In coming days, the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether to violate – eliminate, really – its own mission statement, oath, and law by changing its policy to allow, within its ranks, Scouts and Scoutmasters who are open practitioners of the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, to do so would destroy BSA’s credibility as a “morally straight” organization. Such foolhardy capitulation to extremist pressure groups would spell the demise of Scouting as we’ve known it.
The Prince of the Earth seeks to corrupt and ultimately destroy all that is righteous, honorable, and good. It’s little wonder, then, that for years, the Boy Scouts have faced a malicious and unrelenting assault at the hands of those “who call evil good and good evil.”
These attacks have played out in both the federal courts and in the court of public opinion. Still, notwithstanding multiple decisive victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, left-wing bullies appear to have worn the BSA leadership down to such point that this hitherto honorable organization is seriously deliberating a move most dishonorable.
If the BSA, with its proud tradition of teaching millions of young boys how to become honorable young men, gives in on this, the organization is toast. Oh, it might limp along as something else – something entirely different, worldly, and weak – but its long history as an upright, ethical, and God-honoring safe-haven for boys will come to a disgraceful close.
With her characteristically thoughtful analysis, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute lays out the Boy Scout mission statement and oath in a column headlined, “Save the Boy Scouts of America.” She then demonstrates how the BSA’s proposed policy change does violence to both:
The BSA mission statement:
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Boy Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight. [emphases added]
“How does the BSA promote fidelity to God,” asks Higgins, “if it permits men or women who affirm that which God views as detestable (i.e. homosexual acts) to serve as role models and leaders?”
“There exist objective truths regarding sexual morality,” she continues, “truths which if violated mar the image of God imprinted on men and women. When men have sex with men or women have sex with women, they demonstrate a profound disrespect for God and for themselves, which, although less important, violates the Boy Scout Law, which asserts that ‘a Scout is … reverent.’”
Indeed, like Higgins, millions of parents with young Scouts prefer to bask in the white glow of objective truth, rather than drown beneath the dark mire of political correctness. The homosexual lifestyle and sexual morality are unambiguously incompatible, notwithstanding a morally relative, postmodern zeitgeist that proclaims otherwise. Such morally minded values amount to “hate” or “homophobia” to the same degree that acknowledging earth’s roundness amounts to superstition.
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