Skip to comments.BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says
Posted on 03/08/2014 3:55:34 PM PST by Graybeard58
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders, Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said today (March 7).
Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA because of the Scouts' ban on openly gay leaders. Such pressure will make it easier for BSA to open Scout leadership to gay men, said Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
"Walt Disney has [apparently] done," what the Boy Scouts wanted, Easley told Baptist Press. "They've done them a favor in putting more pressure out there for the Scouts to come back later on and say, 'Here's the deal. Walt Disney's cut us.... We have no choice than to let the [gay] men be part of this.'"
BSA voted last May to allow openly gay youths to become Scouts beginning this year, but retained a Scout prohibition on gay leaders that survived a 2000 Supreme Court challenge. BSA's national membership has dropped 6 percent in the past year, although the group doesn't attribute the numbers to the policy change.
"I think it's part of [the Boy Scouts] strategy," Easley said. "... Why open the door to it? They knew that in May it was such a hot issue that they could not go all the way and let [gay] men be leaders in that organization. But they knew it was a matter of time."
Disney does not give direct donations to the Scouts, but Disney's VoluntEARS program allows its employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice. Employees taking part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be able to submit the funds to BSA, Disney said Feb. 28. The change goes into effect in January 2015.
Disney did not release any data to show how much money has gone to the Scouts through the VoluntEARS program. But Easley, whose church stopped hosting Scout troop meetings because of the inclusion of gay Scouts, said the issue is about promoting the inclusion of gay Scout leaders, not about money.
"I don't really think it's a money issue. I think it's the principle of it," Easley said. "I think that you're going to continue seeing an effort from individuals and corporations to pressure them into taking the final step that [BSA] started in May of allowing homosexuals to be adult leaders in their organization.
"You're going to have legislation, you're going to have corporations, you're going to have influential individuals continuing to put pressure on them," Easley said. "And my guess is as I said last year, it's going to happen. I think they want it to happen, the Scouts."
Companies that have cut funding to BSA because it excludes gay leaders are Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck, Intel and UPS, said Scouts for Equality, a national group fighting for the inclusion of gay Scout leaders. Scouts for Equality applauded Disney.
"We're never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA's anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive," said Eagle Scout and Scouts for Equality co-founder Zach Wahls, the son of two lesbian parents. "Scouts for Equality will continue to advocate for a fully inclusive membership policy, to help build a stronger Scouting community that is eligible for the support of Corporate America."
Other moves in the fight to open Scouting to gay leaders include the anticipated litigious fight on behalf of Pascal Tessier, a gay 17-year-old Maryland boy who in February was awarded Eagle Scout status, the highest ranking. At 18, he will be ineligible for Scout participation.
"On my 18th birthday, I'm planning on applying to be an adult leader for the Boy Scouts so that we push the issue," Tessier has said.
Wonder where they think donations will come from after these moves? The Lavender Mafia isn’t going to fund them.
Disney, BSA, and Gays... SCREW ALL of YOU.
Gay boy scout leaders ain't about gay boy scout leaders. It's about destroying the boy scouts.
I wonder...in the future, will boys who are molested by Scout Leaders be able to sue Disney? They’ve got pretty deep pockets. I know how I’d vote if I was on the jury...
I can see a time where the Boy Scouts will be ONLY homosexuals.
I wonder what organization will take its place?
They WILL do themselves in.
Pedophiles swarm like ants on a sugar cube
Here is the 2012 Republican Party’s presidential nominee reaffirming his 20 year campaign for gay scout leaders.
“A campaign assistant for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirmed that the former Massachusetts governor’s opposition to the Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexual leaders, which he publicly expressed in 1994, still stands. According to the Deseret News , Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Associated Press that Romney is still holding to the political stand he adopted nearly 20 years ago when he said during an unsuccessful run for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate that while he supported the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue, he also felt that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”
“I can see a time where the Boy Scouts will be ONLY homosexuals.”
Then they will change their name to the Rump Rangers.
"On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."
"A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."
The whole point of the BSA was that it stood for something. If it stands for nothing, there’s no reason for it anymore.
I guess it is now a world where pedophile priests are bad, but pedophile homosexual boy scout leaders are good?
Gay Boy Scout leaders isn’t about the Boy Scouts. It’s about perpetuating the abomination of homosexuality by recruiting the next generation of homosexuals. That’s why the homos are fighting so hard to penetrate the BSA (pun intended).
Soon, the question will be “how do you separate the men from the boys in the Boy Scouts?” The homos want that question answered: “With crowbars.”
No organization will take its place. As soon as you organize one, the fags will beat down the door to get in.
It’s only pedophilia when a straight person does it.
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