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R.I.P, Boy Scouts of America
Townhall ^ | 05/27/2013 | Matt Barber

Posted on 05/27/2013 7:51:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36)

It’s a sad day for both Scouting and for freedom. Indeed, it’s a sad day for America. The century-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – created in 1910 to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes” – has betrayed its own constituency, mission, oath and law.

Last Thursday, approximately 1,400 adult BSA delegates from around the country gathered in Texas and decided, in a disgracefully lopsided vote, to welcome into its ranks, “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members are sworn to uphold.

They voted unwisely.

History will reflect that on this day the BSA turned from morally straight to immorally bent – that this once great organization – founded on “honor,” “reverence” and biblical morality – was crushed beneath the worldly weight of pagan idolatry.

Whereas, for over a century, millions of boys have raised their right hands, swearing “on my honor” to “do my duty to God and my country” – on this day, hundreds of adult delegates likewise raised their right hands, shook their fists at God and flipped their middle fingers at both the boys they serve and the parents who trusted them.

While endeavoring to “gain the world,” this once honorable institution has forfeited its soul.

Scripture admonishes: “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23). This was a catastrophic miscalculation. It was sin, and, tragically, through this sin, the BSA has now effectively sealed its own fate. It has set into motion its own demise.

Even by its own estimates, BSA leadership admits that the decision will likely result in a mass exodus from Scouting. They anticipate that as many as 400,000 Scouts and Scouters will leave the organization (acceptable casualties in the war on morality, I guess). Still, as devastating as this number is, it too represents a gross miscalculation.

Consider, for instance, that when Canada’s version of the Boy Scouts voted in 1998 to welcome open homosexuality, its membership rolls plummeted by over half in just five years, forcing camp closures, staff layoffs and huge budget cuts. Looking north of the border for clues, then, we can expect that, with current membership at around 2.6 million, it’s more likely that roughly 1.5 million Boy Scouts and troop masters will walk.

Then again, we’re talking about “progressive” Canada. This is the good ol’ USA. With over 61 percent of Scouts, Scouters and parents opposing the homosexualization of Boy Scouts, and over 70 percent of U.S. Scout groups sponsored by churches and religious organizations, it’s not unreasonable to expect that defections will even exceed this estimate.

In short, BSA’s betrayal may well result in near-total ruin. The wages of sin is death.

Here’s the reality: Reality has not changed. Objective truth did not suddenly and miraculously reverse itself on May 23, 2013. As BSA has always acknowledged (until Thursday), homosexual behavior remains empirically disordered and immoral. The only thing that has changed is politics.

Ultimately, this decision had nothing to do with “tolerance” or “inclusivity.” Neither did it concern the best interests of the boys who make up Boy Scouting. Instead, this decision was rooted in pure evil. It had everything to do with money. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).

And wandered from the faith they have.

Now come the many griefs.

Really, three things drove this decision: Fear, greed and politics. A number of high-dollar corporate donors threatened to pull funding from BSA if they maintained the existing policy on sexual morality. Additionally, a number of extremist pressure groups, aided by a sympathetic left-wing media, brought tremendous pressure to bear.

But the pressure’s not going away. The BSA made a critical error in judgment. It showed weakness. This has only whipped these radicals into a heightened frenzy. Within moments of the “gay” announcement, Nancy Pelosi called the move “an important first step.” The Human Rights Campaign demanded “the new policy doesn’t go far enough,” and Mother Jones, a liberal online publication, posted an article titled, “Boy Scouts: You Can Be Gay Until You’re 18.”

Sin is never satisfied. The homofascist thirst for absolute affirmation is unquenchable.

What’s the next step? Activists now demand that adult men who desire sex with other males (“gay” scout masters) be allowed to take your sons camping overnight. Soon they’ll be insisting that “transgender boys” (girls who wish they were boys) be allowed to join as well.

What a camping trip. Imagine the pup tent. Your son and Jimmy – who’s got a crush on him – along with Billy and Billy’s boyfriend Bobby, all snuggly warm in the middle of nowhere. But make room for Sammy (formerly Suzie) and Sammy’s boyfriend Gary (formerly Gertrude).

Don’t forget to hang the disco ball.

And “always be prepared.”

You think there won’t be new membership stagnation? Who wants to sign their boy up for the “Gay Scouts”? What’s a kid gotta to do to earn his “tolerance badge”? Parents, you might want to get out while the gettin’s good. As one Eagle Scout told me, “I’m not leaving the Boy Scouts, the Boy Scouts left me.”

It’s only a matter of time until BSA caves on these demands as well. They’ll admit “gay” men and girls soon. They have no choice. Now that they’ve opened the door, they’ve waived the only legal defense they once had: religious and moral conviction.

But here’s the good news. I and dozens more will be convening for a coalition meeting of pro-family leaders next month in Louisville, Ky., to discuss the creation of a moral alternative to the Boy Scouts. Nature abhors a vacuum. We intend to fill it.

Still, until then, please join me as we mourn the loss of this once honorable organization. The Boy Scouts of America: Born Feb. 8, 1910 – Died May 23, 2013.

May it rest in peace.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boyscouts; bsa; gay; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; scouting; scouts; theend
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To: SeekAndFind
i quit giving money to the United Way when i could no longer designate my contribution to the BSA and gave directly to the BSA, now i don't have to worry about that anymore...

i'm done

41 posted on 05/27/2013 8:50:18 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Texas Eagle

As a former scout, I believe you may get a (lot) of support for your suggestion.

We need a competitor to stand forward.

I believe this is a huge opportunity. The boy scouts will now start relying on gays for their enrollment.

Their new competitor, will instead be where the boy scouts have been, since between their founding, and last week.

This was a massive miscalculation by the boy scouts, if there is a real competitor they will rise to the top on this.

42 posted on 05/27/2013 8:52:46 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: SeekAndFind
Might just as well throw Girl Scouts into the mix too and just have a single AllScouts® organization at this point.

Time for an all new Scout Law (sans God of course), transgender uniform options, progressive themed merit badges (could keep tracking and stalking I guess), etc.

43 posted on 05/27/2013 8:55:19 AM PDT by Bronzewound
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To: Chode

To be honest, I always thought the boy scouts was for the gay boys.

44 posted on 05/27/2013 8:55:30 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: SeekAndFind

Worth repeating:

“Sin is never satisfied.”

The destruction of the BSA was the goal of the homosexual activists. They do NOT want to be scouts. They just want to ruin it for straights. And in common with Democrats, any compromise just encourages them to want more, because sin is never satisfied.

45 posted on 05/27/2013 8:55:45 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now it is.

Homosexuals control the Gay Scouts (formerly known as the BSA) and the lesbians control the Girl Scouts.

It would be perfect for them to merge since both feel the need to be fabulous instead of prepared!

46 posted on 05/27/2013 8:57:27 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: stanne

If the vote was really ‘lopsided’ and the delegates were proportionately representative of the BSA, then I reckon it isn’t a good sign at all. I mean it’s the boy scouts. I would think that most bothering with it at all would be tend to be on the fairly conservative side of things and have common sense, but maybe I’m wrong about that.

It seems to me it is reasonable to have concerns about 15-17 year old boys being in charge of younger kids of a gender that they are attracted to. It would be the same concern if the girl scouts allowed older boys to be in charge of younger girls. But since it involves gays, it’s like that argument isn’t even a factor or something.


47 posted on 05/27/2013 8:57:45 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: SeekAndFind

Now that the sodomites have been let in, when will the transgenders and the practitioners of beastiality be let in?

48 posted on 05/27/2013 8:58:17 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the final years of Berlin's life, he grew reclusive. He had not had a hit song in decades. Rock music and performances by singer-songwriters had replaced the kind of music he had mastered. But even toward the end, he found comfort in knowing how many young people the royalties from "God Bless America" were helping. His belief was simple: Everyone, regardless of background or beginnings, should be given a chance to shine. After all, look what happened to him.

He died in 1989. The money will continue to go to Scout organizations as long as "God Bless America" is sung and played -- which is to say, as long as there is a United States of America.

Who walks away from $10 million?

Irving Berlin did. Happily and proudly.


The answer is as clear and direct as the second line in that song of his:

". . .land that I love. . . ."

49 posted on 05/27/2013 8:58:41 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

RE: His belief was simple: Everyone, regardless of background or beginnings, should be given a chance to shine.

So, you’re saying that he also has gays joining the scouts in mind as long as “God Bless America” is played?

50 posted on 05/27/2013 9:00:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: HiTech RedNeck
General Douglas MacArthur: Duty, Honor, Country
51 posted on 05/27/2013 9:08:08 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans.' -- Job 5:12)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is the end of BSA for sure. There is no one in my family who will ever go near the BSA again and I am sure there are many others who feel the same way.

52 posted on 05/27/2013 9:08:35 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: Josa

That’s the position my family is in. One son is working on his Eagle project, the other, if he pushes it can be done in a year. I’m Scoutmaster to a newer troop of younger boys and I suspect we’ll wrap it up and join an alternative organization.

53 posted on 05/27/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: AdaGray

Is there any one in your family now in scouts or has been ever?

54 posted on 05/27/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: SeekAndFind

The really sick thing about this is that the Gay Mafia doesn’t really care at all about the BSA, they just want to punish it. The irony is that they have hurt themselves and their desire to be accepted more than anything by totally jumping the shark with this move.

55 posted on 05/27/2013 9:11:04 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: Ransomed

It’s a very big picture issue.

The girl Scouts wimped out 20 years ago when they joined with Planned Parenthood.
be in any way a good organization as such, and so they are not. They can give it up or die a slow death, but teaching girls to be women cannot include teaching them to hate motherhood.

As for the BSA, the organization was formed to be a flagship for formation of boys. Teaching them to not ave respect for chastity is completely counter to that and it is, the lack of chastity in men and boys, probably the largest contributing factor in what is wrong with our failing culture.

the BSA takeover is simply meant to discourage and demoralize.

The arguments and logical wrestling of how can this be reconciled are merely ways to minimize and trivialize this horrific situation.

the only moral wrestling to be done is how can former boy scouts allow this. Are they wimpy or morally challenged, wanting to keep their right to be unchaste.

But the bombardment of the image of the homosexual act on our children is an offense that cries out to god for a response.

The French have it right. Where are the men on this?

56 posted on 05/27/2013 9:11:20 AM PDT by stanne
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To: AdaGray; Vaquero


GLAAD Pushes Boy Scouts to Now Lift Ban on Openly Gay Leaders, Volunteers


Members of GLAAD, a nonprofit organization that promotes LGBT advocacy, was at the Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Friday – one day after the BSA’s national council voted to allow openly gay membership – to advocate for additional policy changes acceptable to the gay community.


One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. “Master,” he said, “let me put my nose in your tent. It’s cold and stormy out here.” “By all means,” said the Arab, “and welcome” as he turned over and went to sleep.

A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, “I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here.” “Yes, you may put your forelegs within,” said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small.

Finally, the camel said, “May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do.” “Yes, yes,” said the Arab. “Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us.” So the camel crowded in. The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep. When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself.

57 posted on 05/27/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Then, tha Arab killed the camel and ate it

58 posted on 05/27/2013 9:13:00 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: stanne

God is capitalized.

59 posted on 05/27/2013 9:13:08 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
Good article, but I would make the case that the BSA basically ceased to exist once it became a typical major non-profit organization whose leadership was engaged primarily in the business of raising money from large corporate donors.

Pope Benedict XVI once suggested that every Catholic religious order should cease to exist after 100 years because it was inevitable that they would all lose contact with their real mission. I think the same can be said for any organization, and 100 years may be too long for some of them.

I'd suggest that any non-profit organization like the BSA whose leadership exists at anything higher than a county level is probably too large and shouldn't be in business.

60 posted on 05/27/2013 9:14:07 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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