R.I.P., Boy Scouts of America

By: Matt Barber

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their  soul?” (Mark 8:36)

It’s a sad day for both Scouting and for freedom. Indeed, it’s a sad day for  America. The century-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – created in 1910 to  “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes” –  has betrayed its own constituency, mission, oath and law.

On Thursday, approximately 1,400 adult BSA delegates from around the country  gathered in Texas and decided, in a disgracefully lopsided vote, to welcome into  its ranks, “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual attraction and  behavior), thereby disavowing the “morally straight” Scout Oath its members are  sworn to uphold.

They voted unwisely.

History will reflect that on this day the BSA turned from morally straight to  immorally bent – that this once great organization – founded on “honor,”  “reverence” and biblical morality – was crushed beneath the worldly weight of  pagan idolatry.

Whereas, for over a century, millions of boys have raised their right hands,  swearing “on my honor” to “do my duty to God and my country” – on this day,  hundreds of adult delegates likewise raised their right hands, shook their fists  at God and flipped their middle fingers at both the boys they serve and the  parents who trusted them.

While endeavoring to “gain the world,” this once honorable institution has  forfeited its soul.

Scripture admonishes: “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23). This was a  catastrophic miscalculation. It was sin, and, tragically, through this sin, the  BSA has now effectively sealed its own fate. It has set into motion its own  demise.

Even by its own estimates, BSA leadership admits that the decision will  likely result in a mass exodus from Scouting. They anticipate that as many as  400,000 Scouts and Scouters will leave the organization (acceptable casualties  in the war on morality, I guess). Still, as devastating as this number is, it  too represents a gross miscalculation.

Consider, for instance, that when Canada’s version of the Boy Scouts voted in  1998 to welcome open homosexuality, its membership rolls plummeted by over half  in just five years, forcing camp closures, staff layoffs and huge budget cuts.  Looking north of the border for clues, then, we can expect that, with current  membership at around 2.6 million, it’s more likely that roughly 1.5 million Boy  Scouts and troop masters will walk.

Then again, we’re talking about “progressive” Canada. This is the good ol’  USA. With over 61 percent of Scouts, Scouters and parents opposing the  homosexualization of Boy Scouts, and over 70 percent of U.S. Scout groups  sponsored by churches and religious organizations, it’s not unreasonable to  expect that defections will even exceed this estimate.

In short, BSA’s betrayal may well result in near-total ruin. The wages of sin  is death.

Here’s the reality: Reality has not changed. Objective truth did not suddenly  and miraculously reverse itself on May 23, 2013. As BSA has always acknowledged  (until Thursday), homosexual behavior remains empirically disordered and  immoral. The only thing that has changed is politics.

Ultimately, this decision had nothing to do with “tolerance” or  “inclusivity.” Neither did it concern the best interests of the boys who make up  Boy Scouting. Instead, this decision was rooted in pure evil. It had everything  to do with money. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some  people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves  with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).

And wandered from the faith they have.

Now come the many griefs.

Really, three things drove this decision: Fear, greed and politics. A number  of high-dollar corporate donors threatened to pull funding from BSA if they  maintained the existing policy on sexual morality. Additionally, a number of  extremist pressure groups, aided by a sympathetic left-wing media, brought  tremendous pressure to bear.

But the pressure’s not going away. The BSA made a critical error in judgment.  It showed weakness. This has only whipped these radicals into a heightened  frenzy. Within moments of the “gay” announcement, Nancy Pelosi called the move  “an important first step.” The Human Rights Campaign demanded “the new policy  doesn’t go far enough,” and Mother Jones, a liberal online publication, posted  an article titled, “Boy Scouts: You Can Be Gay Until You’re 18.”

Sin is never satisfied. The homofascist thirst for absolute affirmation is  unquenchable.

What’s the next step? Activists now demand that adult men who desire sex with  other males (“gay” scout masters) be allowed to take your sons camping  overnight. Soon they’ll be insisting that “transgender boys” (girls who wish  they were boys) be allowed to join as well.

What a camping trip! Imagine the pup tent. Your son and Jimmy – who’s got a  crush on him – along with Billy and Billy’s boyfriend Bobby, all snuggly warm in  the middle of nowhere. But make room for Sammy (formerly Suzie) and Sammy’s  boyfriend Gary (formerly Gertrude).

Don’t forget to hang the disco ball.

And “always be prepared!”

You think there won’t be new membership stagnation? Who wants to sign their  boy up for the “Gay Scouts”? What’s a kid gotta to do to earn his “tolerance  badge”? Parents, you might want to get out while the gettin’s good. As one Eagle  Scout told me, “I’m not leaving the Boy Scouts, the Boy Scouts left me.”

It’s only a matter of time until BSA caves on these demands as well. They’ll  admit “gay” men and girls soon. They have no choice. Now that they’ve opened the  door, they’ve waived the only legal defense they once had: religious and moral  conviction.

But here’s the good news. I and dozens more will be convening for a coalition  meeting of pro-family leaders next month in Louisville, Ky., to discuss the  creation of a moral alternative to the Boy Scouts. Nature abhors a vacuum. We  intend to fill it.

Still, until then, please join me as we mourn the loss of this once honorable  organization. The Boy Scouts of America: Born Feb. 8, 1910 – Died May 23,  2013.

May it rest in peace.

About The Author Matt Barber:
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)

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