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A plea to Scouts: Don’t let the ‘bad guys’ win

Charlie Butts,Jody Brown   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Leaders of traditional values groups believe if the Boy Scouts changes its policy regarding homosexuals as members and leaders, that organization could be deeply hurt.

Boy Scouts emblemThe proposal under consideration by the Boy Scouts of America, announced Monday, would remove sexual orientation from the national membership restriction and permit regional counsels to make their own decisions about membership.

"Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation," read a statement released yesterday by the Scouts' leadership. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families.

"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 Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs."

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012913The Scouts' announcement comes after years of controversy surrounding the current policy, including a high-profile Supreme Court case in June 2000, and -- more recently -- corporate campaigns to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts.

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Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, offers his take on the announcement.

"This is what's happening," he said on American Family Radio Monday afternoon. "The homosexual activists -- you know they succeeded in taking down the military with Barack Obama's help -- now they've been targeting the Boy Scouts using their allies in corporate America, where they get into the HR departments and they've been pressuring them like UPS [and Merck Foundation], even though a Gallup poll just out shows that a majority of Americans agree with the Boy Scouts' position."

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality reminds OneNewsNow that the Scouts went to the highest court in the nation to win the right to ban homosexuals in leadership positions -- but homosexual activists began pounding them, then some businesses stopped financial support.

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"If you take all that and you still come out strong, that's a victory," he says. "But if you allow all of that pressure to then change your values -- which is what they're doing here -- to accommodate homosexuality, then you've given in. You've let the bad buys win."

"It's very sad to see the Scouts cave on this," he continues. "If you capitulate to the homosexual lobby, you're capitulating to immorality; and you're not being 'morally straight,' as the Boy Scout creed says."

Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association, also alludes to the Scouts' oath. "The BSA, for years, has had character and integrity and has stood firm on moral values," he remarks. "If they reverse this policy, then what they're saying now is that to remain 'morally straight' isn't as important as they've been saying for the past 100 years."

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Sharp predicts that, should a policy change come to pass, fewer parents will allow their children to be members. And he points out that the BSA depends on adult volunteers to run the program.

"You're signing a death warrant when you say you're going to allow open homosexuals to participate in a program with young boys," adds the former Scoutmaster.

LaBarbera agrees. Parents, he says, do not want homosexual Scoutmasters going with their boys on campouts. "And you don't want homosexual Boy Scouts either because you don't want to have one homosexual Scout going around telling everybody about his homosexuality and how he's out and proud and everything. You don't want that influence of deviant sexuality among the boys itself."

"... Parents need to contact the Scouts and say Stick to the original policy ... Keep the Scouts morally straight," urges LaBarbera.

Expect attrition, says the SBC

According to The Associated Press, Southern Baptist leaders -- who consider homosexual acts sinful -- were furious about the possible change and said its approval might encourage their churches to support other boys' organizations instead. Sing Oldham, vice president for communications with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, says the possible policy change -- which was conveyed to the SBC last week -- would convince some congregations to do away with their Boy Scout troops.

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"They were hoping that there would not be any opposition from the Southern Baptist Convention," he tells AP. "[But] I do believe that there will be attrition over time as churches evaluate their long-term relationship with the Scouts and begin to look at other options in terms of serving the interests and the needs of boys."

He adds: "I just think over time that they're really spelling their own death knell as being the kind of vital organization they have been historically."

A final vote on any policy change could happen as early as next week.


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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