Another bastion of traditional morality falls to PC pressure:
After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over.
The Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders – as well as gay-rights groups – plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA’s top officials aren’t ready for that step.
Meanwhile, many conservatives within the Scouts are distraught at the outcome of the vote and some are threatening to defect. A meeting is planned for next month to discuss formation of a new organization for boys.
The formation of new organizations to replace the old, corrupted ones is the only practical response that is likely to succeed. It’s a little remarkable that anyone still takes “thus far, but no farther” seriously as a strategy; once the hard line is crossed, the subsequent lines in the sand tend to fall rapidly in comparison.
“The result was
welcomed by many liberal members of the Scouting community and by
gay-rights activists, though most of the praise was coupled with calls
for ending the ban on gay adults. “I’m so
proud of how far we’ve come, but until there’s a place for everyone in
Scouting, my work will continue,” said Jennifer Tyrrell, whose ouster as
a Cub Scout den leader in Ohio because she is lesbian launched a
national protest movement.”
If you or your sons are currently involved in the Boy Scouts, I recommend immediately resigning the organization. It is already mortally wounded and its demise is now only a matter of time. It is much better to put your time and energy into the traditional alternative that will be born from the ashes of what was once a great organization.
Leftists always seek to invade and subvert all non-leftist institutions. Once the will to keep them out is lost, the eventual subversion of the institution is assured. The only way to prevent this is for organizations to be set up with charters containing strict limits on the permissible range of changes that may be proposed in the future; anyone who proposes a change outside that range should be immediately dismissed from the organization.