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The Boy Scout Fallout
theblacksphere.net ^ | 6-3-2013 | Amy Gerwing

Posted on 06/03/2013 6:06:47 AM PDT by servo1969

The dust has scarcely settled from the Boy Scouts of America’s landmark vote to allow openly gay young men and boys to participate in scouting, yet already another controversy is brewing with parents and churches caught up in the crossfire.

Nationwide, congregations and families are coming to terms with the BSA policy change. In an effort to remain strong in their biblical convictions, many are being forced to cut ties with the BSA despite years of financial support and mutual trust.

But in doing so, their decision to withdraw support of the nation’s largest scouting organization has come under scrutiny by the liberal media and the leftwing blogosphere. Just days following the vote, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley made national news when he advised his parishioners to cut all ties with BSA.

“I never dreamed I’d have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts,” Easley told the Baptist Press May 28. “If you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed,” Easley said. “And even as I was saying it Sunday morning, I thought, I cannot believe I’m having to address this and encourage parents to pull their children out of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Louisville’s largest church, Southeast Christian Church, also made headlines when they cut ties with the Boy Scouts after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth.

“We want everyone, including ourselves, to live by biblical standards,” said the Executive Pastor Tim Hester. “Truly for us it’s a logical decision … We cannot be distracted from the mission God has called us to.”

The BSA policy change is a sad reality that parents too must come to terms with. Michael Woodward, whose eleven year old son suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and is particularly vulnerable to outside influences, has also decided to withdraw his support of BSA.

“I cannot have my son say the Scout oath “…to keep myself morally straight…knowing that the Scout’s definition of that is now in direct contradiction to God’s definition. I cannot risk having my Asperger son led by a role model that is in fact immoral. He would follow.”

So as parents and pastors make the hard choice to cut ties with BSA on account of their new policy, the liberal media has transferred their accusations of bigotry and intolerance from the BSA to its outgoing members and sponsors. Even before making a final decision at this summer’s annual convention, the Southern Baptist Convention has come under attack by those on the left for indicating that they will recommend for its 47,000 churches to pull away from BSA.

Whispers of litigation against these churches have already spurred non-profit legal foundations like Liberty Institute to take up potential lawsuits that are sure to come down the pike. It’s unfortunate that these institutions are being drawn into an ideological fight that they didn’t start nor go looking for.

Churches, families and the Scouts themselves are what some might consider collateral damage of a decade-long battle waged by the LGBT organizations against the BSA to impose their morality on a non-government entity. And thanks to a compliant media, clearly in the LGBT camp, these institutions must fend off accusations of intolerance and bigotry while trying to stand strong in their biblical convictions.

“We hoped to keep sex and politics out of Scouting,” lamented John Stemberger, a lifelong Scout with two sons in scouting, now leading the fight to start a new scouting chapter in defiance of the adopted policy. Unfortunately the LGBT community and the liberal media had other plans.

Sadly, it’s the parents and churches that must unravel this messy BSA policy and tenaciously step through the landmine of media scrutiny as they seek to live biblically in an increasingly anti-Christian society.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: boy; gay; homosexual; scout

1 posted on 06/03/2013 6:06:47 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Freedom of association in private organizations should be staunchly defended.


2 posted on 06/03/2013 6:11:06 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: servo1969
Whispers of litigation against these churches have already spurred non-profit legal foundations

So this is, "Donate to me or I'll sue!"?

Disgusting...

3 posted on 06/03/2013 6:12:54 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: txrefugee

strangely, there was this lack of outrage about girl scouts full of lesbians and people still buying their cookies.

i think lesbians are the mastermind behind all this “gay movement”


4 posted on 06/03/2013 6:13:28 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: servo1969

My bulletin advertises a meeting on why the Catholic Church does not approve the homosexual agenda. I’m tempted to go and ask about the Boy Scouts. I will be hugely surprised if they kick the Boy Scouts out.


5 posted on 06/03/2013 6:19:16 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: servo1969

And yet the BSA claims they came to this decision via a democratic process. Something does not smell right.


6 posted on 06/03/2013 6:19:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
...democratic process.

You know what they say about the democratic process..

"Two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner."

7 posted on 06/03/2013 6:25:35 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: servo1969

Right now, especially after the Southern Baptist pull out, there needs to be a quantified list of the damages to the BSA. This will be a stronger selling point, to be able to say, for example, 10,000 Troops have ceased to be, and it has cost the BSA $25 million dollars in the immediate loss of funding.

I doubt the BSA will be very forthcoming with these statistics, but if they leak out, somehow, it is going to be a devastating response to this attack.


8 posted on 06/03/2013 6:26:03 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: CPOSharky

Two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.


9 posted on 06/03/2013 6:26:54 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: servo1969
... the Boy Scouts of America’s landmark vote to allow openly gay young men and boys to participate in scouting.

The BSA's problems are bad enough without exaggeration or using misleading terms. No men in the duties of leadership will be allowed if they choose to be openly gay.

10 posted on 06/03/2013 6:35:05 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: CPOSharky
Bingo!

BSA is dead. What a shame. An American tradition taken down by a very few.

Queers: "We are the 3.4%."

11 posted on 06/03/2013 6:35:20 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: servo1969

The BSA will implode as more and more troops disband as decades long support from churches and other groups ends. It is sad to see the BSA tear themselves apart for the benefit of a handful of gays.


12 posted on 06/03/2013 6:38:26 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: servo1969

It was a good organization that decided to kiss liberal a$$, and now it’s worthless.

Take your kids out.


13 posted on 06/03/2013 6:44:31 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Last Dakotan

#10
I give it 1 year.
Well, maybe 2. Court dates take awhile.


14 posted on 06/03/2013 6:48:31 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: VAFreedom

No just the front. Just like hollyweird constantly has shows on where men are supposedly turned on by or bream about two girls going at it. Notice in the porn industry two women are portrayed as hot and XXX while the men are dubbed gay porn. Sadly it is working

IT is the little foot in the door to desensitize the occupants so the rest of the unwanted patron can enter the house welcomed.


15 posted on 06/03/2013 6:49:39 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Sadly with troops disbanding that leaves more money at the national level for fewer troops which equates for a net gain to spend on propaganda, until the donation dry up catches up that is.


16 posted on 06/03/2013 6:51:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Last Dakotan
No men in the duties of leadership will be allowed if they choose to be openly gay.

And how do you propose that they will be able to keep them out? They were able to legally keep out open gays before because it was part of the core values of Scouting.

Now that open gayness is no longer part of the scouts' core values, I'm sure that the court challenges are already being drawn up.

17 posted on 06/03/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by Aunt Polgara
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To: servo1969

The churches that have been taken over by homos have lost huge numbers of congregants. They will kill the boyscouts, too. Those placing their hope in lying homo slogans and staying will soon find out exactly why the homos demanded to have access to little boys and teens in their tents. Poor kids.


18 posted on 06/03/2013 7:19:20 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Aunt Polgara

I think I saw a post in regard to the LGB not allowing the BSA to wear their uniforms in a parade. So much for the intolerant behaviors of the tolerant. Why didn’t the BSA scream at the top of their lungs about that decision?

The time is ripe to have families that are involved with boy scouts to start their own brand of scouting. They are going to lose meeting places if they remain with BSA, since most meeting in and are “sponsored” by churches. The school districts, at least in St. Louis are not letting the scouts use their schools any longer, due to some insurance issue.


19 posted on 06/03/2013 7:26:26 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: VAFreedom

Folks buy those half-rate tasteless puks only because those sweet little girls are peddling them. Half probably go to cornered up kinfolks.


20 posted on 06/03/2013 7:43:34 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
That list needs to be balanced by totaling the litigation bounty a change like this will generate.

There are winners and losers and those who pay and those who get paid.

And, finally, after the smoke has cleared and the tears have dried, there are the real winners: those who designed this operation as a step toward winning the war they wage.

They appear to have won this battle, but a true win will depend upon which way the ever more radioactive fallout from this blows.

It is early, too early to tell, but I think the winds are changing.

21 posted on 06/03/2013 7:55:19 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: X-spurt
They are either in denial about the organization or ignorant. Some prefer to be ignorant; then they are not accountable when confronted with issues that go against their worldview.
22 posted on 06/03/2013 8:10:49 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Aunt Polgara
Now that open gayness is no longer part of the scouts' core values...

Huh? What are you talking about?

When was open gayness part of scouting's core values?

23 posted on 06/03/2013 9:17:01 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: servo1969

The scouts just became a toxic organization.

There is no “win” for them.

The future is set for failure. No father, no mother will allow her son to be endangered by recreational sex politics or to become a pawn for recreational sex politics.

There is no substantive future source fo new VOLUNTARY recruits.


24 posted on 06/03/2013 1:08:54 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: servo1969

All those that think the BSA will go under - I think the libs have planned this for a long time, and they will move in and fund the organization as the churches desert it. The result will be a BSA that no longer teaches boys to be “morally straight” - they will redefine it into PC feel-good mush and millions of boys will be misled. Bang goes another source of Godly influence in the world. Satan wins a round - yeah, we know he loses the war, but people will be hurt nonetheless.

Those that are no longer associating with the organization need to make the break clean - no more money, no more use of facilities, don’t buy the popcorn. Try to starve ‘em out before the libs prop ‘em back up. Else there will be another Girl Scouts organization out there promoting evil in the name of innocence. Switch support to one of the church-based alternatives that are popping up as we speak.

Hate it for the kids and the millions of Scout leaders and former Scouts out there (I was never a Scout and I have only raised daughters, so I don’t have a tie) - but this will soon be a zombie organization that is spreading evil instead of good like GSA has become. Salt that loses its flavor is good for nothing.


25 posted on 06/03/2013 6:22:51 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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