An ad by The Family Research Council and signed onto by a number of other organizations has been placed in USA Today. The ad encourages the
Boy Scouts of America to show courage and stand firm for timeless values.
There were many organizations that stood in support of the Boy Scouts when the Supreme Court of the United States upheld their right to maintain their membership standards. In the 2000 court case, it was decided that the Boy Scouts had a First Amendment right to deny membership to gays.
It is unusual for any organization to give up a right it fought for and succeeded in winning before the Supreme Court. This is what the BSA is potentially prepared to do under pressure from those who desire to see the standards regarding homosexuality dropped. Recognizing this pressure, the add states,
Many of our organizations stood with the Boy Scouts when the Supreme Court of the United States upheld their right to maintain their membership standards. To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach boys cowardice, not courage.
Are the long held principles of honor and duty in the BSA becoming yet another victim of public pressure and the corporate dollar? Even President Obama has joined in the debate, though this should not be particularly surprising as he seems to think his moral opinion is needed on virtually every moral and social issue today. In a CBS interview with Scott Pelley prior to the Super Bowl, Obama said,
“I think that my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life.”
The BSA has stated that
“Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”
The moral fiber of America is in a downward spiral that is a process and not an event. An event that suddenly changes everything would be unacceptable to many Americans, but a process has a tendency to fully change things over time while going virtually unnoticed.
The BSA is set to vote on changing this policy during Wednesday’s agenda meeting. There are groups asking for the vote to be delayed so the discussion may be given more time. However, it appears the vote will go on as planned.