The Boy Scouts of America are in the news again, for the only thing they ever seem to be in the news for anymore: their attitudes toward homosexuals. Next week, the Scouts will hold a vote that´s widely expected to end the blanket ban on gays joining as members or holding adult leadership. By most accounts, the century-old organization will probably let individual chartering groups—many of which are churches—decide whether homosexuals can join and help run their troops.
Comments: Nick later points out that he kept his two sons from joining the scouts "because of the group´s position on gays". But he´s looking forward to next week´s vote allowing homosexuals to become members and "adult leaders," so he can happily see his grandkids join.
I hope they vote it down. The only reason it´s being pushed is because a bunch of perverted pedophiles have fantasies of running a scout troupe ´their way´. As is usual, people outside of an organization are pushing to either change or destroy it, because of how successful it is.
If they want a scout troupe, make up their own!! Leave the Boy Scouts USA alone!!
Life isn´t all about sex. The time to be a child is so precious. We are cheating them of their innocence by letting activists put their own preferences (perversions?) at the center of everything. There´s nothing wrong with sex, it just shouldn´t be a predominant factor in childhood.
#3: I think fully-liberated Eagle Scout Gillespie would be alright with that. In fact, I daresay he wouldn´t see it as a molestation, but rather "a valuable lesson in alternative lifestyles." Hey Nick! Do you think they´ll ever have a merit badge for...?
Why shouldn´t we say it´s morally straight to accept gays - that is, in a day when freedom means enslavement, individual rights mean collectivism, investment means taxes, growing economy means recession - down means up, and good means evil!!
If their policy changes, the sound you hear next week will be my late husband rolling over in his grave. He was so proud of our son achieving Eagle that we buried him with his father´s eagle pin in his lapel.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law, To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
If the Boy Scouts make this policy change, they will have to change their Scout Oath. And immeasurable damage will have been done to Americans´ traditional freedom to choose, freely, those with whom they wish to associate... and to establish the criteria for membership in clubs or groups of their own creation.
Make no mistake -- this is definitely tied with the recent trend in colleges to force religious groups (particularly Christian ones) to accept members from other religions, and to let them become officers (and even president) of those groups.
We can already tell, though, that efforts to create enclaves adhering to SHARIA will be treated with far more deference by ´progressives´ and the PC crowd.
So he considers his not allowing his sons to be involved because he doesn´t agree with their policy as being noble. However, if this policy passes and parents refuse to let their sons join he will consider those parents close minded. You can´t win with these people, they are a blight on our culture.
The real issue is that those in power in our society refuse to allow the Scouts, a private organization, to maintain its traditional morality. They are insisting that we, as private citizens, may not place our boys in an organization that holds to traditional morals.
The organization that we want to place our boys in and participate in must change into something we don´t want -- or be destroyed.
Just about the only institution not to be corrupted by the left now has enough marxists on the Board to destroy scouts - churches have gone, government has gone, press is gone 0 we´re just now down to ´We the people´ to stand up to the onward march of destruction and decay of the civil society that started in AMerica from true English Common Law.
Seems I´m writing an awful lot of letters and Emails these days. Fired off a lengthy explanation to National Hqs why this is their worst idea ever, and why if they agree to it I and numerous other Eagle Scouts with whom I communicate will publicly destroy and return the Award, just as they have publicly destroyed the entity it (once) represented.
He didn´t let his kids join because quite simply he´s an Ass!!! All you have to know is that its been a constant struggle for scouting to keep out Adult homosexual who prey on children. Now Progressives want to make it open season on scouting youth. Why? to destroy Scouting.
When Scouting allows people on its Board that don´t believe in the Scouting oath it invites its own destruction.
My son and I discussed this issue last night because his son just joined cub scouts this year. He will pull my grandson out because in the oath God comes first and this activity is not pleasing to God. He left the Lutheran Church when they approved gay Pastors. I agree with him and think this will be a decision that the Boy Scouts will regret should they approve. The Boy Scouts will go the way that the Girl Scouts went years ago.
The Wall Street Journal. The Corporate crony capitalism types are completely sucked into this anti-christian madness that´s going on today. They would prefer to be ruled by the communists of the Democratic Party than be asociated with the social conservatives in their own party.
In addition to the great comments above, I´ll throw some more at Mr. GIllespie.
If it´s all about "adaptability", why not NAMBLA members be allowed to join? How about female scoutmasters who have no outdoors experience, but feel they should have the job anyways? How about cross-dressers? How about admitting kids who don´t want to camp but instead want to play flag football all day where "everyone is a winner"?
Absurd? Not any more absurd than admitting gays into a boys program involving alone time with minimal supervision, young impressionable kids, and men who build their whole identities around their penis.
I am really tired of sexual preference being thrown in my face all the time. I actually don´t care what you do in your own bed rooms, just keep it to yourself - but this is tragic. I think this is a big mistake for many reasons but the greatest is exposing our sons to predators, which we know will be joining for this very reason.
In all the discussion of his time in Scout, there was not a mention of sexual activity. That is because there is none. The Boy Scout Handbook begins with a parent´s guide to Abuse. The Scoutmasters are trained to never be alone with a scout. There must always be 2 adults present. Why put sexuality into the picture? The atheists also avoid the Scouts because of the mention of God in the Scout oath and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Destruction of Christianity & the family unit are high on the agenda for progressives. Promoting homosexuality is a fast track tactic to destroy both. When you have no guiding principles or personal roots, you are a slave, to be used by evil doers. Pray for us.
It´s disgusting they are even considering changing their rules. Haven´t we had homos infiltrating every fiber of our being at every turn. Enough is enough. Why is sex being so exploited from young children, our churches, employment, government. Get out of my face.They are not a special group of people just because of who they choose to sleep with.
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“Homophobia” is a misnomer. There are people who are repelled by homosexuals, but I don’t know anyone who is afraid of them. “Islamophobia,” however, is not a misnomer. A great many people are afraid of Muslims, and understandably so. The words “Allahu Akbar!” have become associated, through repetition, with acts of carnage and murder. This explains why so many people around the world cave in to demands that Islam be treated preferentially. (snip) Islamophobia is understandable. It requires real courage to stand up for freedom. It always has.
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