For years the Boy Scouts of America has been pressured to allow homosexuals to serve as Scout leaders. After what is described “as a wide-ranging internal review, the century-old organization followed its principles, rejected arguments from pro-homosexual advocates, and reaffirmed its longtime anti-homosexual policy. I suspect that the Jerry Sandusky affair muted the typical moral outrage of the usual secular suspects.
The official policy reads: “While the B.S.A. does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the B.S.A.”
It’s shocking that anyone would even consider that homosexuals should serve as Scout masters or that discrimination based on sexual practices should not allowed. Secular humanism has led to a leveling of man. The leveling is accomplished by constantly lowering standards, whether they are religious, moral, or academic. Christian philosopher Cornelius Van Til has called this “integration downward into the void.”
Today’s defenders of homosexual behavior have, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “defined deviancy down”1 so that what was morally shocking twenty years ago is acceptable, or at least tolerated, behavior today. Robert Bork, no stranger to the moral double standard, explains the phenomenon:
“Emile Durkheim, a founder of sociology, posited that there is a limit to the amount of deviant behavior any community can ‘afford to recognize.’ As behavior worsens, the community adjusts its standards so that conduct once thought reprehensible is no longer deemed so.”2
At the same time, these same moral misfits are defining their own brand of moral deviancy up. What was considered morally normal thirty years ago — two-parents of the opposite sex married and living together, participation in the Boy Scouts and being protected from homosexual predators, rejecting a pro-death culture, and stay-at-home moms — is now
“portrayed as oppressive and shot through with pathologies, ‘As part of the vast social project of moral leveling,” [Charles] Krauthammer wrote, “it is not enough for the deviant to be normalized. The normal must be found to be deviant.’ This situation is thoroughly perverse. Underclass values become increasingly acceptable to the middle class, especially their young, and middle-class values become increasingly contemptible to the cultural elites.”3
Maybe we’re beginning to see a moral turn around in America. More organizations should learn from the Boy Scouts of America and stop backing down from the immoral bullies.
- Daniel Patrick Moyniham, “Defining Deviancy Down,” American Scholar (Winter 1993). [↩]
- Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline (New York: Regan Books, 1996), 3. [↩]
- Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 3–4. [↩]