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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A Scout is Brave…

…even when the tide seems against him.

Coming home from our trip to St. Louis, I’ve been slowly going through the mail and came across the May/June issue of Scouting, the magazine for scout leaders. There was an article inside that looked interesting and on my way to finding it I came across the editor’s Trailhead column entitled “A Family Discussion.” It pertained to the proposed policy change in the Boy Scouts of America that has been on our minds ever since the media bomb dropped in February. The article described how the three main executives of Scouting were trying hard to listen to all sides, understand all views, and “not [push] Scouters to take one side or the other.” This policy change discussion apparently came about because “many unit-level volunteers weren’t aware of the policy barring openly gay Scouters and Scouts.”  I’m a little surprised at this because the Boy Scouts have had the same standards for about a hundred years, more or less, and the membership policy is pretty easy to find.

I waded through the plan of action proposed in the article, still wryly bemused by all the “family” jargon, feeling uncomfortable with all the platitudes assuring us that “nothing has been decided,” yet at the same time, we can basically agree to disagree, and “we owe it to [the boys and girls involved in Scouts and Venture] to lay aside our preconceived notions and come to the table with one ultimate goal–doing what is best for the youth we serve.” We’re reminded, and rightly, that a Scout is respectful and courteous.

However, a Scout is also honest. Despite all the reassurances of “A Family Discussion,” our leaders in and of our district found out about the proposed policy change in February the same way we did–on the daily news headlines. If this is really a family discussion, it would have been better to discuss it with the family before enlisting the media. According to the media, the discussion is over, and it’s plain to see which side it is that the media is pushing Scouters and Scouts to take.

Also the editor fails to bring up another rather important aspect of this discussion that we learned through the media: the fact that big sponsors and donors of the BSA have vowed to cut funding if the BSA maintains its current policy. That should enter into this family discussion, shouldn’t it?  Because I would like to know what was more of a catalyst in this sudden backpedal of last year’s policy reaffirmation–the volunteers’ complaints or the cold hard cash flow? Or are we just afraid of being called names? Afraid of the ‘bigot’ label?

That certainly adds a sour note to the discussion.

The BSA is being bullied right now, quite frankly. If the answer is to give into the bully, then the executives are not sending the right message to the boys under their leadership.  That’s no way to teach our sons to be men.

A Scout is Brave.

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All statements in quotation marks are directly from the May/June issue of Scouting.

{pretty, happy, funny, real} meets Yarn-Along!

Two for one today, dear readers!

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Pretty

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I am so close to finishing the Roaring Meg sweater. That is the second sleeve on the needles, and after this is the button placket. I finished Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. It was a good read. He had an interesting quote in there about Tolerance.

Tolerance is proclaimed as the greatest secular virtue. And yet, those who espouse tolerance are completely intolerant of all things Catholic and Christian, as well as any common code of moral conduct.

   Ever notice in the media how tolerance is used to force an agenda’s hand? For instance, look at what’s going on with the Boy Scouts right now. If they cave in, I will lose all respect for them. Any institution that founded itself on honor, decency, and helping young men reach responsible maturity isn’t showing a moral backbone at all if it bows under due to money, political pressure, or fear of being called “bigot.” It’s like they’re saying, “Boys, we want you to grow up to be trustworthy, respectful, and honest. Keep your word at all times…unless someone threatens to remove your funding. Then go spineless.”

But going back to the Yarn Along now.

I also read through Jane Austen’s Letters. She’s just as delightful in her correspondence as she is in her novels. Half of the book is notes and references, so I use two bookmarks–one to remind me what letter I’m reading and one to figure out who or what she is talking about at this or that time. I’m currently reading Northanger Abbey. I love that one–so many good lines.

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 I found this in my photo stream. The tag came from an Etsy store purchase and I just had to keep it.

Happy

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The farm playset is getting some mileage lately.

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Apparently we are harvesting candy.

And strawberries were on sale this week!

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They went fast!

Funny

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In my last post I brought up my favorite “Hey Girl” meme (what are those things about and how did they start? I’m seriously out of it here). Here’s another one.

Ah, North and South. Gotta watch it again soon.

Real

I’ve been working on homemade Greek yogurt lately, courtesy of Grocery Shrink Plus. My first batch was a success, my second slightly less so (though I still got some plain yogurt out of the deal). This was due to the fact that I left the bowl straining the liquid out in too tempting a reach while I ran downstairs to deliver a lunch to Haus Meister, who was working in his shop (brewing the next to last batch of beer before Lent).

And then someone decided to give my kitchen a yogurt moisturizing bath.

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So of course I had to take a picture of it.

For the record, she was NOT the one who later in the day decided to toss my iPhone into some water.

I did find a cheaper replacement. It is now permanently in my pocket.