Archive for February, 2013

At our quarterly congregational ministry meeting, we took a signifianct action to become the chartered organization for Boys Scout Troop 85 effective April 1. The following Sunday, February 3, we recognized the Scouts and their famiies who make up the membership of that troop in our services as part of the national “Scout Sunday.” 

Ironically, the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) announced last week that the organization will consider a policy change which, if adopted, will undermine the foundations of the organization. No doubt, the policy change comes as a reaction to intense pressure that has been placed on the BSA over the past several months, including significant corporate sponsors who have threatened to withdraw their funding.  The proposed policy change would end any national policy regarding sexual orientation and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

This move saddens me. Even the official Boy Scout Oath requires that the conduct of the group’s members and leaders remain “morally straight.” The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the BSA with its prohibition of homosexual Scout leaders. However, the BSA board appears ready to cave to the strong-arm tactics of activists who will never end their pressure. If the activists succeed in forcing this policy change, the BSA will have abandoned its place of leadership for moral integrity. Although their principled position has made the organization a target for harassment, I urge the Boys Scouts not to compromise. In the end, I fear that the BSA may bring about its own death due to a self-inflicted wound.

The BSA needs to remain true to its values and ignore the cultural and corporate pressures. Scouting leaders need to hear from us. You will likely have difficulty getting through by telephone; however, give it a try. The number in Irving, Texas, is 972-580-2000.  I have sent an email through the BSA website: http://www.scouting.org/ContactUs.aspx. We must not sit idly by and hope that somebody will do something.