Over the past decade or two, and again today, the policies, principles, and values that the BSA hold dear are being brought into question. Again the issue is being pressed that the BSA should remove it’s no gay policy. Time and again BSA has withstood these attempts to change its policy, but now the organization is considering retracting the no-gay ban due to peer pressure. As a sister of a scout, I plead Don’t!
Isn’t it seen as a problem that these boys (all under 18) feel that they need to declare a sexual orientation? By declaring this orientation, it would seem that they would intend to practice it. Does it make sense to allow these boys/men who feel the need to make their homosexual proclamation to the world be involved in camping experiences with the very gender they claim inspire sexual feelings? We don’t send the girl scouts out camping with the boy scouts for a reason, and it’s okay that they have their own organization.
In the Scout oath the Scouts promise to be “morally straight”. I see a moral issue in letting homosexuals into an organization when their beliefs don’t match up with the beliefs of the organizations main oath. It would make more sense to me if homosexuals created or joined an organization that actually supports their beliefs/values instead of trying to make a long established organization like the Boy Scouts compromise their moral integrity.
Over the years numbers in scouting have been falling steadily. Will the cost of removing the ban be big enough to make a difference in the Boy Scouts overall financial success? I know that my own Latter Day Saints (LDS) brothers and their LDS and Catholic scouting friends will no longer be part of the program if the ban is removed. There are about 2 million Scouts in America, and though only 2% of the overall American population are Latter Day Saints (Mormon), nearly 20% of Scouts are affiliated with this religion. One article is quoted as saying: “It seems the Mormons aren’t afraid of throwing their weight around on issues they are concerned with and are on record as saying if the Boy Scouts of America are forced to accept gays as scoutmasters, the LDS Church will withdraw from the organization and take more than 400,000 Scouts with it.”
D&C 115:5: “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” By standing up for our righteous standards and being true to ourselves, I believe that we will let our lights shine an example to others about holding strong to their moral integrity. Honestly, this couldn’t be more straight forward in the logic and with the spirit. How can this even be a debate?