The BS of A has nearly come to a decision, delayed until May, that it will allow gay youths to participate in scouting but the ban against gay adults will remain in place. They have apparently determined that gays pose no real threats to scouts, but because of religious objections from a minority of homophobes and bigots who “hate the sin but love the sinner” might be so offended by a decision by the BS of A to drop their discriminatory policy towards gays in general that they would no longer offer funding and whatever else it is they offer to the scouts program the ban against adult gay males will stay in place.
In a release to BBSNews the BSA writes:
“…the Executive Committee, on behalf of the National Executive Board, wrote a resolution for consideration that would remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual
orientation alone and would maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The proposed resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.”
The Boy Scouts are claimed to be non-secular in nature, and they even list the Islamic Society of North America in their list of religious organizations including Jewish, Buddhist and various Christian sects who participate and in many cases endorse the BS of A. But gays need not apply. And according to their own rules, they make it clear that such discrimination is based upon religious beliefs:
“Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting’s values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.”
In turn, this is the “morally straight” clause that governs the above:
“In the Scout Oath, a Scout promises to be ‘morally straight,’ and in the Scout Law he promises to be ‘clean.’
The Boy Scout Handbook (11th ed.) explains ‘morally straight’ as ‘To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance.’
The Handbook explains ‘clean’ as ‘A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.'”
These are not “high standards”. This is inculcating youth to be homophobic bigots.
The BS of A has backed itself into a corner. Already beset for years because of these morally reprehensible standards that actually enshrine outright bigotry against people who are born a certain way, this latest revelation that they will allow in gay youths but still ban gay adults leads them straight into banning any scout who attains Eagle Scout and becomes an adult after being a successful scout in the first place.
How are they to explain this newest form of bigotry to the American kids in their charge? How will they explain this to the adult gay Eagle Scout?