A friend of mine always tells me, “If you want to understand why organizations change fundamental direction, you need to follow two things. Follow the confession (what an organization believes) and follow the money. More often than not, the creed is changed because of the money. Sometimes the pressure for creedal1 change comes from outside groups.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a case in point.
Conservative and Christian groups have defended the BSA for more than a decade when the organization was bullied by homosexual groups to accept homosexuals as Scout leaders. In a dramatic policy shift, the BSA announced, “under pressure from questions raised by The Christian Post, that the organization is likely to allow professed homosexuals to become scout leaders and that a vote on the matter is scheduled at the group’s executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February.”
So what brought about this policy change since there is no legal requirement on the Scouts to accept homosexuals as leaders since the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, “that the group had the constitutional right to ‘freedom of association’ — allowing it and other groups to exclude persons from membership when the ‘the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group’s ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.’ The essence of the ruling was that the organization’s opposition to homosexuality is part of the BSA’s ‘expressive message’ and allowing homosexuals as adult leaders would run in opposition to that message.”
Follow the creed is a good place to start. Some of the largest groups supporting the BSA are liberal religious organizations. Of the Top 10 Chartered Organizations associated with the Boy Scouts of America, the second largest number of Scouts comes from the liberal United Methodist Church that has a pro-homosexual policy. The same is true of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that’s fifth on the list.
The stated mission of the Boy Scouts is “to instill values in young people” and “prepare them to make ethical choices.” The Scout’s oath includes a pledge “to do my duty to God” and keep himself “morally straight.”
BSA officials say that the “Duty to God” principle will remain. How is this possible when God describes homosexuality as a moral evil?
There’s no upside to this shift in policy except at the corporate funding level. A lot of funding for the BSA comes from large organizations. “According to a website that tracks donations, the Boy Scouts receive 64 percent of its funding from corporate donors.” That’s about $85 million dollars a year. When the group took a righteous stand on its principles of more than a hundred years, a number of companies pulled their funding. Some of the biggest were United Parcel Service (UPS), Merck, and Major League Soccer.
In September of 2012, pressure was put on computer chip manufacturer Intel — the BSA’s largest donor — to pull its $700,000 in funding. A pro-homosexual organization is developing petition drives against other Fortune 500 companies that are donors with non-discrimination policies.
A scouting official said, “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 long do you think the “exception clause” will last before homosexual groups will make sure corporate donors don’t contribute until the pro-homosexual policy is made mandatory for every troop no matter what religious reservations its group leaders have?
The BSA board meets next week. Let them know your views on this issue. Liberals win because they work at winning. Please call the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000 and tell them that you want to see the organization stand firm in its moral values.
- From the Latin credo, “I believe.” The Apostles’ Creed begins, “I believe. . . “ [↩]