Non-sexualized Boy Scouts alternative launched

By: Matt Barber

Recently, millions of Americans were shocked and saddened when the Boy Scouts  of America (BSA) disgracefully bowed to left-wing political pressure and became  something it had never before been: a hyper-politicized, aberrantly sexualized  petri dish for social and sexual experimentation. Created in 1910 to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices  over their lifetimes,” the BSA, on May 23, 2013, inexplicably voted 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 have  been sworn to uphold for over a century. Even worse, and in so doing, the BSA effectively waived the only legal  defense it once had to preclude openly homosexual Scout leaders and  gender-confused girls from its ranks: religious and moral conviction. It’s only  a matter of time until the BSA is forced to capitulate to sexual extremists’  political demands and allow adult males who define their identity based upon  carnal appetites for other males to take your boys on overnight camping  trips. This is particularly disquieting when you consider that homosexual assaults  against boys occur at an alarmingly disproportionate rate when compared to  heterosexual assaults. Of course, not every “gay” man – self-identified or  otherwise – is a pedophile, but, and despite baseless claims to the contrary,  many studies indicate that a disturbing  percentage of same-sex-attracted men are. Consider, for instance, a  study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, of over 200 convicted  pedophiles and pederasts. It found that “86 percent of offenders against males  described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” This demonstrates, as notes  Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that “homosexual or bisexual men  are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual  men.” That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: As the BSA leadership of fools  rapidly sinks, those who desire a safe, non-sexualized alternative to the Boy  Scouts now have a life raft. On Saturday, June 29, I, along with nearly 50 top  Christian, youth and scouting leaders from across the nation, took part in a  private, landmark meeting in Louisville, Ky. The meeting was convened to lay the  groundwork for a principled, values-based scout-like youth character development  program for young men. Although some finishing touches remain (such as the  organization’s official name), a press conference was recently held in  Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of this exciting new organization. [See video:]

“Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization  for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and  citizens,” notes the news release. “The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program  focused on leadership and character development for boys and founded on  principles and values that reflect a Christian worldview. “It will be open to all boys irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or  national origin,” continues the release. “Parents from all faiths are welcome to  place their children in the program. While boys may come from every religious  background, adult leaders in the program – from the National Board level to  individual unit volunteers – will adhere to a standard statement of Christian  faith and values. “The program and themes will teach practical life skills, an appreciation for  the outdoors, service to others, leadership, and character development. “The new organization’s name is currently in development and undergoing an  extensive process of legal research and trademark protection. The organizational  structure and primary programs are also currently being developed.” The mission statement reads as follows: “Our mission is simple and clear:  to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with  integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.” The new organization’s inaugural national convention will be held in  Nashville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, 2013. At the convention, the name, logo and branding information will be announced,  along with other details. The announcement continues: “In late November of this year the registration  process for chartering new units will be announced along with a transition plan  for scouting units interested in the new organization. We will be distinctly  different from the Boy Scouts although there will be some similarities. For  instance, rank advancements earned within the BSA will be transferable. “In addition, the organization’s membership policy will focus on sexual  purity rather than [so-called] sexual orientation. The policy will read, in  part: ‘the proper context for sexual relations is only between a man and a woman  in the covenant of marriage.’” This means that boys who struggle with same-sex temptation – a subjective  experience that, from a statistical standpoint, frequently dissipates over time  – will, of course, be allowed to join. Still, “open and avowed” homosexual  identity and socio-political activity, which are both an explicit violation of  the Judeo-Christian sexual-ethic, will not be permitted. I am so very honored to be on the ground floor of this incredible new youth  organization. As someone who works daily to counter the cultural damage of the  sexual anarchist lobby, I can assure you that homosexual activists’ interest in  scouts and scouting was never about the boys, but, rather, was always about  selfish adult political ambitions. Like a swarm of locusts, secular-”progressives” target that which is  righteous and God-honoring, fly in, devour it, and fly away in search of the  next Truth-based target. Sadly, the Boy Scouts of America is but their latest victim. Still, as we are promised in Romans 8:28: “[A]ll things God works for the  good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The official sendoff for this exciting new scout-like organization –  something very good indeed – will take place on Jan. 1, 2014. As goes the adage: “Out with the old, in with the new.”

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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