Iowa churches are asked to stop Boy Scout Troop charters; SNAP denounces Methodist Bishop’s remarks.
Bishop Laurie Haller, head of the Iowa Area of the United Methodist Church, sent a message to parishes in the state to stop chartering Boy Scouts troops because of child sex abuse lawsuits by former scouts. This directive is intended to shield the churches from further liability since it has been discovered that the Boy Scouts of America do not have sufficient insurance to cover sponsoring parishes. In 2020, more than 3,000 United Methodist churches chartered over 9,000 scouting units serving more than 300,000 youth, according to United Methodist Men, which oversees the denomination’s scouting ministries.
Finally, we find it very disturbing that Bishop Haller, at least as reported, does not express any concern for the boys harmed in scouting, including those abused in Methodist troops. The Bishop should be telling her parishes how many former Methodist scouts have come forward alleging abuse, and who they have accused. Parents and future parents need this information. It would not only help the wounded to heal, but it would also help keep today's children safer.