Parents and churches are being warned about the latest controversial move by the Boy Scouts of America.
In a speech Thursday in Atlanta at the Scouts' annual meeting, BSA President Robert Gates said the organization's "membership standards cannot be sustained."
He was hinting at a policy revision to allow open homosexuals to act as leaders and mentors to scouts.
Randy Sharp, director of Special Projects at the American Family Association, says the Boy Scouts are playing with a "clear and present danger" and parents should be aware.
"We would urge all parents to immediately remove their sons from the Boy Scouts of America," Sharp, speaking for the pro-family group, tells OneNewsNow.
He says homosexual leaders are poised to influence boys about their sexuality and their presence subjects boys to opportunities for sexual abuse by their trusted leaders.
Such an accusation is grounded in history. A 2012 investigation found the Boy Scouts allegedly failed to report hundreds of cases of child molestation to authorities for decades, USA Today reported at the time.
Even with open homosexuals excluded from the Boy Scouts, the scout organization maintained "perversion files" that documented predators among their leadership, The Los Angeles Times, after a lengthy investigation, has reported.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says the presence of open homosexuals will destroy the scouting organization.
"Because you cannot be a wholesome organization and promote the acceptance of sexual perversion at the same time," he warns.
Boy Scouts was founded in 1910 to teach boys and teens outdoor skills. The organization won a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2000 to exclude openly homosexual scouts and leaders only to announce in 2013 it would begin allowing homosexual youth to participate.
The Boy Scouts' own numbers show the organization has been losing members and the 2013 decision spawned a rival scouting organization, Trail Life USA, that has approximately 23, 000 members after it officially kicked off in 2014.
John Stemberger, chairman of the board for Trail Life USA, said in a statement that Trail Life is "saddened" by the Boy Scouts' announcement.
"It is tragic that the BSA is willing to risk the safety and security of its boys because of peer pressure from activist groups," he said.
Many churches that sponsored Boy Scout troops also dropped their support and Sharp says Gates' announcement is an "opportunity for the homosexual agenda to infiltrate the church."
Both Sharp and LaBarbera praise Trail Life USA and encourage parents to find a local troop – or start one.
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