Despicable politics against Boy Scouts

May 8, 2012

By Katy Grimes

The Boy Scouts of America are under attack again, and this time, at the state Capitol.

The Boy Scouts have been under attack for many years by homosexual special interest groups–apparently being a volunteer “boy” scout displeases against some liberals.

Tuesday, Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, touched off a surprise controversy when he introduced a bill to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts at the Capitol.

Is nothing sacred anymore? Boys can’t be scouts without politics and the agendas of adults interfering?

At the behest of parents several decades ago, the Boy Scouts now have policies in place that prohibit gays from holding leadership positions within the organization. But this has brought the historic scouting organization under attack from special interest groups–despite the ten decades of positive influences on boys. Outdoor activities, camping, leadership training, fellowship, and man-building and bonding has occurred thanks to the Boy Scouts.

My son was a scout. From Cub Scouts through Eagle Scout, 1st grade through high school graduation, he benefitted in ways I cannot enumerate and could not have provided for him. The Boy Scouts do not discriminate –they invite all boys to participate. It’s only the parents with political agendas who make the scouts political, and distasteful.

For many years I even vociferously opposed the participation of moms in scouting, other than den mothers. We moms are women, and should not have much influence in how the Boy Scouts operate. It’s a guy thing and needs to remain so.

In fact, I often wonder why moms get involved at all in the older boy scouting. There are so few activities that allow sons to just hang out with other boys and do guy things… things that often make women say “ew.”

A long history of Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is a private, non-profit organization and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and more than 1 million adult volunteers. Founded in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.

The apparent danger of achieving this goal is mind boggling lest the boys have too much fun, and along the way become productive, responsible members of American society.

Scouting values include trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, all taught through activities including camping, water sports, all levels of hiking and many other activities. And respect and leadership skills are always a part of the activities.

The Controversy

In 1998, the Scouts fired any troop leader who announced his homosexuality, a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court. But this was only after a legal nightmare which followed the discovery of Jerrold Schwartz, a 42-year old scoutmaster of a New York scout troop, who repeatedly sodomized a young teen in his troop over the course of a three-year period during the mid-nineties.

But this case was not the only issue of scout leaders and homosexuality. “Ex-scoutmasters from Massachusetts and Iowa to Oklahoma and Utah have recently faced charges on such offenses,” City Journal wrote in 2002. “Cases of sexual abuse in the Scouts have been rising, going from 70 a year two decades ago to roughly 200 a year by the late 1990s.”

Activism and attacks

The Boy Scouts was the perfect organization for the homosexual community to attack–it’s all about the development of boys into men, and purely a guy thing.

But the gay agenda issue was unable to hold muster. And fortunately the scouts fought back. With support from millions of parents across the country who just wanted their kids to be able to participate in an organization that hadn’t been politicized, and had remained true to it’s historical mission, the thought of activists and politicians infiltrating and taking advantage of a few abusive leadership positioms sickened most families involved in scouting.

State Capitol Antics

Tuesday, state Democrats demanded that Assemblyman Morrell’s resolution include wording urging the Boy Scouts to stop discriminating against homosexual Scout leaders. As if that was not enough, Assemblyman Mike Feurer, D-Los Angeles, introduced his own resolution including the offensive and controversial language. Feurer’s resolution was passed by the Assembly proving that the selfish political agendas of liberals is far more important than the millions of boys and men who have benefitted so greatly because of the Boy Scouts.

However, if any of the Assembly Democrats had bothered to read the Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan and Outdoor Code, they’d have seen that the Boy Scouts teach values that progressives and liberals claim to care about.

Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country;
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared

Scout Slogan

Do a good turn daily

Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best, to be clean in my outdoor manners, to be careful with fire, to be considerate in the outdoors, and to be conservation minded.

I’ve got news for the perpetually self-absorbed Democrats in the Assembly – everything is not about you… a little daily reverence, kindness and courteousness would be refreshing.

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