Just six months ago, a statement was released by Boy Scouts of America that stated a decision to maintain the policy barring openly homosexual members and leaders was “absolutely the best policy” and was supported by “the vast majority of the parents of the youth we serve.”
So, why are the Boy Scouts of America caving?
Financial pressure by gay friendly corporations is one reason, but another key factor is the mounting political coercion (aka bullying) used by LGBT and GLAAD to infiltrate the organization at every level. GLAAD, an anti-discrimination advocacy group, began to call for a revocation of the Boy Scouts policy after more than 1 million people signed petitions on Change.org seeking an end to the policy. The Human Rights Campaign, a major gay-rights group stated that the recent policy change suggested was inadequate and demanded that the Scouts adopt a nationwide policy to accept gays as scouts and adult leaders.
One case in point clearly demonstrates the lengths The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will go to advance their agenda against the BSA. GLAAD has created an announcement that it is supporting an online petition asking National Geographic to add a disclaimer to the start of each episode of the upcoming reality series “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” The petition, started by 20 year old Will Oliver, asks that the network “inform viewers about the organization’s dangerous anti-gay policy” and “speak out now to protect gay youth and leaders.” GLAAD’s announcement supporting Mr. Oliver’s petition denounced the show, in which Boy Scouts compete against adults using survival skills found in the “Boy Scout Handbook”. The petition claims that the show is nothing more than a “marketing ploy” to “distract Americans from the Scouts’ long history of discrimination.”
“That National Geographic would brush aside countless gay teens suffering at the hands of the BSA, shrugging off injustice as just another ‘point of view,’ is irresponsible,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick. “By airing this program, National Geographic is providing support and publicity to an organization that harms young people simply because of who they are. If the network is truly committed to standing by its non-discrimination practices, it should have no problem airing a disclaimer to that effect”.
Heartbreaking. The innocence of youth trampled by the arrogant, selfish, sinfulness of man.
“If the board capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts’ legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
(Editor’s Update: Boy Scouts of America are now delaying their vote to lift the gay ban until May. The Boy Scouts released a statement saying that “the board will continue its consultations with other scouting representatives, and the approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on a membership standards resolution in May.” Obama supports lifting the ban, while Texas Governor and former Eagle Scout Rick Perry says he favors keeping the current policy.)