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Leave the Boy Scouts Timeless Values Alone
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 5:00pm

The Boy Scouts of America, known as the BSA, is a quintessentially American, moral and God-based private organization as exemplified in the Scout Oath.

The Scout Oath requires a Scout to pledge “On His Honor” to remain “morally straight". Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.

The mission of the Boy Scouts is to instill values in young people' and 'prepare them to make ethical choices. It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct.

Given the well-documented, socially and medically destructive effects of homosexual behavior on individuals, families and communities, compassion and prudence should lead us to discourage any cultural promotion of homosexuality as a moral and normal activity.

Media reports indicate that homosexual experimentation among high schoolers has increased considerably in recent years as schools have presented homosexual activity as normal, desirable and even "cool."

Sexually vulnerable young people are being steered onto a behavioral path that they and their families will sorely regret and which will even cost some of them their lives at an early age.

An honest look at the evidence of 70 years of psychology, therapeutic research, the history of the entire human race, and the moral codes of all the great civilizations tells us that homosexuality is not only universally discouraged as learned behavior but can also be temporary, controlled, or even changed.

Compassion -- not bigotry - must impel us to support healing for homosexuals who want to change their orientation. Homosexual behavior, like other destructive vices, can be learned -- and unlearned.

Under no circumstances should it be promoted, and by no means should we be forced to be "tolerant" of another person's choice that undermines traditional values and families.

The Boy Scouts has for over a 100 years been a force for moral integrity, leadership, and responsible manhood in the United States. Sadly, their principled stances have marked them as a target for harassment by LGBT rights activists and cultural extremists.

Yet, one of the last truly great American institutions, which for decades has prepared tens of millions of boys for responsible manhood is reportedly on the verge of changing its policy because of relentless intimidation and economic pressure brought to bear on the Boy Scouts.

What has changed in terms of the Boy Scouts' concern for the well-being of the boys under their care? Or is this not about the well-being of the Scouts, but the funding for the organization?   See
America is in a time of great crisis on many fronts, and much that is good we are in danger of permanently losing.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most important and loved and truly valuable organizations in American history. It is literally a sacred trust between one generation and the next.

The Supreme Court is on their side.

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that the Boy Scouts had a First Amendment right of free expression when it came to the organization’s belief that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with values stated in the scout oath, requiring scouts to be “morally straight”. The Scouts have won similar legal battles, with courts finding that the BSA’s right of free association permits it, as a private organization, to reject those it believes do not conform to is values. Private groups can do as they will. With the Scouts' heritage of emphasizing traditional Judeo/Christian morality, and would certainly think that such values transcend time.

Public opinion is on their side.

Only seven months ago, the Boy Scouts, based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, affirmed a policy of banning gay members, after a nearly two-year examination of the issue by a committee of volunteers convened by national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. BSA national spokesman Deron Smith affirmed the organization’s moral policy excluding homosexuals “is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.”

Why on earth would they trade all this away by giving in to pressure from people who detest them and everything they stand for? A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an organization that has prided itself on the development of character in boys.

A little bit of America will die if the Boy Scouts organization gives in to the pressure and makes this decision.

A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an organization that has prided itself on the development of character in boys.

The Boy Scouts have a rich history of support from churches. About 70 percent of all Boy Scout units are chartered by faith-based organizations. Churches of all faiths and denominations, including Southern Baptist churches, will be forced to reevaluate whether they can, in good conscience, continue to host Scout troops given that the Scouts appear poised to turn their backs on this clear biblical and moral issue".

You might want to let the BSA know how you feel. You can reach the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000. Tell them how much you appreciate them – and tell them to stand strong in its moral values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children. A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an organization that has prided itself on the development of character in boys.

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For additional details, you may find more discussion here:  WHY ARE BOY SCOUTS CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE?  and

here:  SBC's Page urges Scouts not to change policy on gay leaders  , and


here:  Outrage over idea of Scouts accepting homosexuals

(left) ..This is a picture of my oldest Grandson, John Preston Boyle, taken last weekend (Sat.1/26/2013) at his Pinewood Derby races. He won first Place over all. John is our 3rd generation Cub Scout and is going to bridge shortly to a Boy Scout Troop.  John is 11. 

I joined Cub Scouts when I was 8 years old. I earned ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Lion and Webelo Scout, earning the Arrow of Light (highest rank in Cub Scouts) before transitioning as a Tenderfoot Scout to the Boy Scout Troop sponsored by T. G. Terry Elementary School in Oak Cliff, Dallas. When we moved to Euless, I joined the Troop sponsored by our Nazarene Church in Hurst. I loved being a Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout.

I served as an adult Scout Leader for 14 years, starting in 1983. My son Pete Jr. is an Eagle Scout, and I have helped 20-30 boys achieve this highest rank in Boy Scouts.

The picture below was taken at the National Jamboree in 1989 at Fort AP Hill near Washington DC. I was Scoutmaster of the Longhorn Council Contingent Troop 1714

I am on the top row, far right.  Pete Jr. is sitting on the 1st row, far left

Scouting has been doing fine since 1910; Leave the Boy Scouts Timeless Values alone.

  "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."  1 Corinthians 16:13  

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