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Monday, May 27, 2013

Boy Scouts Need to Live in the Real World

They didn't just admit young boys who say they are gay. They acknowledge that same sex behavior is legitimate sexual expression. In 2000 when BSA was fighting the court battle against forced admittance of homosexuals as a civil right, they won a victory in the Supreme Court. Author Robert Reilly summed up that decision:
In writing for the majority, Chief Justice William Rehnquist said that the “presence [of the avowed homosexual] in the Boy Scouts would, at the very least, force the organization to send a message, both to the youth members and the world, that the Boy Scouts accepts homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.” Forcing the Scouts to do this would have violated their First Amendment right because, as the Court noted, the Boy Scouts asserts that it “teach[es] that homosexual conduct is not morally straight,” and that it does “not want to promote homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.” 
This just changed. On May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America’s national governing body voted to lift its long-standing ban on openly homosexual youth in the program. Effective January 1, 2014, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” 
The organization, as Justice Rehnquist might express it, just sent a message. It’s the same message that the homosexual activist was trying to force the Scouts to send back in 2000—“that the Boy Scouts accepts homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.” Does this seem too harsh an assessment?... 
By now accepting openly homosexual members, the Boy Scouts are, at the very least, certainly going to be dealing with a major distraction (can homosexual Scouts bunk together?). But what is much worse, it is implicitly accepting the rationalization for homosexual sexual behavior as part of its moral formation. This will make the Scouts complicit in the corruption of youth.
Read the rest of the article here and start looking for an alternative for your boys. BSA, by caving in to the politically correct zeitgeist, teaches that when things get tough, give up your principles. Will the next principle to go be belief in God when an atheist boy wants to join!

The fact is that Boy Scouts is teaching that principles aren't principles at all, they are like children's pinwheels shifting with each shifting breeze. Is that what manly virtue is all about?  The BSA's collapse was an act of cowardice (and probably greed since so many groups were cutting off the money). But is moral cowardice the lesson parents want their boys to learn? Is that why they commit their time and money to the group? We'll find out in the months ahead as scouts and their parents make decisions about whether to continue in the BSA. I can't imagine any sane parent sending a young son on a campout with older gay scouts and ultimately gay scoutmasters. It's time for a BSA alternative.

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