W. D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910. Within the first two years of the organization’s existence, its moral compass was clearly outlined via the pledges within the Scout oath: “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.” Since the inception of the Boy Scouts, those taking this pledge have had a strong influence on our society. They have become presidents, congressmen,
The BSA have to stand strong on this issue. If they lose funding from corporate sponsors then they have to cut the budget to survive and look for sponsorship elsewhere. Otherwise they will lose all of it because parents who support scouting will leave in droves. There is only one right answer, tell the media, the sponsors, the homosexual lobby and the President, ´No.´ It´s not going to be easy, but they do have the Constitution and a SC decision backing up their right to free association. No one is forcing homosexuals to join the Scouts. It´s not a requirement by law like signing up for the Draft.
I am a long-time adult boy scout leader and I have just been invited by my local council to discuss, ´membership policies´. I can see this very invitation as having bowed to the calls for allowing open gays to membership at all levels. There is no sexuality merit badge whether gay or heterosexual and while coming to grips with one´s sexual identity is part of personal growth it is only a part - a part not targeted by the Boy Scout program. Opening the doors to those who admit being sexually attracted to boys/men would distract from the primary mission of scouting. Young boys don´t need to sleep with young girls or other boys who wish for the same congress. As it is many scouts and scouting adults are undoubtedly gay and will continue to contribute to the Boy Scouts but there is no need to flaunt one´s own sexual identity in the faces of those who haven´t yet found their own.
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The Other Guy, 3/11/2013 8:51:07 AM (No. 9218941)
Number 3 has one of the better reasoned and articulated arguments I´ve read on this issue. Scouting and an assortment of leaders were a significant part of my early life. That influence is apparently lasting. At my advanced age I can still recite the oath and remember the names of some of those leaders. If the national leadership surrenders to this challenge, If they weaken the meaning of the oath all scouts repeatedly recite they will have weakened the entire movement and, by extension, weakened the character of every future member of the BSA.
So we have the possibility of Gay Men in charge of young boys...what can go wrong there...ever hear of ´priests´ doing boys in the Catholic Church. The opportunity is there, the Gay men are hiding in plain sight and they do their dirty deeds. Maybe we should learn a lesson from human failings and not put young men in harms way...just as a matter of caution. Gay Men can find jobs/avocations elsewhere.
Obama has appointed aggressive homosexuals to the EEOC. They are actively intimidating Fortune 500 Scout donors. The unmentioned threat is that a company might be considered a "hostile workplace" if they donate to the Scouts. Corporate donations have therefore dried up.
Current Scout balance sheet shows $87M set aside for legal settlements, most for homosexual molestation.
Same background as many here - family involved with BSA in both membership and leaders - and one point cannot be stressed enough:
For the last 15 years or so, the ´gay lobby´ has beat over the head *any* organization which calls into questions their ´motive or methods´, and their meddling has put the public school system at the forefront of selling ´gay´ as ´normal and healthy´. It is anything *but* that...
As the CDC notes - the only demographic where HIV is *still* on the upswing - is 12 to 22 year old males.
This is what a decade of ´tolerance and diversity´ has given us - societal acceptance of an adolescent body count.
Frame it how you like - there is *no* aspect of gay sex that is either normal - or healthy. Nor is it ´inherent´ as peddled by the adherents. Having a ´crotch´ is inherent. Choosing to rub it against another one - is *CHOICE* - no matter how it´s sold.
And the BSA does not need to make that ´choice´ for their kids. In my neck of the woods - it´ll cost them a potential camp property if they make that choice.
All BSA Scouts and Scout Masters take the Boy Scout OATH. It appears that the BSA Board Doesn´t. Therein lies the problem. If the BSA Board Members don´t abide or agree with the BSA Oath what are they doing on the Board?
I kind of doubt that former Scout masters who molested their charges were openly gay. If they had been, they would never have been elevated to Scout master. It is far more likely that a molester is married and posing as a well-adjusted heterosexual. How well have the current Scout rules prevented that from happening?
Meanwhile, well-adjusted gay boys are not allowed to be members. It´s a hets-only club, partially funded by taxpayer dollars. The US military funds/hosts Scout jamborees, local governments offer free or subsidized space for Scouts to meet. Courts and lawsuits will eventually remove all those subsidies, and without corporate support -- the Scouts´ anti-gay policies face a bleak future.
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