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This is disappointing but, ultimately, I see the decision to admit gays as inevitable for the BSA. Membership is declining, the myth of the link between homosexuality and pedophilia has thankfully been debunked, and the Corporate sponsors are pressuring the BSA as well, as they do not wish to be linked to prejudice. The effect of rabble rousing congregations that sponsor some troops is also diminishing in the face of more rational voices.
Hopefully the Boy Scouts will remain faith-based "On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God..." And will not acquiesce to the whims of our immoral culture. Tolerance is one thing but complete and total acceptance (undeniably the ultimate goal of the gay rights movement) in every aspect of our society's life (including and especially the Church) is unacceptable. Any faith-based organization that in any way considers homosexuality acceptable (in violation of Scripture) is no longer legitimately faith-based in my opinion and should remove any reference to God/Christianity from their structures and literature and turn their buildings into secular community centers because that is all that they can legitimately be called.
"deciding whether to move away from its divisive policy of excluding gays as scouts or adult leaders." Interesting use of the English language. Since there are two schools of thought on the matter the policy will remain "divisive" if it stays the same or is changed. "its divisive policy of including gays as scouts or adult leaders."
Why does this matter? I think many people that are making a big deal of this would never join anyways. If there is that many gays that want to join (and I question that they really do), then start the gayscouts! People do this all the time with churches when they don't agree with policies or teachings of a church. The Boy Scouts is a private group that takes no tax dollars. Can I, a Lutheran join a Somali youth center?
Certainly the biggest mistake the BSA will ever make if the make this change. It'll be like letting alcholics loose in a liquor store.
So disappointed that they have backed off their decision to admit all boys interested in Scouting! Hope they get a backbone and stop listening to the bigots out there that claim to be the one and only believers.
dighollywood--"Any faith-based organization that in any way considers homosexuality acceptable (in violation of Scripture) is no longer legitimately faith-based in my opinion..." Exactly. That's just your opinion. There are many. Why should yours be given preference?
Franknjack - not my opinion as you interpret my post but rather biblical opinion which is exceedingly higher than mine or yours.
This is, or should be, a non-issue. The Boy Scouts of America are a private organization that accepts no government funding and as such are allowed to set whatever standards for membership or leadership that they choose. Should they compromise their principles because of the activists' whining? One would hope not.
It's not really activists whining when the CEO of AT&T (a sponsor of the BSA) says this should change. Last I checked I hated AT&T because the were a big money grabbing corporation, not a band of hippie activists .(and this company is based in Texas). Both are private organizations entitled to their speech. I take exception to biblical interpretation to justify one's bigotry. Biblical interpretation was used to justify slavery. And one wonder's why there is a religious decline in this country.
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