by Dr. D ~ February 6th, 2013
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The Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America announced today that they were delaying their decision on changing their current policy which excludes Gay members and leaders. Now any proposed change will be voted on by the 1,400 members of the national council at their annual meeting in May.
Last week the Executive Board indicated that they would be announcing a major change in the policy today but after a week of extreme pressure from both sides of the issue, the board is now deferring that decision to the larger national council which has representatives from troops all around the country.
The proposed change would have allowed local scout troops decide for themselves whether to allow gay participation or not. Meanwhile, there were a myriad of responses to the possible change including a statement from President Obama calling for the change and one from Texas Gov. Perry against it. Then there were a large number of Christian organizations and churches which mostly opposed the change. It must be remembered that 70% of the troops are actually sponsored by religious denominations which include conservative churches like the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Mormon Church (LDS).
In final analysis, neither side was particularly happy with any possible compromise that would allow some troops to be inclusive of gays while others were not.
Response: It is a good decision to delay a major change like this until everyone has had their say and until the complete ramifications can be fully assessed and vetted. Some very large Christian sponsors are indicating that the new policy might be a ‘deal breaker’ for them and might force them to leave and form their own alternative organization.
The announcement last week that a change of policy was imminent was a real disappointment to many of us who have respected the Boy Scouts organization for standing up for traditional Christian morality. I believe that any change that results in a mixture of some troops accepting Gays while others don’t will end up destroying their unity and doom the organization in the long run. *Top