Skip to comments.Boy Scouts asking for input on gay membership
Posted on 03/11/2013 7:38:38 PM PDT by Morgana
IRVING, TX, March 11, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) The Boy Scouts of America are asking for citizens across the country to express their opinion about the BSA's policy barring open homosexuals from joining the group as members or scoutmasters.
In a tiny link at the top of their website, the Scouts announced their review of the policy. A second link simply asks readers, Share your feedback.
Last July, the 100-year-old outdoor group announced it would maintain its moral standards for members and leaders. However, in January the national scouting organization bowed to pressure to reconsider the policy.
A decision was expected last month. However, roughly 20 percent of the youth members' councils asked for the decision to be delayed until May, when 1,400 members can vote at their upcoming meeting in Grapevine, Texas.
The BSA issued a statement at the time saying due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy."
Prominent figures have already weighed in on the ban's future. Texas Gov. Rick Perry weighed in for scouting tradition. Texas Gov. Rick Perry weighed in for scouting tradition.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, himself an Eagle Scout, stated that he hopes Scout leaders will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make scouting this very important and impactful organization.
More than 60 prominent Texas state lawmakers, including U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant, added their support last week, signing a statement calling on the Scouts to maintain the scouting tradition for future generations.
Capitulating to the liberal social agenda not only undermines the very principles of scouting, but sets the stage for the erosion of an organization that has defined the American experience for generations of young men, they write. We urge you to protect all that scouting has been, and all that it can remain.
Those who favor repealing the ban have also not been hesitant to make their views known.
In addition to homosexual lobbying groups, high-profile figures have called for the repeal of the ban on open homosexuality for scoutmasters and members. It was one of the issues that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agreed on in the 2012 presidential race.
The heritage of scouting was so important to the body's executive leadership that the Boy Scouts won a 5-4 Supreme Court decision recognizing the right of private organizations to determine their own membership policies in 2000.
My daughter is in American Heritage Girls, the conservative alternative to the Boy Scouts. The girls can go to a few things like Camporee, but have to sleep separate to ensure that there is no risk of sexual interaction.
If boys and girls are separate to protect them, so too should homosexuals and boys be separate.
As Mark Davis, a talk show host, has said, there should be no risk of sexual attraction between adults and children on a campout - regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of those attending.
Incidentally, some of The “Blue on Green” incidents in Afghanistan are due to US soldiers teasing the Afghanis about being gay. The Afghan culture mirrors the Greek culture when Alexander conquered them 2500 years ago. Male leaders use boys as sex puppets, but they deny that they are homosexual.
I’m afraid of this reliance on an online survey / contact us form. Too easily spammed to give a “go homo” vote. And not enough to get a true opinion of the parents whose children are at risk.
They need to ask?
Pull the plug now.
Okay BSA, let me help you out here: tell these queers to go to H*ll!
Homosexuality has nothing whatsoever to do with being a Scout! Nothing! What difference does it make if Johnny's fellow Scouts know that he's Gay? Nothing...except of course making them uncomfortable in certain situations. This is nothing more than the radical, militant, Homosexuals trying to shove their perversion down the throats of young boys!
These Queers have two options as I see it:
1) Start their own Queer Scouting Program
2) Join and keep their perversion to themselves.
It's the radical, militant, Homosexual Community who are being intolerant here!
The fact that the BSA are still kicking this can down the road is very troubling to me. I've got a bad feeling their going to cave to these degenerate Sodomites. If the BSA do cave, they deserve a speedy demise!
Same here, class of 19xx. We won Dale vs. BSA in 2000, so there is no legal reason to forfeit the member’s right to associate with whom they please, as indicated by entry requirements.
The BSA is a private organization with a 100-year old heritage. The BSA doesn’t have to be a government-mandated social experiment (like the US military has become).
Anyone on the national council who votes for this is putting money ahead of integrity and the protection of children.
I don’t think scouting is “sexual” either, but the Scouting Handbook definitely addresses issues of a sexual nature, including masturbation.
Are you prepared to see the Scouting Handbook for boys re-written to accomodate the acceptance of homosexual copulation practices? I wretch just thinking about it...
Adolescents are at a critical time in their sexual development — do we want openly homosexual men to be their role models?
While you’re considering it, what about atheists? Are you prepared to see the Scout Oath and Scout Law re-written to accomodate atheism?
If atheism is accepted into Scouting then what moral foundation remains?
I don’t know about you, but I say HELL NO to the admission of both homosexuals and atheists in the BSA.
I’m a Scoutmaster, founder of a troop, father of two Scouts, one of whom just got approved for his Eagle project tonight. My opinion is to change nothing and to keep this organization just as it is. There are other “inclusive” scouting type organizations. Utter failures with little active participation.
That said, the leaders of Scouts are idiots if they are asking for input from anyone.
They need to put out a very simple two question survey
1. Do you believe BSA should allow open homosexual leaders?
2. What is your Boy Scout Leader Identification Number?
Everyone else, I’m sorry but your opinion does not count.
have some balls and stick to a principle.
don’t try to give yourself cover or an excuse to change your mind based on what others tell you.
my God have some courage for your convictions! dammit!!!
Thanks for the link. Hopefully we will flood their inbox.
The same thing happened with the DADT bogus survey. The first ones were an overwhelming NO and the one that they claimed was positive was selective. It was only done by invitation only and not sent to all the troops like all the other useless surveys they send out.
I received the survey from BSA headquarters.
Here’s the url
That is a very negative and unhelpful attitude. Take some time and take the survey. Express yur opinion where it will be meaningful
I just got done filling it out. Read the questions carefully cause htey shift a few around to make sure you’re reading and not just filling them out. Lot’s of room for opinions. And they got mine...again.
Please do not change your organization’s stance in relation to allowing sexuality to intrude on the lives of young Scouts. Any sort of sexually reoated crap should be kept out of Scouting as much as possible.
Most gay males were molested as kids, this is how they recruit. Do you think its a good ideas to send little, impressionable boys camping overnight in the woods with a pedophile on a recruitment trip?
If this changes, I will really pray for the demise of the BSA.
Seems some of the board members have a problem with ‘mentally awake’ too.
Still, there is a way that the BSA can ‘cut the baby in half’ on this one:
If you look at this as ‘dealing with multiple genders’, then you could say, “OK, we’ll let them into the venturing program, where everyone is 14 or older. We already allow two genders into that program, a third isn’t going to make a difference.”
Is that “put not your trust in Princes”?