Cub Scouts will suffer if BSA lifts 'gay' ban

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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 homosexuals

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 ( more details).

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, outside Dallas.

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 leaders.

Knight, Robert (ACRU)

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 mothers."

So Knight says the push for lesbian den mothers is unthinkable.

"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 unthinkable.

"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.

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