The Boy Scouts have now voted to drop "their discriminatory ban" on openly gay boys in scouts. Even though the Supreme Court voted in 2000 that they, as a private organization, had the right to decide who could and could not be members.
The new resolution actually says, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” According to a Washington Post online article.
I am so disappointed in the Boy Scouts of America right now. I can't even imagine who the delegates were who supposedly voted 61% for the resolution. According to a Scout leader I know, approximately 40% of Boy Scouts are Mormons. Then next two largest groups are Baptists and Catholics. Who voted yes on this resolution??? Apparently, the California and New York delegations and their liberal cohorts outnumber the majority of conservative voting delegates.
Will they have to change the Scout Oath?
On my honor I will do my bestLike the movement to ban the "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, will there be a movement to drop "to God" and "morally straight" from the Scout Oath? Or will relative morality come into play?
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
It is only a matter of time, then, before they'll have gay men leaders. I will not expose my sons to such immorality, nor put them in harms' way. I intend to wait until the 'chips fall' and the USCCB makes a statement. But, if the vote stands and the scouts change their policy to allow boys who are openly gay, we'll be looking elsewhere for activities for the boys. Thankfully, my oldest earned his Eagle Scout and is now an adult. Now we have to decide what to do with our 16- and 14-year old Boy Scouts and our 7 year old Cub Scout. We can't in all good conscience accept this resolution or the slippery slope the Boy Scouts are now on.
I certainly will not do any more recruiting for the Scouts. General Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, and Ernst Seton and William Boyce, co-founders in America, are turning in their graves right now. Any suggestions?
Update 5/24/13: The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement yesterday (including a video). Read it here.
Dr. Taylor Marshall has an idea for a Catholic Scouting Organization, the Scouts of St. George. Read about it here.