Family groups on Boy Scouts’ vote: Expect a mass exodus

Friday, May 24, 2013
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The Boy Scouts of America has turned against traditional values and moral standards - and that could turn off a large segment of America, according to pro-family groups.

Changes are in the wind for the BSA, as the organization has voted to change its century-old tradition of being morally straight. Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, Boys Scout delegates on Thursday voted - by a wide margin - in favor of a proposed policy to allow open homosexuals as members but not as Scout leaders. Homosexual activists on hand in Grapevine said that would be their next project: to pressure the organization to permit homosexual leaders.

Sharp, Randy (AFA)Randy Sharp, director of special projects at American Family Association, was on site for the vote.

"I think what we're going to see in the next year or so is a mass exodus of adults and boys from the Boy Scouts of America program," he tells OneNewsNow. "Some of the estimates that I've heard are up to 400,000 to 500,000 boys and adults will resign their positions with the Boy Scouts of America."


Family Research Council is disappointed as well, says spokesman Rob Schwarzwalder.

"No one hates homosexuals. This isn't about fear or homophobia, and this isn't about bigotry," he says. "This is about the moral values of our Judeo-Christian heritage, which teaches the only appropriate sexually intimate activity that exists [is] between a man and a woman within marriage. That's always been the affirmation of Scouts. It is no longer."

Alliance Defending Freedom anticipates future legal challenges from homosexual activists and their supporters.

Cortman, David (ADF)"Those promoting the agenda to change what the Boy Scouts have always been won't rest until there is complete acceptance of any sexual preference for both leaders and members," says ADF senior counsel David Cortman. "With its decision [on Thursday], BSA has rejected its freedom to promote and practice the values that have served to shape our nation's boys into leaders for the last century." 

Peter LaBarbera heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. "The Scouts has now become an organization which promotes the normalization of homosexuality," he laments. "If you say that open homosexuality is consistent with being morally straight, you are a confused organization. You're sending a confused moral message to young boys."

LaBarbera, PeterLaBarbera goes on to say that "the Scouts have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory that they won when they preserved the right in the Supreme Court years ago to not have homosexual Scouts."

AFA spokesman: BSA will regret decision

Sharp maintains the Scouts are going to have to change their oath. "They can no longer include a reverence to God. They can no longer include being morally straight inside the Scout oath," he argues. "So I think over the next couple of years they're going to really regret this decision."

The AFA spokesman adds that there are millions of boys in America who need a character-development program - and the Boy Scouts, by opting instead to promote an unhealthy, dangerous, and immoral lifestyle, will no longer provide that, he says.

AFA president Tim Wildmon, in a press release, adds: "The leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has failed the young men it represents. This is another influential American institution for good that has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness."

Schwarzwalder has a recommendation for parents over the next few months before the new policy is implemented on January 1.

"Parents should pray and think very carefully about whether or not they want their sons in an institution that welcomes boys and young men who identify as homosexual," he advises. "This is about whether or not we're going to expose our boys to issues of political and sexual controversy from a very early age, or whether or not we're going to protect them."

Schwarzwalder concludes "the Boy Scouts have made their choice - and now it's up to all of us to make ours.", which opposed the change, has announced that selected adults will hold a private meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, next month to form a new boys organization that will adhere to Judeo-Christian moral values.

Mormon Church on board with rule change

Churches are the primary hosts for Scout troops across the U.S., and the Assemblies of God has announced that it can no longer support an organization allowing openly homosexual members. But the Mormon Church says the Scouts' decision to lift its ban on homosexual Scouts will not affect the church's long-time association with the BSA.

The Associated Press reports that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a statement on its website saying sexual orientation has never been, and is not now, something that precludes young boys from being in Mormon Scout troops. Church officials said as long as youth refrain from premarital sex - a strict church rule - they can participate in Boy Scouts.

LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality believes the Scouts could have stood strong, but they had some help from the LDS.

"The Mormon Church, by pretty much endorsing this so-called 'compromise' by the Boy Scouts, actually facilitated this vote," he states. "This is a needless capitulation, and it's a sad day for this country.

"America is so morally confused. We keep kicking God to the curb ... and yet we want him to bless our country."

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