MEDIA STATEMENT (From Boy Scouts of America — http://www.scouting.org)
Boy Scouts of America
Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations
“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.
“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be 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. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit that best meets the needs of their families.
“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
How do you feel about BSA’s leaning towards abandoning their 103 year history of support and protection of faith based troops – enabling these units, their local sponsors and their volunteer leaders to be sued over their membership policies at the local level?
How do you feel about BSA being coerced to this decision over greenmail tactics designed to hurt the organization that others claim to love so much that they are willing to do anything it takes to join — even embracing un-scout-like behaviors (coercion, greenmail, threats, bully-tactics, name calling, et.al.) to become scouts?
Should churches whose beliefs run counter to popular opinions have to abandon the scouting program due to cultural pressure for conformity’s sake and in doing so compromise their duty to God?
First they came to Public High Schools to indoctrinate the youth, but no one challenged the lies… Then they came to Junior High Schools to address the issues at an earlier age, but no one stopped the lies… Then they came to kindergarten to show them how to behave, why to distrust their own parents, and what to believe instead of what their families tell them — after all, big brother and big sister have already heard it….still no one objected. Then they realized that the nation’s single largest youth organization had been largely effective at shielding boys from their version of popular opinion they called “truth”, and it was time to get another group of boys indoctrinated to hate their parents and turn away from centuries of truth to believe the lies of the moment. Scouting took a stand, but most everyone else stood on the sidelines. Major corporations were bullied out of supporting the scouts, but no one else sent in any money (preferring to stand on the sidelines and say “isn’t that a shame — at least it doesn’t affect ME”) Employees of the affected corporations didn’t dare speak up to their employers even though they had been scouts as youth, and been hired because of the virtues built into them during their time in the program.
Will you make a stand now for scouts? If not, are you prepared to address this question – Who will fight for YOU when the rest of us have been marginalized, sidelined and silenced?
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