MAKING MY CASE FOR THE BOY SCOUTS
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman Liberty Counsel
Here’s the text of my commentary published in the Orlando Sentinel on February 22…
A national uproar apparently caused the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America to postpone until May a vote on whether to allow homosexual Scouts and Scoutmasters among their ranks.
After more than 100 years as a private organization with the highest of moral standards, top scouting officials had initially floated the idea of rescinding the prohibition on homosexual members and leaders after reaffirming their policy last summer.
This reaffirmation followed just four years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the Scouts to set their own membership policy in regards to homosexuals in the 2008 case, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale.
Rather than resolving to uphold the Scout Law, which says that Scouts are to keep themselves "morally straight," some members of the executive board began a covert campaign to change the policy. Two members of the executive board in particular were instrumental in pressuring their fellow board members to reconsider the ban.
Reportedly the strongest advocates for changing the common-sense policy were board members Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, and Jim Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young. Pro-family groups have called for their resignation from scouting, as well they should.
If the BSA were to lift the ban on homosexuality, whether across the board for all Scouts or as an option for local councils, such change would ruin the Scouts and betray millions who have participated in the organization since its founding in 1908.
Such a policy change would violate the moral values inherent in the Scout Law and Oath, and it would be a slap in the face to the churches, religious organizations, and local volunteers who sponsor and fund the vast majority of Scout troops.
And changing the policy to allow local councils to determine whether to allow homosexuals would not end this battle.
The Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lobbying group, said such a change is not good enough.
The HRC will continue to pressure corporations to stop funding the Scouts until homosexuality is fully embraced by the organization.
Shame on the HRC to pressure the Scouts to embrace a lifestyle that many Americans believe is immoral.
With Chick-fil-A and now the Scouts, we are clearly seeing the radical edge of the homosexual agenda.
This agenda has nothing to do with tolerance. It is only about dominance, in-your-face pressure, and tactics to force people and pro-family institutions to accept their lifestyle as normal and preferred. The Scouts must stand firm against this pressure.
For more than a century, the Boy Scouts represented cherished American values.
If the Scouts were to abandon its principles, the result would be disastrous. After the Scouts in Canada opened the doors to homosexuals in 1999, membership fell. The Scouts now march in so-called "gay pride" parades.
In America, the results would be similar. The Scouts would become a sham.
Scouting should hold firm to the transcendent values the organization has long promoted, demonstrating the courage that is asked of every Boy Scout.
++pro-homosexual bullying is taking a huge toll on one of America’s premier youth organizations.
We must take action and deliver as many strongly worded petitions as possible in advance of the BSA vote! Losing the positive impact of the Scouting program on the moral grounding of America’s youth would be a national tragedy!
Please help us encourage the Boy Scouts to hold to their principles by encouraging your likeminded friends, family, church members, or social groups to join you in signing this petition today! Share this petition link everywhere you possibly can:
++Be sure to get your copy of "Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence: How America Was Betrayed by the Lies and Sexual Crimes of a Mad ‘Scientist’.”
The (truly) mad scientist who secretly spawned an immoral and perverted sexual revolution was Professor Alfred Kinsey, author of the famous Kinsey Reports on human sexuality.
When I talked with Dr. Reisman about our campaign to encourage the Boy Scouts to hold the line against pro-homosexual activism, she told me something very interesting about Alfred Kinsey…
Dr. Reisman has conclusively proven how Kinsey's frauds gutted our child and family protective laws, as well as justified Planned Parenthood's school sex education, Hugh Hefner's pornography plague, and the "gay rights" movement. The Kinsey Institute still gets millions of your tax dollars.
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Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. If you would like to comment on my Orlando Sentinel column, it is posted on our new website, Liberty Connect: www.libertycounsel.com
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