Scout oaths or promises have been an integral component of
worldwide for the whole of its
century-plus existence. While these promises vary from
nation to nation, they are all required to include the
following principles: duty to God and Country, to help
others, to keep the Scout Law. The longstanding Scout
Oath for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), pledged by
millions, reads as follows:
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.
It appears that the Boy Scouts of America will need to
drop the last three words of their traditional oath, if
they are to remain true to their recent decision to
admit openly “gay” scouts into their scouting programs.
After months of uncertainty leading up to a vote of some
1400 national delegates, by a majority vote a new
resolution has been passed, to be adopted starting in
January 2014, that reads: "No youth may be denied
membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of
sexual orientation or preference alone.”
If the delegates who voted in favor of the new BSA
policy thought that this compromise would satisfy the
demands of the homosexual movement, they were badly
mistaken. Within less than a week of the vote, the
California State Senate voted to drop the tax exempt
status of the Boy Scouts, due to their policy to exclude
adult homosexual leaders from the organization.
According to one openly homosexual senator:
They are out of line
with the values of California and should be ineligible
for a tax benefit paid for by all
Californians...continuing a ban on [homosexual] adults
is based on absurd assumptions and stereotypes that
perpetuate hate and homophobia. What does this mean,
that up until 17 you're fine to be in the Boy Scouts but
on midnight of your 18th birthday you turn into a
pedophile or a predator? What kind of warped message
does this send? We've given the Boy Scouts ample time to
solve their discrimination problem. And they've chosen a
path that still leads to discrimination.
What is the lesson to be learned here? Compromise with
evil is unacceptable and ultimately unsuccessful. Many
are already anticipating that the policy change to
accept minor homosexual scouts is but the first step
toward inclusion of homosexual adult leaders and
volunteers as well. We are probably not far from the
days when boys can choose to be Girl Scouts and girls
will demand to be Boy Scouts. Heaven help us!
Speaking of Heaven helping, where were the bishops of
the United States in all of this? After all, the
Catholic Church is one of the three largest religious
sponsors of scouting programs in the United States.
Imagine if, in the months leading up to this historic
vote on such a critical moral issue, the Conference of
Bishops had drawn a line in the sand and had issued a
strong statement against the proposed resolution.
But uncharacteristic of the Conference, which often
weighs in on issues over which it has no competence, on
this fundamental moral matter it was mute. So much for
the New Evangelization and Year of Faith!
The voices for morality and decency were instead heard
from Evangelicals and Southern Baptists. While heretical
denominations, at least these two religious bodies
respect basic biblical teaching and natural law.
Now that the BSA vote has been taken and a
pro-homosexual policy has been approved, what is the
official Catholic response? If you are holding your
breath awaiting a statement of disapproval, you better
breathe or else turn as blue as a Cub Scout shirt. The
Chair of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS),
which is advisory to BSA and relates officially to the
USCCB, wrote in a public letter:
in BSA’s youth
The NCCS exercises its
advisory capacity as a member of the BSA Religious
Relationships Task Force. The NCCS is not a voting
member of the BSA. During the listening period, we
expressed our concerns and provided references on
Catholic teaching to BSA. The resolution appeared to
respect those teachings and BSA’s responses to our
concerns were satisfactory. We felt that the Catholic
Scouters selected as voters could, in good conscience,
vote either for or against the Resolution.
So not only is the NCCS fine with the change of policy,
it was actually complicit in enabling this choice. Once
again, with a few exceptions, mainstream Catholic
leadership has failed to protect our children.
But it is not only boys who will soon be at risk by
their participation in scouting. Already, for some years
now, there have been credible reports of close
associations between the Girl Scouts USA and radical
feminist organizations, to include the infamous Planned
Parenthood. The Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA), in fact,
co-founded and participates in a much larger
organization known as the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which is a global
organization well-known for its advocacy of sexual and
reproductive “rights” for young girls, including
abortion. GSUSA also maintains membership in the
Coalition for Adolescent Girls, which promotes extensive
sex education and abortion care for girls.
One year ago the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
announced it was beginning an investigation of the Girls
Scouts USA. To date we have yet to hear from the
Conference on this matter of vital moral interest.
Parents and pastors should wait no longer. Now is the
time to make your personal decision to do the right
thing to protect our children, as we say thanks for the
memories but as of now, Goodbye, Good Scouts!