Will The Gay Ban Be Lifted From The Boy Scouts Of America?
Starting today, the Boy Scouts of America began considering whether or not they should ditch their national “no gays allowed” rule which bans homosexuals from joining the organization and forces members to pledge to be “morally straight.”
Instead, the org would allow local Boy Scout chapters to decide its own membership qualifications.
Scout Oath (or Promise)
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.
According to Salon, Governor Rick Perry of Texas recently publicly disapproved of The Scout’s lifting the No Gay Members policy, stating:
“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I . . . [The Scouts] continue to be under attack from the forces of secularism.”
This Washington Times Op-Ed piece illustrates the views of many who oppose the overturn of the no gay ban, which is to protect young boys from molestation and abuse.
Since the turn of the 20th Century, the Boy Scouts of America has prided itself as an institution that stands for molding boys into men with a specific set of moral, attitudinal, and behavioral codes. Should boys be turned down from becoming a Boy Scout because of their sexual preference? And isn’t the abuse factor a pedophiliac issue rather than a homosexual issue?
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