From their very own web page
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.
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.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
With the exception of some Episcopalians most churches do not sanction homosexuality. The fact that in multiple places in the sacred writings of most religions there is prohibition against homosexuality should I guess be discounted one wonders. Why were ancient people were so set against the practice, if one discounts the “God” references. Some might suggest fear of anything that is different but if that were the case we’d still be living in mud huts, grubbing for food and grunting, so that’s not the answer. Maybe the ancients were just bigots. Of course that doesn’t explain the assimilation of conquered peoples or of those who simply immigrated to new places. Of course there is the old idea that the writers and storytellers were the ones making policies and decisions but that doesn’t happen in the real world or at least it didn’t affect the average Joe then. Most folks couldn’t read anyway and many lived on the fringe of civilization.
It is entirely possible that ancient peoples understood that in order for the species to survive it has to procreate. That’s right they needed “birthers” a slang word used in the Gay community to describe heterosexuals to ensure that society survived. Of course today medical science has been able to circumvent the natural order of things and build babies in test tubes as well as provide opportunities to infertile couples to have their own children. All of this is good news for those who seek to have families but are medically unable to, including homosexual partnerships. Putting aside the religious prohibition the cultural implications are disturbing. How can one raise a functioning, morally straight individual if one is unable to provide such an example. Bending and breaking the laws of nature will bring about unintended consequences as we say in the AIDS epidemic. Did gays cause it ? No. Was it a curse from God? No. Did bad behavior (ie multiple partners, unsafe habits and an unwillingness to accept consequences) cause the disease to spread from Africa (where it originated) through out the entire planet? Absolutely. Were gays the only ones with that kind of behavior? No again but they were the first large group to be affected and it could have been stopped in it’s tracks but it wasn’t.
If the Scouts decide to compromise here it is only fair to take out the ban on women leaders and girls in scouting. Thus making it a social club not an organization to grow responsible, reasoning, mature men and therefore is no different from any other “social/political” organization including NABLA. How very sad that something that has served the nation for over a century, providing leadership, service and undaunted self sacrifice will be turned into just another group with it’s hand out for more of the nations dwindling resources. More and more people will pull their sons from the program and contrary to political thinkers these boys will not be replaced by “gay” youths and girls. Better that the Scout should close their doors than become so much less than what they are. Mr Baden Powell is most probably disgusted with the whole thing. It’s good he’s not here to see it.