More than 60 Texas lawmakers and officials have signed an open letter to the Boy Scouts urging the organization to keep its “traditional values” or, as it’s better known, deeply offensive anti-gay policy.
The open letter, which is dated February 2 but has gained renewed media attention because of the level of support it has received from Texas lawmakers and officials, urges the Boy Scouts to stay “morally strong” and to resist the “liberal social agenda”:
As state elected officials, we strongly encourage the Boy Scouts of America to stick with their decades of support for family values and moral principles. Capitulating to the liberal social agenda not only undermines the very principles of scouting, but sets the stage for the erosion of an organization that has defined the American experience for generations of young men.
The American experience for a number of young men in the Scouts has been sexual abuse, something the Scouts has allegedly covered up while seeking to shield said abusers. The appeal to history falls flat.
The letter continues:
Scouts begin each meeting with an Oath, “to do my duty, to God and my country, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” By caving in to pressure from the social left, the national leadership would violate each of those principles.
The inference here being gay inclusion will make the Boy Scouts weak, dumb, morally corrupt and treasonous? The LGBT-accepting Girl Scouts have always seemed a tad suspicious.
Worse? How could it get worse? Churches could be sued! (Not really):
…the contemplated national policy would throw to the wolves chartering organizations and scout troops that choose to stick with scouting’s historic and legally protected policy. Left to defend themselves from legal attacks, we fear many churches and other entities will choose to simply abandon scouting altogether — it will be the safer course, and one hastening the organization’s eventual collapse.
And then a dire warning:
Rest assured that while adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might earn temporary kudos, you can never do enough to appease those who want to see the scouts robbed of their moral authority.
When did the Boy Scouts ever have moral authority?
We urge you to be morally and physically strong. We urge you to protect all that scouting has been, and all that it can remain.
Signatories include Governor Rick Perry (R), Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-Bonham); State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco); State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels); Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; State Board of Education Member Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio); and Collin County Judge Keith Self, to name just a few.
The Boy Scouts announced earlier this year that, after staunch criticism over a number of Boy Scouts members and leaders being turfed out because the Scouts found out they were gay, the organization planned to consider a measure to allow local chapters to set their own policy on gay membership.
When Religious Right groups piled on the pressure to keep the ban, claiming this was akin to a big homosexual bomb that would blow the whole organization to smithereens, the Boy Scouts of America decided to take the cowardly route and defer a vote on a change until May.
The association likely hoped to let the furor over their anti-gay ban die down. It has not.
In the past week, the Grammy award-winning band Train and the singer Carly Rae Jepsen have both turned down appearing at the Boy Scouts of America National Summer Jamboree because of the association’s gay ban.
Said Canadian songstress Jepsen in a tweet, “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”
“I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe,” Jepsen added.
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