The Boy Scouts of America today voted to lift its longtime ban on admitting gay Scouts but will continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership roles. The vote by its 1,400 national membership came as no surprise to gay rights advocates, who hailed it as a first step to ending discriminatory practices in the 103-year-old organization. The ruling by secret ballot at a national convention in Dallas means that mothers like Jennifer Tyrrell, who is a lesbian, will still be excluded from the Boy Scouts.
Comments: Once again we see an organization cave to the pressures of the radical left. It is terribly disturbing how such a small minority can have such power.
Once I read that the LDS had basically okayed the "compromise," I knew it was over. BSA could not have survived the Mormon church pulling out of the organization. It´s about money. For Scouters, this is a terribly distressing day.
It is still the end of the Boy Scouts. I was a Girl Scout, I wouldn´t let my grand-daughters join them today. There are plenty of other HEALTHY opportunities for kids today to learn about the world and outdoors than the scouts who have become politically correct at the expense of the child.
The Scouts´ prior policy was based on the proposition that homosexual conduct was incompatible with being "morally straight." This policy change is incompatible with that argument. Therefore they have no logical basis for rejecting adult leaders who identify as homosexuals. The more conservative members will leave and the new, smaller Boy Scouts will admit gay leaders in short order.
We must realize that this rapid rise of homosexual activity in our society is just what God promises for a people who cast Him behind their back. It is the Church that has rejected God by failing to confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over civil government, allowing our government to become our de facto god. Having lost our savor, we are cast out to be trodden under feet of men.
American Heritage Boys anyone? It seemed to work for those girls of faith when the Girl Scouts failed them. I think I understand the BOA and if everyone was acting in good faith (see homosexuals without a political agenda) it might work, but since it is agenda driven it won´t work. This is only the first step, having won this, step two will be allowing those scouts who turn 18 to remain as leaders, and then step three allowing all homosexual adults as leaders.
The BSA never screened for homosexual boys. The BSA won its case in the SCOTUS about keeping homosexual agitators out of leadership positions years ago. This is nothing but a bone being thrown to placate the homosexual lobby. Nothing has changed.
The predatory gay adult community will never settle for this. They want unfettered access to that sweet Boy Scout booty, and now with the carnivorous gay camel deep inside that camp site tent, they´ll go for it all.
The Boy Scouts just signed their own death warrant. The organization will be dead and gone within 10 years, buried alive under a tsunami of sexual assault lawsuits.
This is not necessarilya bad thing. It will be an opportunity to reclaim boys who are considering becoming gay. Under the guidance of good Scout leaders, the boys can be directed into productive paths and away from sexualized ones. Many boys need father figures. Good Scout leaders can become wholesome influences in young lives.
Channel 13 in Seattle just reported (as expected in my opinion) allowing gay boys to join isn´t going far enough. The gays are now going to demand openly gay scout leaders. This will eventually put an end to an American institution.
I´m good with this change. There was a boy in my son´s troop who later ´came out´. Obviously he didn´t know he was gay when he joined Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. He pushed himself to make Eagle by age 14...then immediately left the troop. No one forced him out; he chose to leave.
It seemed unfair in hindsight that he had to give up something he had been involved in for 8 years because of his budding sense of sexuality. I agree that we don´t need gay Scoutmasters, but kicking out a young man because he is trying to figure out who he is doesn´t make sense. As the statement points out, no sexuality of any kind belongs in Scouts.
Furthermore, I can foresee a scenario where radical leftist gays worm their way into the Boy Scouts with specific intent on committing sexual assaults just so there will be lawsuits to destroy the organization. Sacrificing themselves for their cause.
The plaintiffs in this case don´t care any more about the Boy Scouts than they do about "gay" marriage, which is a contradiction in terms, anyway. They just want to mess up a longstanding institution that has heretofore been a bastion of virtue for growing boys who might need some direction in their lives if they´re not getting it from their parents.
I joined my troop just past my eleventh birthday and after nearly three years of very diligent work went through my Eagle Scout award ceremony a month before my fourteenth birthday. On our numerous campouts, as the stars emerged, the fire burnt low, and we retired to our tents, can you guess what we talked about? Girls. Most of us wwere just at the beginning of our dating years, and we were stoked about it.
It never happened in our troop, but if any boy had evinced a sexual interest in his brother Scouts, he´d have been an instant pariah. If a scouter (an adult supervisor of the troop) had made a move sexually toward any of the boys, he would have been punished so severely that death would have been preferable.
I have noticed that some of the "gay Scout" cases have involved boys--young men, really--in their late teens--perhaps as old as twenty--who want that Eagle badge. (If you reach your 21st birthday, it´s too late for that.) Let me tell you, any boy who was still an active Scout at age sixteen was considered to be strange. By that age, the hard core Scouts had moved on to the Explorers. Anyone who had halfway applied himself had become an Eagle Scout by age fifteen.
#5 has it exactly right. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts of America because, as #5 stated, "The Scouts´ prior policy was based on the proposition that homosexual conduct was incompatible with being ´morally straight.´"
Now BSA has dropped that policy and the door is wide open for a court ruling against their new partial ban. The Council cannot possible argue that an openly gay boy or young man can participate in Scouting until they reach their 18th birthday then they are suddenly banned from activities.
The constant intrusion continues with anyone disagreeing with the queer agenda being harassed until they submit.
The Boy Scouts probably think this is the end of it, but in reality, because they didn´t hold the line, it is only the beginning of the pecking and poking and haranging they will endure until they fully capitulate to the radical gay lobby. And they won´t be happy until the Boy Scouts dress in drag and get merit badges for frenching each other.
This decision is one many made in recent years by the BSA. Pressure will continue to get openly homosexual leaders into Scouting. I am an Eagle Scout, being awarded that honor in 1958. In a very short time Scouting will cease to exist. If the organization does not fold, Scouting become something you would not want your son to have anything to do with. My Father was a Boy Scout back in the 20´s. I was a Boy Scout in the 50´s. My son was a Boy Scout in the 70´s and 80´s. My grandson became a Boy Scout in the 00´s. I doubt there will be a good Boy Scout organization for my great grandson to join.. It makes me mad and sorry. I don;t cry often, but I cry about the future of the great Boy Scouts of America.
Don´t remember voting. Well, I guess I can pull the boys out now! Guess they´ll be scrubbing out that "morally straight" line from all the material. The door has been opened. Just like the military. It´s over. The infection is in. Only a matter of time for the total demise of the BSA. Disgusting what is happening to our society. They will call evil good and good evil.
Homosexual recruiting has just gotten easier. What does a young man do when he gets approached by a homosexual boy? To defend himself would be considered hate speech, wouldn´t it? Right now on the evening news I am watching a gay dude who is now 21 years old saying he kept his secret while he was in scouts; he was in for 18 years then was "thrown out." No, it´s called growing up; you benefitted from your scoutmaster´s dedication who helped you acquire life skills.
Now he´s complaining that he can´t be a scoutmaster because of his sexuality. That´s the next move for the gays--former scouts who now want to be leaders because of their scouting background.
There is no longer any reason why the Scouts should prohibit girls from joining the Boy Scouts. If they will allow boys that are sexually attracted to boys to go on their camp-outs, they can allow girls who are sexually attracted to boys to go on their camp-outs.
After all, 14 year old boys and girls will behave themselves out in the woods, late at night... right?
The Scouts have decided they don´t want to be an organization that is only open to demographic groups that are shrinking. There was a time when every kid I knew was in Scouts, that was a long time ago. I don´t know whether this will be a good move or a bad move for the Scouts. It really isn´t about Gays, it is about the very large part of the population that sees discrimination against Gays as unacceptable.
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