Yesterday they released a statement that indicates things may change. Are the Scouts caving in to bullying from the leading homosexual activists groups?
But first. Last week we published a Blog alerting you to the "Reproductive Parity Act," a bill that requires anyone who buys maternity insurance, must also buy coverage for an abortion. Planned Parenthood and NARAL are the parents of this legislation. Their usual allies in the Legislature are pushing it for them. And they are pushing hard.
The bill is HB 1044. A hearing was announced yesterday for this Thursday, January 31 at 8 AM. The hearing will be held by the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness in the John L. O'Brien Building in Hearing Room B.
If you can attend, please do. If not please contact your District Representative and ask them to oppose the bill.
The New York Times and others are reporting in ways that imply the Scouts position change on gays is a done deal, however, the release does not suggest that. It will be considered in next week's board meeting. Homosexual activists are also talking like it is a done deal and they are already complaining that it does not go far enough.
This is yesterday's statement:
It was released by Deron Smith.
"The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs."
This statement merely says that should the national board of the BSA decide at their board meeting next week to make a change, they will give local Troops the discretion to set the policy.
While the New York Times and homosexual activists are crediting the consideration to pressure from ordinary folks across the nation, there has been enormous pressure, directly and indirectly, from the homosexual activist groups and of course, the media.
And as usual, should the Boy Scouts change their position, the homosexual activists are already claiming it is not enough.
They are attacking the decision that has not yet been made, saying, "It's a step in the right direction, but under the policy change, it will still be possible for some units to discriminate."
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and now has 2.6 million scouts and 1 million involved adults.
The private organization has not allowed homosexuals or atheists to join since their founding.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of their policy regarding gays in 2000.
This is yet another example of the attack on biblical values and the erosion of religious freedoms---this time by bullies who advocate tolerance.
Lets hope and pray that the Scouts don't cave to the activists.
Things will change in our culture. I read a meaningful Psalm this morning in my personal devotions: "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Ps. 30:5).
Be Encouraged. Be Strengthened. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.