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
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?
WHY SCOUTS ARE RETHINKING 'GAY' POLICY .
America is in a time of great
crisis on many fronts, and much that is good we are in danger of
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
A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an
organization that has prided itself on the development of character in
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.
For additional details, you may find more
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..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
Jamboree in 1989 at Fort AP Hill near
I was Scoutmaster
of the Longhorn Council Contingent Troop 1714.
I am on the
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
"Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be
Call or email me if you have questions.
"Saint Pete", Sr.