Will Boy Scouts Cave In to Gay Bullying?

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 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.

“No one is arguing that homosexual men and women are devoid of admirable values and traits that boys would be well-served to emulate,” concludes Higgins. “What many are arguing is that the affirmation of a homosexual identity is not one of them.”

In the past, the BSA has recognized this simple reality – a fundamental truth observed by every major world religion, thousands of years of history and uncompromising third-grade biology: Homosexual behavior is always wrong in every way.

Still, under immense socio-political – indeed spiritual pressure, the Boy Scouts appear poised to play a very dangerous, self-deluded game of “the Scoutmaster wears no clothes.” They’re flirting with the queer idea of an about turn – of betraying both absolute truth and the very boys they serve.

Instead of teaching young men to stand up to the bully, they would model surrender – teach them that, when you reach an adversarial fork in the road, take the primrose path of least resistance.

But it’s much worse than all that. We mustn’t ignore the pink elephant in the room; the Penn State factor. Should the BSA cave beneath the weight of sexual anarchist intimidation, Scoutmaster Sandusky joins the jamboree.

Of course, not every “gay” man – self-identified or otherwise – is a pedophile, but studies indicate that homosexual assaults against boys occur at an alarmingly disproportionate rate when compared to heterosexual assaults. The very act of a man molesting a boy unquestionably involves both same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior (a “gay” by any other name…).

Consider, for instance, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, of over 200 convicted pedophiles. It found that “86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” This demonstrates, as noted by Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that “homosexual or bisexual men are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men.”

No loving, self-respecting father in his right mind would leave his son in the care of – allow him to go camping with – an “out and proud” man whose very identity is somehow defined by the fact that he craves sex with other males.

I pray the Boy Scouts will remain faithful to their cause. I pray they will stay “morally straight” and not allow themselves to be bullied – “immorally bent” – by child-corrupting “gay” extremists.

To be sure, the biblical model instructs that we both love and pray for those caught-up in homosexual sin, as with any form of sexual immorality. But to openly affirm such medically, emotionally and spiritually self-destructive behavior runs counter to all for which the BSA stands.

Don’t give in to the bullies, Boy Scouts of America. Honor your oath. Do your duty to God and country. Stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Don’t give up on our boys.

Otherwise, we’re giving up on you.

(Contact the BSA Board of Directors.)

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)


  • dntmkmecomoverther

    This entire issue boils down to a critical issue with people today: an almost complete lack of understanding of, and ability to commit to ANYTHING. We see it in ethics, marriage, job/vocation, neighbor, and any activity which might help someone else besides ourselves. Our generation has become the non committed; and we will have missed the joy and comfort and peace that commitment brings. What a shame!

    The BSA has, for over a century, taught young boys how to be and act like men. That was their commitment. To now walk away from that commitment, is to abandon the very boys their motto calls them to mentor ' in doing their duty to God and Country'.

    Let us pray that these leaders at the BSA stand fast, and tow the line of being committed to the God who has authority to claim and define 'right' and 'wrong'.

  • Remington 870

    First Homosexual President Obama would love for Barney Frank and his ilk to infiltrate the BSA. Like letting a fox babysit the chickens. The BSA better never allow this to happen. So what if all the gay cry? The Boy Scouts is for young boys and men, not young boys and men who want to play with each other. Stand Tall BSA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.rose.129 Gary Rose

      Remington Right to the Point Really how many Million agree with us?Anybody in Their Right Mind Right>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • RockyMtn1776

    I hope they don't cave. I'd rather they disband than agree to this.

    • bull57

      Oh Rocky you are so right. As a former BSA member it would be such a shame. The BSA is an institution from days gone by, simpler times. A common bond of boys and men from ages 90 to 9. Something's are meant to defy political correctness and the BSA is one.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    "Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked." (Proverbs 25:26)

  • http://www.facebook.com/corky.rowe Corky Rowe

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything said by the previous poster, he did an admiral job of describing what most all of us, men, who have had any dealings with the Boy Scouts, feel. Their mission statement would probably include such things as mentoring young males to grow up to be healthy, empathetic, caring, helpful young fellows who know what it means to have a be friends with other likeminded fellows. They also learn to be MEN, not just males, but MEN. There is a difference, and that difference is taught in the Boy Scouts. Our culture is being constantly bombarded by those on the left that would seek to change our basic life principles, to align with others that are 180% from where we live. That change has taken place in many of our establishments as it is, and now they've set their sights on the BSA. We will need strong, male leaders who can stave off the attacks, and keep our boys safe, until they can take on the mantle of manhood and be comfortable in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carla-Virga/700576551 Carla Virga

    "To do my duty to God and my country"... so what's to decide?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abinico-Warez/100002657822528 Abinico Warez

    This is proof that the gays are out to dominate and destroy heterosexuality in society. If this was not the case they would create their own gay organization, but no, yet again they demand their perversion be treated as a natural norm.

    • Teriqua Jones

      I am afraid you may be right. Unfortunately, we have a bi-sexual president in office and he will probably force the BSA to allow gays to join.

  • Teriqua Jones

    Why is this an issue? We have had gay men for at least as long as we have had Boy Scouts.
    Why are gay men suddenly wanting to join this group?

  • Paul Metcalf

    I was a boy scout when I was young and I didn't even know what a faggot was, now these boys are exposed to it daily on tv and the internet and even at school where they are brainwashing our kids to believe that they are normal and natural.
    There is nothing normal or natural or MORAL about these butt bumping morons that want to push their lifestyle on everyone else.

  • Bill Vose

    As one who came up through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts them served in various adult capacities, I find that the very idea of allowing gays in is repugnant. Having seen the news media point fingers at any scout leader found molesting the boys and now seeing them on the side of the left wing makes me really wonder whose side are they on? We had one involved with me troop, one who I remember being a respected Scoutmaster when I was a boy and a camp director that was fantastic, he just had a thing for teenage boys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000222737084 Patti Berry

    Had I wished for my sons to be anything other than men, I would have had them join the Girl Scouts of America. The BSA was founded in all that a moral, God loving man stands for, and boys to become men of men. Good grief, if these people need an organization, they should form their own and create their own by-laws. Leave our boys alone - let them become men honorably.