The objectives of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are referred to as the “Aims of Scouting” and they are: moral character development, citizenship training, and development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. The Boy Scout oath states, in part, that a scout will do his duty to God and his country, to keep himself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Yet none of these words were found in a statement from the president of the BSA, Robert Gates, as he announced a new policy to embrace—pardon the pun—homosexuals as scout leaders:
“For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good.”
In today’s announcement, the blanket ban on homosexual scout leaders was lifted while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.
According to Gates, lifting the ban was necessary to avoid being the target of lawsuits that the Scouts would likely lose, but with the exemption for religious reasons, Gates has actually created an environment where lawsuits are likely to increase. In fact, the BSA’s top leaders pledged to defend the right of any church-sponsored units to continue excluding homosexuals as adult volunteers, but that assurance provided little comfort to conservative church leaders.
As we have learned from the long debate over same-sex marriage, anyone who fails to fall in line with the radical-homosexual agenda will suffer the wrath of the Gay Mafia, a point that was confirmed by Kenneth Upton, a lawyer for the LGBT-rights group Lambda Legal:
“There will be a period of time where they’ll have some legal protection, but that doesn’t mean the lawsuits won’t keep coming. … They will become increasingly marginalized from the direction society is going.”
This isn’t the first time Gates has been instrumental in paving the way for sexual deviants. He was the Secretary of Defense when the military ended the “don’t ask – don’t tell” policy.
And his claim regarding the likelihood of losing in court is simply the lie of a coward afraid to do what’s right. The Supreme Court has already upheld the BSA’s right to exclude homosexuals in 2000 under the Freedom of Association protection found in the Bill of Rights.
So what’s really behind Mr. Gate’s decision? Well, membership numbers are down—partially due to the decision previously made by the Scouts to allow homosexual youth to become members—and corporate sponsors have reduced their donations. So the logical conclusion is that he was motivated by money and political correctness.
Oh, and the fact that he’s mentally asleep and morally bankrupt.
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative where he is proudly politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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