Boy Scouts Propose Lifting Ban on Openly Homosexual Members, Retaining Policy on Leaders


Dallas, Texas – The Boy Scouts of America announced a proposal today to lift its ban on openly homosexual members, while retaining its existing policy barring openly homosexual leaders.

The proposal, which will be voted on by approximately 1,400 scouting members next month in Texas, is stated to come as the result of a survey that was issued to an estimated 1 million scout affiliates in February. Approximately 200,000 responded.

“While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting,” the organization outlined in a statement Friday, adding, “The proposed resolution also reinforces that scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of scouting age is contrary to the virtues of scouting.”

“[A] change in the membership policy specific to youth only would be consistent with the religious beliefs of the BSA’s major chartered organizations,” it asserted.

Reaction to the proposal has been mixed.

“By refusing to consider an end to its ban on gay and lesbian parents, the Boy Scouts have missed an opportunity to exercise leadership and usher the organization back to relevancy,” Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications at GLAAD, told reporters.

“I agree with banning male adults from supervising young boys just like I do heterosexual men who probably are not pedophiles from supervising overnight stuff with young girls. No different,” stated one commenter. “I’m glad they are allowing gay children to be in Scouts. … I am a devout follower of Christ and believe our children are to be protected and loved and not used or rejected for any reason.”

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“If this passes the membership will decline to the point BSA will fold within 2 years. If you want an organization that panders to less than 2% of the population that will be the participation level and unless there is a liberal democrat in the WH to subsidize it there is no way it will survive,” wrote another concerned citizen. Just as I believe all parents have a right to discern what the sexual orientation of the people their child is sleeping (camping) with,  if the only way I can prevent my son from sleeping with a gay kid is to not let him belong to the scouts, so be it.”

As previously reported, the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America announced in January that it was considering the revocation of its ban on openly homosexual leaders and members.

“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” outlined spokesperson Deron Smith in a written statement. “The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver scouting to determine how to address this issue.”

The following month, the organization advised that it would postpone its decision until May.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review,” it wrote in a written statement.

However, some Christian organizations have been concerned about which way the Scouts might lean in making their decision.

“When one standard is removed, another takes its place. If the Boy Scouts’ policy is changed, it is just a matter of time before BSA will have a merit badge for homosexual activism,” Alex Mason, policy analyst for the Family Policy Network in Forest, Virginia, told Christian News Network. “Part of the Scout Oath is a commitment to remaining ‘morally straight.’ God’s definition of ‘morally straight’ prohibits homosexuality and all sexual relations outside of one-man, one-woman marriage. God, through His Word, has given humans a clear picture of the boundaries within which He intended human sexuality to function.”

A vote on the matter is set for May 20th during the National Council in Dallas.

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  • http://chcafe.wordpress.com Joel Busher

    Christians will continue to lose their culture because the insensible play by different rules. Patriots need to restore America to her God. See Article VIII to the US Constitution. It makes God’s law American law.Give your support. Every liberal or Atheist in America will hate you for it, but God will say, “Well done faithful disciple.” Visit CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com – to read Article VIII

    • Kenton Forshee

      This isn’t a theocracy. On every occasion when religion is combined with state power some of the worst atrocities result. The witch hunts, the inquisition, persecution of those viewed as heretics, persecution of gay people, and persecution of minority religions. The U.S. is not, and never was, a theocracy.

      • http://chcafe.wordpress.com Joel Busher

        Theocracy means a government where God rules. America is a theocracy according to its social compact,the Declaration of Independence,that declares Americans receives their inalienable rights from a Creator and our moral rectitude from a Supreme Judge. America was established under the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” Our National Motto is “In God We Trust.” Our Pledge of Allegiance declares we are “One nation under God” and from God we receive liberty and justice. God ruling over the passions of man is the only safe refuge against man’s potential depravity and misuse of civil authority. His law restrains the potential evil’s of man law guided by personal passion and agendas. Let us not forget that the English common law that came to America by the colonist was based on the law of Moses and the Apostles. The history of Israel, a theocratic government was, is and will continue to be light to the world. A theocracy, a nation under God, is not to be feared. What is to be feared is the misuse of civil authority by those that abandon the legal restraints of God’s law as well as their personal sensibilities and use civil authority to protect their corruptions and enforce their agendas. We can not blame theocracy and the rule to “love you neighbor as yourself” with the atrocities of Queen Mary of England just as we would not blame the pagan gods of Rome for the murder of Christians by depraved emperors who lost personal moral restraint by their indulgence in personal lusts and greed. See CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com restoring “one nation under God”

        • Kenton Forshee

          Joel, It’s kind of hard for a non-existent god to rule, so rule by religion and it’s ancient texts written by men, and clergy are the closest to a theocracy that humanity can come to.

          The Declaration of Independence is not, and never has been, the law here. We are a Constitutional Republic and our constitution doesn’t even mention deities of any kind, and it certainly doesn’t use any god’s desires as the excuse for any laws. So apart from your misuse of the Declaration of Independence, which by the way doesn’t mention Jesus or any specific deity at all just the generic “creator” which could just as easily be loosely interpreted as “nature itself”, what have you got?

          You write, “Our National Motto is “In God We Trust.” Our Pledge of Allegiance declares we are “One nation under God” and from God we receive liberty and justice.”

          That was changed to that in 1956 as a result of the “red scare” because they wanted to tell those “godless communists” that they were a “god fearing nation”. It was nothing but political posturing, and should be removed. We have “liberty and justice” because we decided to have them. No where in the bible is liberty and justice touted to be “godly” things. The god of the Bible wants obedience and as far as justice is concerned, the Bible describes its god’s judgments with one punishment for every crime. Eternal torture in Hell. Not even the United States is so Draconian as that. Punishments should fit the crime, but all one has to do is not believe a god exists and you burn for all eternity right next to the unrepentant murderer rapist of 10 thousand little girls. How is that justice?

          You write, “God ruling over the passions of man is the only safe refuge against man’s potential depravity and misuse of civil authority.”

          When theists demonstrate that their god exists then this option is in the running. Till then, it’s like driving down the highway at 70 miles an hour, putting the car on cruise control, and taking a nap. You’ll see how quickly things fall apart.

          You write, “Let us not forget that the English common law that came to America by the colonist was based on the law of Moses and the Apostles. The history of Israel, a theocratic government was, is and will continue to be light to the world.”

          If you want a monarchy with your god on the throne you should live elsewhere. I’ll stick to the rule of law.