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Are the Boy Scouts Criminals?

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A sheriff in northern Idaho near Sandpoint is ending his department’s charter with a Boy Scouts troop after the organization lifted its ban on gay members.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger of Kootenai County says it’s due to the Boy Scouts promoting a lifestyle that violated Idaho’s “crimes against nature” statute, which prohibits sodomy.

Wolfinger cites his Christian faith as a motivator in his decision.

However, the troop will not be dissolved or stop meeting.  Tim McCandless, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America-Inland Northwest Council, says Northwest Backcountry Rescue is now officially chartering the troop.

What do you think — are the Boy Scouts violating Idaho law?

Thanks to rawstory.com for the reporting (and Reddit for the initial heads up).

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