A Call to Distinctively Lutheran Scouting

rangerettesToday the news became official, the Boy Scouts have fallen in line with the step of a world gone mad.  The group has adopted a policy which allows openly gay boys to join (but in compromise they did not allow openly gay men to become scout leaders [you could probably hold your breath for how long that ruling will last]).  This has caused the American Heritage Girls to dissolve their working relationship with the Boy Scouts immediately following the decision.

There are some things which may be learned here.  First, as James 4:4 says, friendship with the world is enmity with God.  We need to understand that anytime we get involved in a “faith-based”, “parachurch” or modestly religious secular organization that they will eventually end up falling away from the true God.  This is maybe the writing that the WELS has seen on the wall.  In our efforts to get involved and do “more”, we have looked for partners or agencies which have the infrastructure already built that we can tag along with.  This has again proven to be a bad idea (remember all of our collaboration with the ELCA on stuff?).  Maybe it’s time to consider a Lutheran solution and be satisfied with a smaller footprint on the face of the earth (but also being better stewards of the children given to us).

Another thing we need to learn is that a generic confession of belief in “God” in such organizations IS NOT THE SAME GOD THAT WE WORSHIP.  No matter how you cut it, the Trinity is not confessed by generic statements of belief or vows to “god” (or even “God”).  It is time to get very specific about the God that we worship (remember the Second Commandment everyone?).  We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost [for more of that go to church this Sunday and confess the Athanasian Creed].  To water down the confession of who God is profanes the name of God among us.

Even more that that, following the pattern of our great creeds, we worship Jesus.  Although many of the current groups started by a rigorous confession of Christ, they have in the name of tolerance and all other sorts of things given that up to a more generic god, or at least a Jesus who is palatable to the world.

Now, Lutherans can learn from this and move on.  First, the WELS/ELS can teach something about this and help – they have the Lutheran Pioneers.  Another Lutheran scouting group which could be resurrected could be the Lutheran Rangers/Rangerettes, which only shut down its national offices a short while ago and still has troops in a couple LCMS congregations in Wisconsin.  Perhaps the Office of National Mission could work with those congregations (and the WELS/ELS) to prepare and offer a genuinely Lutheran alternative to the scouting groups now following after the darkness of the world.

You will note in this article I have not suggested that we should stay with the Boy Scouts.  They have chosen their god and now to remain faithful to Christ, Lutherans should flee from the organization.  Yes, it is painful, yes it will take away resources and there may even be members of LCMS congregations who will side with the Boy Scouts.  The plain fact of the matter is that those worldly concerns do not change the Second Commandment and what it says (not to mention the Sixth Commandment).  We are Lutherans, we can do it our way for the sake of our boys and girls.  Let them learn scouting, but under the one true God of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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A Call to Distinctively Lutheran Scouting — 85 Comments

  1. In his statement, “,” Executive Director Bart Day of the Office of National Mission, stated:

    “Instead, we spoke against the policy change because these uncharted waters, which now allow the BSA to supersede the authority of local scouting chapters, cause a crisis of conscience for our pastors, parents and congregation members. “

    These are not “unchartered waters”; they have been sailed before by the Missouri Synod. Earlier in the 20th century, the Missouri Synod had opposed the Boy Scout organization because its authority exceeded that of organizations like churches sponsoring scout troops. From “Theodore Graebner: Bellwether of Changes in the Missouri Synod” (Mark E. Braun, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, 106:3, Summer 2009, 186-216):

    Because a 1925 handbook Scouting Under Protestant Leadership still made the [congregation’s] Scout troop committee advisory to the Scoutmaster, Graebner repeated previous criticisms of Scouting in his Winning the Lodge-Man. Initially disappointed at Graebner’s objections, a director of Scouting relationships praised Graebner’s spirit of cooperation and promised that Scout officials would put total direction of a Scout troop under the local congregation. By 1927 Graebner decided that “our former and prinicipal objection to Scouting falls.” Troops could be organized within congregations, granting complete control of the troop to congregationally-designated leaders. But when they attended cross-denominational Scout gatherings, “the Lutheran boys are not expected to take part in the general religious service.”…

    Missouri’s 1938 convention adopted a report concluding that “the national headquarters of the Boy Scout organization have so modified their position as to grant to the individual congregation complete control of its troop.” Members of church groups were “in no wise required to take part in any activities which are contrary to our principles. ” [pp. 200-202]

    Now, with the new BSA pro-homosexual edict, local sponsoring congregations no longer have complete control regarding troop membership. We’re back to 1925, and thus, as then, the LCMS must oppose Boy Scout sponsorship by member congregations.

    However if synodical leadership wants to finalize a solid statement, as well as some relevant overtures for the July convention, which presumably should have been in preparation since earlier this year, I think we can all wait a few days.

  2. This is “much ado about nothing”. In my neck of the woods scouting has nothing to do with sex or religion. It’s all about camping and skills and serving the community. My son and husband did it together until my son lost interest in high school. Most boys drop out of scouting by age 14 because of other interests. Our troop was sponsored by the Lions Club and there were no prayers or worship involved. There was no sex going on as all activities are chaperoned by at least two dads. Each leader and scout attended a training on child abuse prevention. Scouting can be great and you don’t have to throw out the baby with the bathwater. If you don’t like a particular troop, join a different one. Stay involved with your son and what he is learning in any activity he is involved in.

    Also, very disturbing is the attitude some have expressed that we don’t want anyone with a homosexual orientation in our church because they are by nature sinful. Aren’t we all by nature sinful?

  3. @Lifelong Lutheran #2 Page 2

    The issue is not about excluding someone with strong desires toward sexual perversion in the form of homosexual acts, rather it is about approving and affirming those desires as morally upright.

  4. @Lifelong Lutheran #2

    I respectfully disagree that this is “nothing.” BSA claims to stand for 12 principles, one of which involves fulfilling duty to God. This change in BSA policy has given implicit consent to the sin of homosexuality. That is, it is OK to be “openly” (unrepentantly) homosexual and a scout. How does that fit into the scout’s 12 principles? It doesn’t. Indeed, it shows scouts that the leadership over BSA will do what is wrong out of fear of public opinion and fear of standing against the homosexual lobby/activists in the USA.

  5. @Lifelong Lutheran #2: “Also, very disturbing is the attitude some have expressed that we don’t want anyone with a homosexual orientation in our church because they are by nature sinful”

    Does your “some” refer to the same persons as your “we”? Does your “anyone” refer to the same person as your “they”?

    And would you have some examples or links to such expressed “attitudes”?

  6. @Jim Pierce #4
    When the Boy Scouts talk about duty to god they are not talking about God as revealed in the Bible. It’s a generic god, like a higher power in AA. And I’m not sure what morally straight meant back when it was first written but I would guess that it applied to all morals,not just sexual ones. Or if it was meant to apply to sexual morality that would mean abstinence for all boys,whatever their orientation.

  7. @Lifelong Lutheran #7

    I understand what you point out concerning the BSA “God” and their principles, but when scouting was first founded, I seriously doubt that they would have condoned homosexuality. So, I really don’t know what your point is over all, and my point is that this isn’t “much ado about nothing” as you stated. Indeed, if your point is that the BSA principles are so generic as to be meaningless, then you are inadvertently making the case that this really isn’t “much ado about nothing,” but that rather Lutherans should have nothing to do with the BSA, since the BSA is practically espousing deistic therapy (sans moral principles).

    So, yes, perhaps now is the time to restart the Lutheran Rangers.

  8. @Jim Pierce #8
    I’m just saying that the scouts is a worthwhile organization and they don’t teach any religion,including deism. Boys and their parent don’t join scouts for the religion, they join for the activities and frienship. My husband still goes backpacking with some of the dads he met in the troop. And my 26 year old son is still good friends with a boy he got to know in the troop. As I said, our troop was not religious at all. But if a church sponsors a troop they can incorporate their teachings into the troop, I’m sure.

    If some of you dads only want your children to participate in LCMS organizations, thst’s your choice. But don’t dismiss the idea of keeping your boys in the BSA. You may find this policy change doesn’t change your troop at all.

  9. Prior to the recent homosexual edict a Lutheran congregation sponsoring a Scout troop was allowed to conduct its Scout troop program according to its own policies and guidelines, including religious, along with some national BSA limits like age restrictions, requirements for merit badges, advancement to the next rank, etc.

    Other Scout troops sponsored by other religious bodies followed their religious policies.

    When Scout troops from different religious sponsors met, Lutheran troops were not required to participate in any syncretic or unionistic activities. For example, Lutheran troops did not participate in the Order of the Arrow at Scout camps.

    With the new edict, a Lutheran congregation-sponsored troop has a new requirement to honor and respect homosexual perversion as acceptable morality for membership in Scouting. This supersedes any religious confession or teaching of the sponsoring Lutheran congregation. It attempts to force syncretism with Satan, which Lutheran troops must condemn.

  10. @Carl Vehse #11 It’s just not true that the Boy Scout’s statement yesterday “establishes a new requirement to honor and respect homosexual perversion as acceptable morality, etc”.
    The statement says that sexual activity of either heterosexual or homosexual nature by boys is not in keeping with their values. Sorry, I don’t know how to link but the statement is on the BSA website.

  11. Wow, I just read every post up till mind. I am very impressed with all, even though some post seemed angry-but that sometimes happens with debating, even when it is meant for good brain storming. Discussing the decision made by the BSC to let Homosexuals in is an emotional topic, even if we are trying to be in earnest theologically correct to our Lord. We are human; issues like this really hits a cord.

    I was in scouting during the 60s-70s. I stopped after I left grade school. (I was a girl scout). I think back in my day– and I am guessing even further back. Scouting was meant to teach basic surviving skills, cooking, sewing, citizenship, etc– with God in mind. Back then God more then likely represented for most of us a trinitarian God, unless you where Jewish or other faith, so I believe pubic schools kept it generic – even back then–with the exception of the Christian schools regardless if they were Catholic or Protestant. Yet all of our teachings were based on the Golden Rule of the Ten Commandments.

    I know we have reached a climate with the homosexual in the BSC, but this has been simmering ever since prayer was taken out of the school, by a woman atheist; her name escapes me. Also, I have to say, many people in my age group (at least the baby boomers) set the stage for this and many other evils that are plaguing our nation. Many of us were luke warm to the warnings or maybe really didn’t understand the gravity of the consequences when all of the moral issues that we are dealing with today were being birthed back in the turbulent 60s and 70s. Most of us, including myself were asleep the last thirty years since the 70s. Regarding myself at least the first twenty years of my adult life, I was trying to understand what it meant to be a Christian, after being raised in the Roman Catholic traditions that gave me no real answers to my tough questions. I myself have waken up, but lack good verbal skills to debate on line, plus, I kind of like Peter bold-yet naïve—so I can make myself look silly at times. I keep praying that the Good Lord keeps working on me for boldness and not timidity due to my lack of skills in the public arena.
    I agree with all of you good theologians, your heart is in the right place with God Almighty maker of Heaven and Earth and in Jesus Christ His Son; with the Holy Spirit our guide and light. You guys can debate the theology stuff very well— but it needs to go into practice.
    With that said—- I agree with Ps Dent. We can’t cry over spilt milk; by recanting our generations short history with a fine tooth comb as to find out the whys, how come, and the what fore questions. If we are honest with ourselves our generations missed the boat. We have all missed the boat even our most devoted pastors in the Lutheran Church and other churches in the United States. Satan is enjoying this very much. So we must stop auguring and just plan our line of defense as to how we can make a positive-god pleasing “youth group” that is like scouting. I pray diligently the LCMS along with other synodical groups (except for ELCA) can come up with something that we teach our youth, get our parents in involved and still teach good- Christian principles that most of us learn in the early years of scouting.

  12. @Lifelong Lutheran #12 Page 2
    The statement essentially requires troops to affirm strong desire to commit sexual perversion in the form of homosexual acts, by requiring homosexual “sexual orientation” to be permitted. All sexual orientation means is that someone believes that it is right to have strong desires to commit sexual perversion in the form of homosexual acts.

    In other words, to unrepentantly desire homosexual relations. In fact the statement required ALL sexual orientations, including presumably, the World Health Organization recognized Prepubertal Orientation. The BSA has inadvertently declared the strong desire to have sexual relations with prepubescent children as morally upright as well.

  13. The BSA announcement states that the resolution “reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.”

    This is the statement “Lifelong Lutheran” [sic] was trying to cherry-pick to make his claim that “sexual activity of either heterosexual or homosexual nature by boys is not in keeping with their values.” This prohibition of sexual conduct for Scouts, most of whom are minors, has always been there.

    What “Lifelong Lutheran” [sic] conveniently left out was the significant decision of the resolution: “Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.”

    Thus Lutheran congregation-sponsored Scout troops are required to recognize openly homosexual orientation as fitting in with the Scout oath of “morally straight,” which overrides any policies or teachings of the church body and its troop regarding Scout membership.

    In the meantime it is Lufauxrans (lifelong and otherwise) who are trying to tapdance around the BSA approval of homosexual perversion. They display the same depravity as do the majority of the BSA National Council members.

  14. As an Eagle Scout, I will always cherish the time I spent in the Scouts (I started as a Cub Scouts). But if I ever get married and have children, I don’t believe that I will let them join the BSA or the grossly liberal Girl Scouts. The BSA has capitulated, and when decisions such as these are made, there is almost never any turning back.

    I am glad to learn that there are Christian alternatives to the BSA and Girl Scouts, even Lutheran Scouting! I hope the Lutheran Scouting program expands.

  15. Carl, I think you’re assigning false motives to me. I obviously wasn’t “cherry picking” since I told you where to find the full BSA statement. I didn’t include the second quote because I thought everyone knew that’s what this whole thread is about – that the Boy Scouts have removed the restriction on homosexual members who are under 18 years old.

    @Carl Vehse #15

  16. @Lifelong Lutheran #17 Page 2
    That isn’t the whole truth, they didn’t remove a restriction on homosexual orientations, they opened membership to ALL sexual orientations, effectively deeming all immoral and deviant sexual lusts as morally upright.

  17. @Lifelong Lutheran #17,

    You quoted from my statement in #11 (page 2) and then claimed it was “just not true.” Your support was to refer to the BSA announcement’s secondary statement, which reiterates longstanding policy. But my statement was based on the announcement’s primary statement of the change in BSA policy, of which you did not quote or even refer in your #12. That action is what I called “cherry-picking”; it is not assigning a motive, false or otherwise.

  18. No boy is a member of the scouts without the permission of his parents.

    No scout troop is sponsored by an LC-MS congregation without the approval of that congregation.

    Don’t both the parents and the congregation have the right, even the obligation to exercise their vocations and responsibilities to the children/lambs?

  19. Since government schools also promote homosexuality, wouldn’t consistency require us to leave them, too? Why doesn’t I Corinthians 5:9-13 apply?

    “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you.’”

  20. Do I see my orientation as homosexual (tempted or actual) or as a struggling sinner baptized into Christ? The title I take defines what I see myself as. Am I living for this world or for Christ? The sinner finds his indentity in Christ. He will gladly bear the name Christian. And the “homosexual” who regrets what he’s doing will run from the title. The secure sinner will embrace it.

    In all honesty, if we’re talking 11 to 14 years olds, I think this is more about the adults imposing their definitions on them as to what they think the kids should be. “Oh, that’s what I am?” The kids are pushed into the self-fulfilling catagory. I think its really about what the adults want.

    What about mandatory reporting? As one who just went through training, aren’t these leaders required by law to report abuse to the authorities?

    As an Eagle Scout, even at that age I wondered if the church really knew what we used to do around the campfire. Yes I remember the Order of the Arrow and young leaders dressed up as indians dancing around the campfire and praying to the great spirits of the east and west, along with the legalistic oaths and songs at the end of the day like “Have I kept my honor bright/Can I guiltless sleep sleep tonight, have I did and have I done, everything to be prepared.” Graebner would have rolled over in his grave.

  21. @ #21

    I Corinthians 5:9-13 AAT

    9 In my letter I wrote you not to mix with those who live in sexual sin. 10 I didn’t mean you should altogether keep away from people who live in sexual sin in this world, from those who are greedy, who rob, or worship idols; then you would have to get out of this world. 11 But now I write you: Don’t mix with anyone who calls himself a Christian but lives in sexual sin or is greedy, worships idols, slanders, gets drunk, or robs. Don’t even eat with such a person. 12 Is it my business to judge those who are outside the church? 13 God judges those who are outside. Shouldn’t you judge those who are inside the church? Put the wicked man away from you.

  22. I pray that the Synod can bring all of its wisdom to bear on this issue. My son has barely begun in scouting, but for many a break with scouting would be truly wrenching.

    From my perspective the issue is not coming out of the world. Consider it this way. If a scout has the strong desire to commit sexual perversion, he may unashamedly and publicly uphold these desires as morally good, and all scouts, scoutmasters, and chartering congregations must laud him with highest honors as a morally upright scout.

    This wouldn’t be the same sort of issue for an organization that was not centered on teaching ethics to youth through a charter of the church.

    What changed is that the scout code now upholds a desire to commit sexual perversion as morally straight. It will be very difficult to reason that a chartering congregation is not effectively holding this position as well.

    Consider if an eagle scout from an LCMS chartered troop writes a letter to the editor of the local paper celebrating his strong desire to perpetrate sexual perversion as an eagle scout. Isn’t he now protected from reproach by the veil of “orientation”? Hasn’t the pastor already effectively lauded this desire as morally upright? Can the pastor, troop, scoutmasters, or congregation now point to this and rightly call it evil?

    No one is interested in excluding anyone who struggles against perverted desires. But personally, I am very concerned about being coerced toward affirming those desires as morally upright.

  23. I think those of you so focused on sexuality and behavior need to remember that what the Scouts did was two fold:

    1. Mandate that any sexual behavior by youth in the program is in conflict with Scout values.
    2. Allow any youth to be a member of Scouting.

    I’m having a hard time understanding why mandating no sexual behavior in our youth, and allowing every youth access to the values embodied by Scouting is a bad thing.

    Are all of you saying a gay youth is better off OUTSIDE of Scouting? Are we all better off if they don’t learn what Scouting has to offer?

  24. What BA 1959 @ #25 claims about the recent decision is simple obfuscation.

    The BSA announcement states:

    Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.

    The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.

    What this resolution means to Lutherans was explained by Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director, Office of National Mission:

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted yesterday to end its 103-year ban on allowing gay Scouts in the organization… which now allow the BSA to supersede the authority of local scouting chapters, cause a crisis of conscience for our pastors, parents and congregation members.

    Prior to the vote, Pres. Harrison had warned:

    “For those who may be unaware, the BSA, in recent months, has discussed allowing both gay Scouts and Scout leaders into its organization. Recently, however, the BSA has changed its course. Now the vote will determine only whether to include openly homosexual Scouts as members.”

    “The proposed change in BSA policy on values and membership to include openly homosexual Scouts adversely affects, even supersedes, the authority of the local pastor and congregation by allowing and promoting a moral position that we as LCMS Lutherans believe is against the will of God and in opposition to Holy Scripture.”

  25. BA 1959 :
    I think those of you so focused on sexuality and behavior need to remember that what the Scouts did was two fold:
    1. Mandate that any sexual behavior by youth in the program is in conflict with Scout values.
    2. Allow any youth to be a member of Scouting.
    I’m having a hard time understanding why mandating no sexual behavior in our youth, and allowing every youth access to the values embodied by Scouting is a bad thing.
    Are all of you saying a gay youth is better off OUTSIDE of Scouting? Are we all better off if they don’t learn what Scouting has to offer?

    They were already “allowed” in the sense that the BSA certainly were making no efforts whatever to discover or even simply to ask if boys thought they might be gay. So, the actual prohibition was to being out and proud at age 13. Any boy with that attitude who was going around telling folks he is gay and making it an issue was not allowed. The only way the issue would come up would be if the scout himself brought it up. Sex is not a topic in scouting.

    The only ones “so focused on sexuality and behavior” are the homosexual activists. Certainly the BSA never was.

  26. In 2013: Today’s Business, the Pastors Conference of the South Wisconsin District submitted one late overture related to the Boy Scouts (pp. 31-32): L2-11 – To Express Concern to Boy Scouts of America

    Besides expressing “concern” and encouraging district congregations to be concerned, the overture also resolves that “[i]f the May 2013 Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America adopts a resolution to reverse its policy of barring openly homosexual people, that this resolution serve as a petition to the 2013 LCMS convention to consider organizing and operating an alternative youth organization for its young men and women.”

  27. Mrs. Hume :

    Pastor Ted Crandall :Since government schools also promote homosexuality, wouldn’t consistency require us to leave them, too?

    Yes!
    https://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=29935&cpage=1#comment-827245

    Did Walther really make this a condition for membership?

    “6. That you will join no other religious organization; especially not a secret order; that you will not send your children to the non-religious public schools;”

  28. @Pastor Ted Crandall #31

    The document defines obligations, so does that technically mean that it is not a condition? I mean baptism is the condition for membership. These other things sound like they are just expectations of members. I am no expert on this matter, but judging from the language and context, I would say, no, it was not a condition. That is my guess. However, for consistency as you said, then yes we should have our children in our schools as much as we possibly can.

  29. @Mrs. Hume #32

    That would be consistent, but I’m still wrestling with I Corinthians 5:9-13, and leaning toward deciding it is not necessary to leave either:

    “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you.’”

  30. Scout Law

    A SCOUT IS: TRUSTWORTHY, HELPFUL FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, OBEDIENT, CHEERFUL, THRIFTY, BRAVE, CLEAN AND REVERANT.

    Scout Motto:

    DUE A GOOD TURN DAILY.

    Scouting does not have anything to do with sex. It is a program designed to make the above Law and Motto a part of a young mans way of acting. In over 40 years of Scouting, sex and sexual orientation were never part of any scouting program I was involved in on a local state or national level.

    What are we adults doing. We are the ones so preoccupied with sex and sexual orientation.
    It is adults who are producing sexually explicit films, making pornography, discussing and promoting all of the deviant and cruel activities of sex.

    Learning about and enjoying the outdoor, learning to respect others and treat each other with dignity and respect, learning the meaning of responsibility and accountability to self and others are the objectives and goals of Scouting.

    Do not pollute this activity with ones belief about SEX. SCOUTING IS NOT ABOUT SEX!!!!

    Joe Scout

  31. This May 23, 2013, BJS blog began with “Today the news became official, the Boy Scouts have fallen in line with the step of a world gone mad…”

    Today, the BSA (I won’t write what the ‘B’, ‘S’, and ‘A’ now stand for) sank further down into the hull-crushing abyss of moral depravity and perversion.

    “Adult homosexuals and bisexuals will soon be able to participate in Boy Scouts of America — if they are approved by local governing troops or units, the BSA said Monday.

    “The BSA’s National Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution July 10 changing its adult membership policy to permit chartering organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, the BSA said on its website Monday.

    “It will also ‘respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,’ said the BSA, citing ‘rapid changes in society’ and ‘increasing legal challenges’ at federal, state and local level about its membership policy.”

    Excerpted from the Washington Times article, “Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals.”

    With the SCOTUS decision, it will next be possible for a Scoutmaster and Boy Scout to obtain a legal “marriage” license, with (homosexual) parental consent, of course. Won’t that be absolutely fabulous?

    And, of course, “If you like your non-GLBTQ Scoutmaster, you can keep your non-GLBTQ Scoutmaster.”

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