Friday, May 24, 2013

Brave & Reverent? The Boy Scouts Surrender.

The Boy Scouts have fought long and hard against being forced to include avowed homosexuals in its ranks as either Scouts or scoutmasters. In the Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), the Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts' First Amendment right of expressive association in removing an assistant scoutmaster who was “an avowed homosexual and gay rights activist.”

In writing for the majority, Chief Justice William Rehnquist said that the “presence [of the avowed homosexual] in the Boy Scouts would, at the very least, force the organization to send a message, both to the youth members and the world, that the Boy Scouts accepts homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior”. Forcing the Scouts to do this would have violated their First Amendment right because, as the Court noted, the Boy Scouts asserts that it "teach[es] that homosexual conduct is not morally straight," and that it does "not want to promote homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior."

This just changed…The organization, as Justice Rehnquist might express it, just sent a message. It’s the same message that the homosexual activist was trying to force the Scouts to send back in 2000 –  “that the Boy Scouts accepts homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior.”

What the Supreme Court conceded to the BSA only 13 years ago; namely, that the U.S. Constitution gave the Boy Scouts legal protection from homosexual activists destroying their historic moral creed, the BSA cowardly chose to just give away yesterday.

I can't think of how this is anything but a disaster for the Boy Scouts. But then that's how political correctness works. It hates the past and it doesn't care a whit for the future. Stupidly short-sighted, political correctness has no moorings in reason or morality. It simply throws tantrums, yells threats and epithets at anyone who gets in its way, and wreaks an awful havoc on the formerly serene surroundings around it.

With this craven cave-in to immoral pressure, the Boy Scouts of America can no longer boast (and I take the following from the Boy Scout oath and law) of being brave, reverent, trustworthy, morally straight, or doing their duty to God.

The Boy Scouts dropped their compass somewhere in these last 13 years and now...they are sadly, hopelessly lost.