Boy Scouts: a Lament and Prognosis, Part III

by (@bjgingerich) June 3, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) So the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be facing several negative consequences for their decision to change membership standards, allowing for openly avowed gay youth. Last post, I wondered how the BSA leadership reached such a nadir in moral courage. There are no easy answers, but I think the current […]

Boy Scouts: a Lament and Prognosis, Part II

by (@bjgingerich) June 3, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Last week, I analyzed the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council’s foolish decision to change membership standards, lifting bans on open avowed homosexual youth. I foresee four scenarios of fallout due to the national leadership’s betrayal of the majority of its supporters and participants. 1. Someway, somehow, the BSA pulls […]

Boy Scouts: a Lament and Prognosis, Part I

by (@bjgingerich) May 31, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) A kick in the teeth. That’s what last week’s vote felt like to many Americans. I refer to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) decision to allow for openly gay youth membership, with 61% of the National Council in favor. The policy change will become effective January 1, 2014. I was […]

Boy Scouts Embrace Dull Conformity

by (@TheIRD) May 28, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Despite the pleas of many religious leaders, the Boy Scouts of America National Council has approved a new membership policy of “non-discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or preference.” During the session of 1,400 delegates, the BSA’s general counsel was reportedly unable to answer what this policy means for transsexuals. Cross-dressing Scouts? […]

Boy Scouts Forced to Choose Sides in the Culture War

by (@TheIRD) May 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) A group of mostly Protestant and evangelical church leaders, representing churches with over 20 million members, are asking the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council meeting this week to retain the current BSA stance on sexuality. The May 22-24 meeting will consider a proposal to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or […]

Over 50 Religious Leaders Ask Boy Scouts to Uphold Membership Standards

by (@TheIRD) May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013 Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell “These groups are invested in the future of scouting, rather than simply making a political statement.” -IRD President Mark Tooley Washington, DC—Fifty U.S. religious leaders have signed a statement to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) encouraging the organization to continue its current leadership and membership standards, instead […]

Statement of Religious Leaders on Boy Scout Policy this Week

by (@TheIRD) May 21, 2013

The following letter was released earlier today and signed by IRD President Mark Tooley, which reads: We strongly support the Boy Scouts of America current prohibition on open homosexuality and retaining it without revision. Nearly 70 percent of BSA troops are hosted by churches and religious institutions. Upholding traditional morality is vital for sustaining this […]

UM Action Calls on Boy Scouts of America to Stand Strong

by (@JohnLomperis) March 21, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) After the disappointment of seeing UMC denominational leaders fail to faithfully represent our denomination while being inaccurately reported in the press as speaking for the entire denomination on the recent Boy Scouts controversy, I decided to send the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) a message on behalf of IRD’s UMAction program. […]

Boy Scouts Renew Debate Over Sex

by (@TheIRD) March 15, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council meeting in May will decide whether to abandon the BSA’s long-time ban on open homosexuality. Early last month, the BSA executive board, confronted by corporate threats to defund, had planned to proceed with a new policy of allowing sponsors of local Boy Scout […]

United Methodist Men Asks Boy Scouts Not to Shift Policy on Homosexuality

by (@markdtooley) February 21, 2013

The Executive Committee of the board of directors of the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) has written the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) asking BSA not to proceed with setting aside its current longtime prohibition on open homosexuality.   The February 19 letter, addressed to BSA chief executive officer Wayne Brock, is signed by […]