Thursday, February 7, 2013

Will the Boy Scouts Give In?

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 Say it isn’t so! Not the Boy Scouts. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I opened my e-mail and found an urgent request from the Family Research Council to call the Boy Scouts. http://www.frc.org/alert/breaking-news-will-the-boy-scouts-stand-up-to-bullies The Boy Scouts were “considering” revising their policy of allowing active homosexuals to participate as scouts and leaders.

A statement released from the national leadership of the Boy Scouts stated they were “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.”  They were going to defer membership requirements to local groups.

What are the contributing factors to the Boy Scouts considering caving into the demands of homosexual activists and media pressure? Certainly media hype surrounding two cases last year were major contributors. One story concerned Ryan Andresen, who was denied his Eagle Scout badge because he considers himself homosexual. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/06/was-a-boy-scout-denied-an-award-because-hes-gay/

In another incident, den leader Jennifer Tyrrell was asked to leave because she is a lesbian.
Both Ryan’s mom and Jennifer Tyrrell generated petitions with large numbers of signatures to change the policy. Never mind that in both instances, they were fully aware of the Boy Scouts policy, but wielded pressure on the organization to change its policy for them. And never mind that the media pushing the homosexual agenda totally omitted the fact that Andresen did not want to take the scout Oath because he did not agree to Duty to God. “This scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout counselor that he does not agree to scouting’s principle of ‘Duty to God’ and does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation,” Deron Smith, a spokesman for the organization said in a statement. “Agreeing to do one’s ‘Duty to God’ is a part of the scout Oath and Law and a requirement of achieving the Eagle Scout rank” (My underlining). http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/05/162371701/teenage-boy-scout-denied-organizations-top-rank-because-hes-gay

In addition to distorting the facts about the Andresen case, the mainstream media is also disregarding a story about two prominent national board members, Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who are actively seeking to change the Boy Scouts long standing policy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/james-turley-boy-scouts-gay-ban_n_1593595.html
Oddly enough, at the same time last year that members and leaders were petitioning for homosexuals to join the Boy Scouts, the Los Angeles Times released a disturbing story about sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-boyscouts-20120805-m,0,5822319.story

Of course, the liberal media was quick to point out that homosexuals are not pedophiles, while never answering the question of when does a boy become a man—when he hits puberty or hits 18 or 21. What is the magical age?

What really might be prompting the Boy Scouts to reconsider their policy is money. Last year with all the controversy swirling around the Boy Scouts not allowing homosexuals to participate, United Way as well as companies that offered corporate support in the past pulled their funding, financially hurting the Boy Scouts.

While some people might say, “What’s the big deal? Homosexuals are nice people”. The issue is not whether or not homosexuals are nice people.

The real issue is the consequences of this decision. Why do homosexuals want to join the Boy Scouts? No one is required to join the Boy Scouts. Why should they really care? Once the Boy Scouts cave in, then homosexual activists will push for the next step. If the Boy Scouts allow homosexuals to participate, are the Boy Scouts legitimizing homosexual behavior? If you legitimize a deviant behavior is the deviant behavior then acceptable? Is it then acceptable for Boy Scout leaders to discuss deviant behavior as the new normal? Are those who disagree with that behavior than considered not normal? Is it then acceptable to bully those who oppose homosexual activities? Homosexual activists already bash Christians. Just read the comments on the stories covering this topic. And if it is okay to discuss homosexual behavior as acceptable–just a lifestyle choice that young people should explore– is it then acceptable to engage in those activities?

Oh, how soon we forget. Not that long ago homosexuality was listed by the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association as a mental illness. There were and in a few cases still are laws against sodomy. Why? It was a protection of society. People don’t want to admit what homosexuality is—a deviant behavior. People no longer understand natural law.  If the Boy Scouts allow homosexuals to join, they will be living a lie, because they will no longer be able to live their scout oath.

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Published at Catholic Exchange.com on Feb. 1, 2013 by Elizabeth Yank

UPDATES:

Boy Scouts Postpone Decision About Homosexuals NCRegister, Feb. 7, 2013

Obama: Boy Scouts Should Expose Homosexuals to Opportunities  Feb. 4, 2013

AFA Action Alert
Decision Delayed! Urge AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to resign his post with Boy Scouts
Use social media tools to make your voice heard!
February 6, 2013

The Boy Scouts of America have just announced it will not make any decision on its membership policy until its annual meeting in May. One of those leading the charge to change the policy to allow homosexuals as leaders is AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
It seems Stephenson's mission is to destroy the Boy Scouts of America from within. As an executive board member, he is using his corporate influence to bully the BSA into gay assimilation. Now...
It is time for Stephenson to resign from the BSA board.
AT&T has already cut funding to the BSA, a direct personal conflict of interest for Stephenson.
It's reasonable to expect members of the BSA board to lead in a way that exemplifies the very basic values that made the BSA successful. Stephenson has shown he doesn’t. It is time for Stephenson to resign from the BSA board.
The BSA doesn't need his leadership. The BSA doesn't need his company's money...especially with the strings he has attached to it.
At present, Stephenson is set to become the chairman of the BSA board in 2014. Unless he is out, you can expect he will push even harder to force the gay agenda.
It is time for Stephenson to resign from the BSA board.
TAKE ACTION
1. Facebook users: Copy and post this message on the AT&T Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ATT.
ATT CEO Randall Stephenson should resign from the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. He doesn't espouse their values, he should move on. http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/SignPetition.asp?id=2000
2. Twitter users: Copy and paste this message to your Twitter account:
@boyscouts @att ATT CEO Stephenson should resign from the BSA Board. He doesn't espouse BSA values. https://bitly.com/Ws7GKK+ #boyscouts #att
3. Not a social media user? Sign our petition to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. We'll deliver the message for you!

AFA Action Alert
February 4, 2013

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said the Boy Scouts of America changing its national policy of allowing open homosexuals into the group "is not good enough."
The fact is, Big Gay is never satisfied...it's never enough for them.
Even if the BSA changes the rule, HRC says it will continue an aggressive campaign to pressure corporations to drop financial support to the scouts because it allows individual scouting units to make their own rules regarding homosexual leaders and members.
Consider, in 1998, the Canadian Scouts (CS) opened its doors to homosexuals. Less than a decade later, the number of boys in scouting dropped by more than 50%. In addition, CS has been forced to sell scores of camps, close offices and lay off staff.
If the Boy Scouts of America changes its policy, it will lose on two fronts. Christian-chartered groups will drop out of scouting and the homosexual machine will continue to attack.
TAKE ACTION
Before the Boy Scouts make their final decision, it is absolutely vital that they hear from you!
1. If you haven't already, sign the petition to the National Council. AFA will deliver the petition just prior to the executive committee meeting.
2. Contact Wayne Brock, Chief Boy Scouts Executive, at 972-580-2000 or by email at Wayne.Brock@Scouting.org

HELP US! AFA is placing a half-page ad in USA Today today in support of the current policy. Will you help us cover the cost? Text the letters "AFA" to 20222, to give $10 toward the $55,420 for the cost of the ad. See the ad here.


Obama on CBS


From Family Research Council

NATIONAL  
  WFA in USA Today - Boy Scouts Delay Decision  
  The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have recently been under pressure to change their policy regarding "homosexual scouts" and "homosexual leaders."

Spearheaded by our friends at Family Research Council, WFA took action and signed on (with 41 allies) to a full-page advertisement in USA Today this week that sent a strong message to the Boy Scouts of America.

>>>>>see the ad HERE

After overwhelming response from people across the nation, just like you, who urged the BSA to stand firm on their timeless values, the decision has been delayed until May of 2013.

>>>>>Read more HERE.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO ACT!  ONE PHONE CALL OR AN EMAIL! 

Boy Scouts of America: 972-580-2000.
Email:  PR@scouting.org

NOTE: You may also contact your local Boy Scout Council office and ask to talk to the "Executive Director" or "Scouting Executive."

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