The Boy Scouts of America's proposal to drop its no-homosexual
membership policy on a national level has alarmed some religious
organizations that support 70 percent of the scouting units.
Some major corporations have joined homosexual activists in
cancelling donations as a way to pressure the Boy Scouts into
changing its policy. Another pressure point is sex education --
activist groups want their version taught to Scouts instead of
leaving the conversation up to the parents.
Bart Gingerich of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD)
tells OneNewsNow there may be serious church fallout if the policy
is changed (
see related story).
Atheists: Scouts should lift more than 'gay'
NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Boy Scouts take an oath to do
their "duty to God" and keep themselves "morally straight," which
many see as supporting the long-standing ban on homosexual scouts
With the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America poised to
end that exclusion as early as next week, atheists want the ban on
them lifted as well.
American Atheists president David Silverman applauds the
proposal to let sponsors of local troops decide whether to accept
homosexuals, and says scouting should also welcome boys who don't
believe in God.
But BSA spokesman Deron Smith says a change in the policy toward
atheists is not being considered and that the BSA continues to view
"Duty to God" as one of its basic principles.
"Especially the Southern Baptist Church, the Roman Catholic
Church and also the Mormons are strongly opposed to this change,"
he reports. Those groups sponsor 70 percent of the Scout
units.Gingerich finds it obvious that activists want to have their
way, even if it is at the expense of the Boy Scouts.
"Let's not just call it the LGBT agenda; it's almost like an
alphabet mafia, really," he decides. "It's very thuggish."
And the IRD spokesman warns that if the Boy Scouts of America is
knocked down to its knees, a legitimate question might be: Which
organization is next?
"Their hope is to knock down everything that would oppose their
lifestyle and … demand affirmation," he asserts. "They see
themselves as leading a new civil rights movement."
Gingerich, an Eagle Scout, is hopeful the Boy Scouts will stand
strong against the two percent of the population that is trying to
force the organization to change.
Individuals have been invited to voice their opinions on the
issue to the Scouts' National Executive Board before it meets
February 4-6. Among the groups providing a means to do that is the
American Family Association, which has postedan online petition urging the Scouts to
reject any changes to its current policy.
AFA says if the BSA departs from its policy regarding homosexual
scoutmasters and boys in the program, "it will destroy the
legitimacy and the security of this iconic institution."