A pro-family leader and former Boy Scout says the Cub Scouts
could be adversely affected if the Boy Scouts of America decides to
lift its national ban on homosexual membership.
Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting
IRVING, TX (AP) (February 6, 2013) - The Boy Scouts of America's
national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift
its longstanding ban on "gay" scouts and leaders (
BSA said Wednesday the organization will take action on the
resolution at its national meeting in May.
The organization said last week it was considering a shift of
its policy, which has led officials to remove homosexual leaders
and scouts. That announcement pushed years of debate over the
policy to an even higher level.
President Barack Obama -- Scouting's honorary president -- spoke
in favor of letting homosexual scouts in. Others opposed a shift.
Protesters on both sides rallied at BSA headquarters in Irving,
Scout leaders across the country will now have to decide how to
handle a very delicate issue.
The Boy Scouts of America board is scheduled to vote on whether
to allow local scouting councils and troops to decide their own
policies regarding membership. That would mean individual scouting
organizations could allow homosexuals to become Scouts and scout
Robert Knight, senior fellow at the American Civil
Rights Union, was once a Boy Scout himself. He says if the
changes are approved, one has to ask how it could affect the Cub
Scouts, which comprises boys ageds 7 to 10.
"Right now, you have den mothers because of the very young boys
in the Cub Scouts," he says. "So it's okay to have den
So Knight says the push for lesbian den mothers is
"It's not as if [the BSA's decision] won't affect the boys in
the Cub Scout packs," he tells OneNewsNow. "They're not going to
ask questions and wonder why the leader [the den mother] has
rejected men and is embracing a woman instead. It's
"You see the problem here at the core is that America has been
told that homosexuality is now moral and healthy and normal, even
though it's none of the three. It's a sin. The Bible makes it clear
it's sinful. It hurts people."
And Knight says it would certainly be hurtful if young boys are
exposed to homosexuality in the Cub Scouts.
On Tuesday, more than 30 elected state officials in Texas
released an open letter encouraging the BSA to leave in
place their current policy regarding homosexuality. A "Save Our
Scouts" prayer vigil and rally is set for 10:00 a.m. today
(Wednesday) outside BSA National Headquarters in Irving, Texas.