by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/11/2012
You may remember my last article with recent news on the situation facing the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Then again it was during our “hacked period” so maybe you missed it. Check it out here. By now most of the country has heard of the controversy facing the BSA over their dismissal of a lesbian woman from her position as a den mother.
The BSA has had a long standing “zero tolerance” policy for homosexual members or leaders. They simply do not allow homosexuals into their organization and, as a private organization, has every right to do so. Truthfully, with rampant abuse taking place in the country it makes sense to safeguard young boys in every way possible. Now that news of Facebook’s child porn ring has rocked the country it’s no wonder parents feel better knowing a heterosexual male is spending the night in the woods with their sons. A recent article comments on the BSA’s right to be “exclusive”:
“As a private organization, the Boy Scouts has the legal right to exclude both gays and lesbians from membership and leadership. That right was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, but that has not ended the controversy. Since that decision, the Boy Scouts have paid dearly for the policy, as some cities and other governments and institutions have severed support and relationships with the BSA and its local programs.”
Unlike groups such as Komen that cave under pressure after mere days, the BSA has stood strong for more than a decade in the face of criticism and pressure. That alone deserves a merit badge.
A story at WorldNetDaily.com sums up the BSA’s position on why they do not allow homosexuals into their organization:
“Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay. Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”
I love their position. The Scouts are saying that their organization isn’t about dealing with complex socio-political issues that serve to divide many Americans. Their group is about moral training, character development, and developing real world skills that will serve young men their entire life. But they don’t stop there; they say what many people believe and what many politicians and homosexual advocates fear, they say these issues are best handled by parents and spiritual advisers! An excellent position for the BSA to take on the subject.
But here is where I really applaud the BSA, their position of true tolerance that many just can’t seem to wrap their heads around these days. They say:
“We fully understand and appreciate that not everyone will agree with any one position or policy…To disagree does not mean to disrespect, and we respect everyone’s right to have and express a different opinion…Scouting will continue to teach our members to treat everyone with courtesy and respect.”
This is true tolerance on display. It is acknowledging the inherent right of other people to have an opinion or view that is divergent from your own. In other words, it’s being able to respectfully, civilly, agree to disagree.
But homosexual advocates don’t seem to be able to do that. They want their lifestyle choice fully accepted and affirmed by every person without allowing those same people to disagree. That’s not tolerance, that’s bigotry and discrimination! How ironic for such people to be the worst offenders.
Rumors abound that this den mother was really removed because she uncovered improprieties of finances within the pack. I hope that’s not true. However, if it is I hope it is dealt with in an appropriate way. I don’t believe however she was simply removed for this purpose, considering the BSA’s long history of not allowing homosexual individuals into their organization. Rather this seems more like a smear campaign; time will tell.
For now I am grateful that the Scouts have stood resolute in their commitment to moral and character training of young men. Other groups could look to the Scouts as excellent examples.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.