The Boy Scouts executive committee has written a resolution for consideration that would remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation. This resolution would maintain the current prohibition on openly gay scoutmasters. Another proposal would leave the decision on homosexual scoutmasters to individual troops. The 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council will vote on the proposal May 20.
The Supreme Court has backed up the Boy Scouts on their authority to set membership rules in the past. There is no reason to change that precedent now, especially because of illegitimate social pressure. Please sign the scouts’ pledge at the Family Research Council (FRC), encouraging the national BSA board to demonstrate integrity in this matter, and visit OnMyHonor.net for further resources and action points. Moms of Boy Scouts also provides regular updates on the situation. FRC will host a simulcast at 7 pm on Sunday, May 5, which has bee designated “Stand With Scouts Sunday.”
Here are the top six reasons the Boy Scouts need your help to stop this resolution:
1. The resolution would introduce open homosexuality into the ranks, and eventually into the leadership of Scouting.
The resolution specifically references homosexual youth but this is a distinction without a difference because advancing into leadership positions is integral to the Scouting experience. This resolution would subject the organization to crippling lawsuits because the resolution jettisons the core value that homosexual conduct is immoral. This core value of the Boy Scouts was the underpinning of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the existing policy.
We spoke with a Scout leader over the weekend and he expressed his dissatisfaction with the proposed resolution. He explained to us how leadership training is done by sending older scouts to lead small groups of younger scouts on camping trips, etc. Just because the Scout leaders aren’t allowed to be openly homosexual will not prevent the issue from affecting the overall leadership of scouts.
2. The vast majority of Scouting parents who want to keep their exclusive right to discuss issues of sexuality with their sons.
Parents have the right to discuss such important issues with their children when and how they believe is most appropriate for their child. When young boys are introduced to ideas they are not ready for, and may misunderstand in their age, it can distort their perspective of all future relationships with other men.
3. The resolution requires all Scouting families and faith-based organizations that object to homosexuality on religious grounds to affirm its moral validity.
It introduces open and overt sexuality into an organization that is designed to foster character and leadership, thereby clouding scouting’s most fundamental purposes. And the proposal says, in essence, that homosexuality is morally acceptable until a boy turns 18 – then, when he comes of age, he’s removed from the Scouts. The policy is incoherent and, sadly, an affront to the notion that Scouts are brave, reverent, and ‘morally straight.’
4. It becomes a slippery slope free-for-all.
The stated mission and message of the Boy Scouts is clear, and changing it’s policies to appease one group will only serve to encourage other special interest groups to demand that the Scouts make more changes to please them. An atheist leader has already declared that if the policy on homosexuality changes, then there is no reason why atheists should not also have their way and remove God from the Scout oath and the term ‘reverence’ from the Scout law.
5. Introducing homosexuality into the Scouts is a distraction.
It draws attention from the Scouts’ stated purpose of developing young boys into fine men. Allowing this to pass could cause a distraction in the mind of every scout, causing them to ponder about their sexuality instead of learning the important skills they are being taught.
6. The Scouts will become irrelevant and will eventually dissolve.
Parents want their boys to be Scouts because of the tremendous credibility of the organization. If the Boy Scouts want to grow as an organization, they won’t allow this resolution to pass. Conservative or cautious parents won’t be a part of, or allow their boys to be a part of something that has lost its credibility. Over time, the organization will contract and eventually collapse for lack of interest and funds. We need organizations of integrity like the BSA to support the development of boys with integrity.
Please sign the scouts’ pledge at the Family Research Council (FRC), encouraging the national BSA board to demonstrate integrity in this matter, and visit OnMyHonor.net for further resources and action points. Moms of Boy Scouts also provides regular updates on the situation. FRC will host a simulcast at 7 pm on Sunday, May 5, which has bee designated “Stand With Scouts Sunday.”
Sources: New Jersey Family Policy Council, Family Research Council
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