“This is just unbelievable to me. This is a suicide mission on the part of the Boy Scouts. They’re done. They’re toast. They’re history. There is a risk there — it’s just insanity that they are relaxing the standard.”
— Bryan Fischer, director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association
Fischer may go a little far in his prediction of the Boy Scouts of America’s fate because of its sudden willingness to consider lifting a decades-old policy against allowing homosexual memberships, but we agree with the direction his thinking has taken.
Let’s be honest, this is not a referendum on whether that deviant lifestyle is right or wrong. This is strictly a question of whether removing the Boy Scouts’ policy would put any of its members in danger.
Based on the indisputable fact that homosexuals offend against children at about 10 times the rate that heterosexuals do, removing the Boy Scouts’ policy against gay membership would create a serious potential risk.
That’s not to say we think that choosing the homosexual lifestyle automatically and implicitly means the individual cannot be a good scoutmaster. But it would open the door for those bad apples out there who will see it as a new area to troll for victims from a position of authority.
About 13 years ago, in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that a private organization or club could not be forced to admit or retain members it did not think shared the group’s values. And the Boy Scouts of America, being the faith-based private organization that it is, was legally allowed to continue with its policy against admitting homosexuals.
In mid-2012, the national organization affirmed its ban after almost two years of examining the issue.
So why, in 2013, is the organization blinking? Pressure, plain and simple.
An online campaign by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at www.Change.org produced more than 1.2 million signatures opposing the Boy Scouts’ ban of homosexuals. And that’s all fine and well. But why won’t that group and 1.2 million folks just form their own private organization, rather than trying to infest the Boys Scouts with immoral values?
If Fischer went too far in his evaulation, and we’re not entirely sure he did, we will point to what Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said as our own moral standard bearer: “If the (Boy Scouts of America) capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts’ legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise.”