By Michael Quinn Sullivan on 01/30/2013
As an Eagle Scout and current Cub Master, I am disappointed to learn that the Boy Scouts of America is considering a change of policy that would allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. This is a radical shift in policy after fighting — and winning! — years of legal challenges mounted by the cultural left.
The BSA has long stood on bedrock principles — Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent — and asked young men to commit themselves to being “mentally awake and morally straight.”
Capitulating on foundational values and principles for cultural convenience is a violation of all we have spent generations teaching young men through scouting.
The BSA’s moral trustworthiness is being undermined by capitulation and cowardice. Our obedience to timeless values is being undermined by an attitude of religious irreverence pervasive in the America’s cultural elite.
One strength of scouting had been the unified stance on policies and procedures; the BSA stood together. No longer. The considered BSA policy would throw each troop to the wolves under the guise of letting each do what is right in their own eyes. So the national policy would be appeasement, leaving each local unit to fend for itself.
The BSA national leadership seems ready to cash in our organizational honor so they can be socially accepted by those who despise them. Attempting to appease the cultural left is a fool’s errand. For some quick-cash and invitations to cocktail parties with the cool kids, the BSA leadership is betraying everything we are and they claimed to be. Unfortunately, you will find the admiration you gain from the left to be short-lived.
The BSA leadership will find those 30 pieces of silver don’t go nearly so far once they have been relieved of their personal and organizational integrity.
Their betrayal cuts personally deep. For as much as I got out of scouting as a youth, I have equally or more enjoyed putting back in with my son as he takes early steps in his journey along the path to Eagle. If the BSA pursues this ill-considered policy, that path will be littered and the destination tarnished.
As one who has long defended the BSA’s stand for strong values and protecting our youth. I feel betrayed. I’ve already contacted scouting chief executive, and encourage others to do so, as well. (For a Texas-based organization, the BSA is a showing a weakness unworthy of the Lone Star State.)
I had long assumed the venerable BSA would stand strong against the liberal social agenda. Apparently my confidence in scouting’s national adult leadership was sorely misplaced.