So they carefully weighed the benefits of Scouting and they paled in comparison to the horror of limiting access of men attracted to boys to said boys.
Right on the money.
Some people think this is about gay "rights." The term "gay rights" is a parlor trick. It is about gay removal of rights. When you have the right to your own labor, to bear arms, to pursue happiness, to own property -- those rights affect soley the individual exercising them.
But gay "rights" are dependent on restricting the rights of others to discriminate freely and peacefully against open homosexuality. To call them "rights" is a lie. No one is talking about stringing up two guys for being gay -- how the heck would we ever really know? Two guys can be room mates and pals, or they might be flaming fags -- outide of their abode, how and why would we know? What the BSA seeks is to keep open homosexuality as far from the Boy Scouts as possible. It is well within its rights to do that, and every employer, employee, landlord, business, contractor, church, and organization private or public has the same right. Conversely, those same individuals and entities have the right to discriminate in favor of open homosexuality, and see how well they do when people exercise their right (which current discrimination laws punish us for exercising) to openly reject open homosexuality.
I think things would become a lot more serene and civilized.
Excellent post. Far too few people get that.