It should come as no shock

As of tonight, this fourth generation Scouting family is no longer part of the Boy Scouts of America. The reasons we leave are simple and are stated pretty well below. This isn’t hate speech or bigotry. Our hope is to raise our boys to be men of values and virtue. Today the BSA showed that it was not a trustworthy organization to help us achieve that end. I respect your right to disagree with us, and I hope you will respect our right to this opinion as well.

The Boy Scouts of America has a logo that bears the phrase ‘Timeless Values.’ Today, the BSA can no longer use this phrase in good faith. It has demonstrated by its actions that the organization’s values are not timeless, and instead they are governed by changing tides of polls, politics and public opinion.

The saddest part of today’s decision is what the organization is teaching our children and young people in the program.

The BSA is teaching our kids that when your values become unpopular, just change them.

The BSA is teaching our kids that when your convictions are challenged, just cave to peer pressure.

The BSA is teaching our kids that public opinion polls are more important than principles.

Today, the BSA is teaching our kids that you should not stand up for what is right; instead you should stand up for what is popular.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

BSA is teaching our kids through its new mission that we don’t make ethical and moral choices through the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law but we make them like an unprincipled politician does, by putting your finger in the air and seeing which way the wind is blowing or by looking at the latest polling results.

What kind of a message are we sending to young people about being brave when its top adult leaders don’t even have the courage to stand up to the pressure of a militant lobby when the bullies in Washington DC, Hollywood or even some of their own renegade councils start pressuring and harassing them?

Quote from onmyhonor.net

The irony of this is that were the topic less controversial, the actions of the yea-voting BSA executives would not be considered so historic.

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One thought on “It should come as no shock

  1. Jen says:

    I just found your blog 🙂 Congrats on the newest little one! I just had my sixth child in April, she’s almost 7 weeks now. This post about BSA…thank you. I read about it briefly and need to bring it up to my husband. They just joined this year with my 10 year old son. I’m wondering what he will say. So sad indeed. Also I read your oldest has developmental delays from being a preemie..I have a six year old on the autism spectrum…he was a month early and had many medical issues. I enjoy this blog very much!

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