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Family “Research” Council Blames “Bullies” For Boy Scout Policy Change

Jim Burroway

January 28th, 2013

This email went out moments ago under the subject line, “Will the Boy Scouts stand up to bullies?”

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have heroically withstood attacks from homosexual activists. Now, officials from the organization have indicated that this may be about to change. The BSA says that it is “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.”

“Be prepared.” The motto of the venerable organization that has helped develop countless boys into men, preparedness is not only an aspiration, but a descriptor. Thus far they’ve been prepared to withstand the constant bullying by those who work to bring down all that the millions of dedicated Scouts and Scout leaders stand for.

A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an organization that has prided itself on the development of character in boys. In fact, according to a recent Gallup survey, only 42 percent of Americans support changing the policy to allow homosexual scout leaders.

As the BSA board meets next week, it is crucial that they hear from those who stand with them and their current policy regarding homosexuality. Please call the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000 and tell them that you want to see the organization stand firm in its moral values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children.

Please call the Boy Scouts at 972-580-2000!

Oh yes, do please call the Boy Scouts at 972-580-2000 — that’s 972-580-2000! — and thank them for opening Scouting up to those who have been bullied the most. Operators are standing by.

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Ben In Oakland
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

“you want to see the organization stand firm in its moral values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children.”

they can never resist “gays are gonna get your children” fear mongering, can they?

Sir Andrew
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

The enormous irony here is that Baden-Powell, the man who actually FOUNDED

Sir Andrew
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Don’t know why that suddenly post, but let’s try again.

The enormous irony here is that Baden-Powell, the man who actually FOUNDED the Boy Scouts and began the Scouting movement, was himself gay.

These BSA idiots are foolishly reading “morally straight” in the creed as meaning straight sexuality-speaking. People this stupid shoulde NEVER be allowed anywhere near our kids.

Erp
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

Actually we don’t know what Baden-Powell was except he married quite late and there are some other circumstances that might indicate he was gay. However he did eventually marry and had several children.

I note the BSA is still not lifting the ban on atheists. The GSUSA btw has never, as far as I know, had an officical ban on gays/lesbians and has allowed atheists since 1993 (by allowing girls to use alternative words for ‘God’ in the promise).

Scouts and Guides in Britain don’t ban gays/lesbians and are discussing modifying their promises to allow atheists to participate fully (apparently one can participate at many though not all levels in the Guides without making the promise).

Priya Lynn
January 28th, 2013 | LINK

If the boy scouts ever do lift the ban on atheists I wonder if the right wing conservatives will find that more upsetting than the lift on the ban on gays.

Ben in Oakland
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

Paraphrasing, I think, will Rogers, asto why they are not lifting the ban on atheists.

“I belong t no organized political party. You see, I a, an atheist.”

Charles
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

I just visited HotAir and read the responses to the possible lifting of the ban. The responses what you would expect, horrible. There is no reasoning with people who hold such views.

gsingjane
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

I am so excited and thrilled to see this! I had long thought that a good way for BSA to get away from endless fighting over “the policy” would be to turn the decision over to individual troops or councils, and now it looks like this is exactly what they may be considering. Unfortunately, the continuing furor over “the policy” is detracting from BSA’s core mission of providing wonderful programming for young men (and women, too, in Venturers). And I should know, both my sons went all through the end of high school and one of them Eagle’d, and I also served as an adult volunteer.

This will really be a terrific day, if National actually does do the right thing here. I can’t wait!

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