The Boy Scouts are refusing to change their policy on not allowing openly gay people to serve in Scouting in any capacity.
The media recently have been panting over the possibility that the Boy Scouts might finally fold on their stance of upholding traditional moral values as activists tried new ploys to get gays into Scouting.
That gays want to change the Boy Scouts to suit themselves is nothing new. Several years ago, the Supreme Court had to weigh in on the issue and stood by the organization’s right to not associate with people who don’t uphold its clear values.
The most recent round of efforts to change the Scouts began when Jennifer Tyrrell, a Cub Scout den mother, was removed from her post for being a lesbian.
An Eagle Scout who was raised by two lesbians submitted an online petition with 250,000 signatures asking the Scouts to return the woman to her position as den mother.
A related resolution was submitted by a member of the Boy Scouts of America voting board in April that would have allowed individual chapters to determine their own membership policies regarding gays.
In an official statement this week, the BSA national office said, “Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is ‘reviewing’ a policy or signal a change in direction. … The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.”
Gays have always been free to start their own organization, but as long as they insist on trying to make everyone else adopt their worldview, the Boy Scouts organization will need to stand up for itself and the young men of America.