Whither the Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts are considering a major policy change concerning homosexuals. It will affect all of us.

This change is about survival for the Scouts, not new convictions. For years, the organization has been the target of gay activists and atheist groups. And those characters know exactly how to hit organizations that oppose them where it hurts most: in the pocketbook and in court. Already, many major corporations and charities have been pressured into de-funding the Boy Scouts.

 

Early this week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they may soon drop their national policy that prohibits openly homosexual Scouts and Scout leaders from participating. Instead, it would allow local units to make the decision.

So in other words, Scout units based in Bible-believing churches may continue to uphold their moral and religious convictions on human sexuality. And homosexual youths and adults will no doubt find units based in public schools or more liberal churches that would welcome them.

So what does all this mean?

First, this change is about survival for the Scouts, not new convictions. For years, the organization has been the target of gay activists and atheist groups. And those characters know exactly how to hit organizations that oppose them where it hurts most: in the pocketbook and in court. Already, many major corporations and charities have been pressured into de-funding the Boy Scouts. And for years the Scouts have incurred the heavy financial burden of defending their ability to set their own membership standards all the way to the Supreme Court.

It may be that the Scouts have decided the only way for the organization to survive is to allow local groups to decide for themselves.

But even so, I think this policy change is a bad decision, not just for the Scouts, but for our country and our culture.

For one thing, even if the Boy Scouts do go ahead and let local affiliates decide whether to allow homosexuals to participate, many gay activists won’t call off the assault.

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