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.
That used to be the Scout Oath, the promise that every Boy Scout and Scoutmaster made to his community.
After years of social, political and legal pressure from people who have no respect for that oath, particularly the last two words, the Boy Scouts of America is poised to change its rules to allow for the first time Scouts and Scout leaders who are openly gay.
The national board is expected to adopt the rules change next week, according to USA Today.
The change passes the buck to local sponsoring groups to decide whether they want to allow gays into their troops. Many Scout sponsors are churches and synagogues that believe homosexuality is a sin, so they can still maintain the traditional Scout rules, but without the support of the national board, the sponsors will be opening themselves to further legal assaults by gay activist groups.
In July, BSA chief executive Bob Mazzuca said, “The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”
The proposed change has come about largely because of two liberal board members, Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of Ernst & Young, and several local groups infiltrated by gays and their supporters.
According to one Scouting website, the phrase “morally straight” in the Oath means, “To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs.”
There’s nothing honest, respectful or faithful in people joining the Boy Scouts for the purpose of forcing it to change. Despite the cultural propaganda from Hollywood, homosexuals remain less than 3 percent of the overall population, and the Scouts’ policy had been upheld by the Supreme Court. The national board is giving in to a PC fad that will ultimately drive away parents of boys who could have benefited from their program.
After all, what responsible parent would want to put a young boy in a program where he will be spending weekends overnight in the wilderness with openly gay men? It’s a situation to be avoided for the same common sense reason that men shouldn’t be overnight camp leaders for a bunch of Girl Scouts.
The people who’ve pushed for this change have themselves violated the Scout Oath, as they obviously have no intention of “obeying” the Scout Law and took the oath with intent to evade its meaning.
If this passes, the next group the BSA will find itself having to let in the front door is atheists, who at last check can’t stand the Oath’s reference to God or the part of the Scout Law that calls upon Scouts to be “reverent.”
More to the point, the BSA will likely find itself permanently changed like the Girl Scouts, which have become increasingly irrelevant as a training ground for young people as they have become saddled with more and more PC nonsense.