Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention has described the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay scouts and leaders as a “core value” of scouting.

The BSA's national board will consider ending the ban and allowing local chapters to decide the issue at its regularly scheduled meeting, which began on Monday.

(Related: Boy Scouts mull ending gay ban.)

Appearing on CNN, Land also suggested that lifting the ban would lead to pedophilia.

“The Scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting, teaching them to be morally straight,” Land said. “Homosexuals, by definition, are attracted to people of the same sex. Now, I'm not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles, but I'm accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are: attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenage girls to go on campouts and engage in camping activities with heterosexual males? They wouldn't.”

Lifting the ban would “lead to human tragedy,” Land said.

“Boy Scouts have the right to define character, and they define character as being morally straight and that involves being sexually pure and being a heterosexual.”

(Watch the segment at CNN.)

(Related: Boy Scouts receive petition signed by 1.4 million urging end to gay ban.)