the word of God,&quot; Williams said. &quot;We would be able to watch, at least.&quot;</p><p>Some local churches are on the other side of the issue:</p><p>&ldquo;To exclude individuals because of their gender identity is kind of archaic and discriminatory,&quot; said Liala Beukema, who&#39;s pastor of Lakeview Lutheran Church. &quot;The opportunity for everyone to have access would be a wonderful thing.&rdquo;</p><p>While Beukema&#39;s church doesn&rsquo;t currently have a troop, the pastor says she&#39;s interested in hosting one if the Boy Scouts lift the ban.</p><p>But if they vote &quot;no&quot; this Wednesday, that would change.</p><p>&quot;It totally would alter our interest, just in basic principal. We would not be in allegiance with people who would discriminate against others,&quot; Beukema said. &quot;It wouldn&#39;t be within our mission plan.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/boy-scouts-could-lift-ban-gay-members-105341