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.”
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.