I am the Committee Chair of a Cub Scout Pack. I knew this was coming. Nevertheless I find myself saddened not only by the decision, but by the fact that the decision was made public before it was disseminated to local Scout Leadership. Whether this lack of communication is a failure at the National Council or my local council I do not know, but I do know that it is a failure.
The bigger failure, however, is the decision itself.
On my Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout Is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Whatever you believe about homosexuality, it is clear that homosexual behavior (separated by act of free will from homosexual urges or proclivities) is sin. Indeed, being “openly gay,” is an active choice to live in sin – to engage in that homosexual behavior.
Whatever you believe about homosexuality, you cannot be doing your duty to God, you cannot be morally straight, and you cannot be reverent if you are choosing to engage in homosexual behavior.
Whatever you believe about homosexuality, those three things: duty to God, morality, and reverence are part of being a Scout. It is one thing to allow openly homosexual children. I believe it is sick on many levels to assume that children of 12 or 13 can *be* homosexual in any meaningful way, but allowances can and should be made for Scouts. They are, after all, still learning about that duty to God. Leadership, however, must be held to the strictest standards.
The Scouts do not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages at scout functions. Why? Is it because alcohol is morally wrong? Is it because duty to God or Country requires one to abstain from drinking? Certainly not. The Scouts do not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages because it is unwise.
Openly homosexual leadership is beyond unwise. It is undermining the very Oath and Law we expect these boys to uphold. It is proving to them, in a way words will never be able to overcome, that the Oath and Law are “just words,” and have no meaning. It is proving to them that morality is based on convenience, and duty to God ends at doors of the church building.
What is worse about this decision is this: the homosexual lobby will not stop with this success. We already have proof of this. It will not be enough that religious charter organizations can decide about their own leadership. Ask Sweet Cakes in Oregon. Ask Memories Pizza. Ask any of dozens of photographers, bakers, and caterers who have been forced by the homosexual lobby with the assistance of the government to act in ways contrary to their consciences. Ask the homosexual lobby itself- the lobby already calling for the end of tax-exempt status for churches which do not support homosexual unions.
The Boy Scouts of America had won in court many times – as a private organization, they were under no requirement to accept homosexual leadership. Now they have thrown that away. Obviously the Boy Scouts of America no longer find it necessary to their charter to restrict homosexual parents to non-leadership roles. How much defense will local charter organizations and local packs have when the homosexual lobby comes again demanding acceptance?