(Orlando) After an intense grassroots firestorm, the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has decided to postpone a vote to change the policy and allow homosexuals in the Scouts, including as Scoutmasters.
In just 36 hours, Liberty Counsel collected and hand-delivered more than 20,000 petitions to both the Boy Scouts of America’s executive offices in Irving, Texas, and to the hotel in Texas where the board convened for the meeting. Liberty Counsel joined 41 other pro-family organizations to place an ad in USA Today. Scouting families and concerned citizens placed innumerable phone calls and sent countless emails, urging the Boy Scouts of America to uphold moral standards and to demonstrate the strength of character that has made Scouts a bulwark in American culture.
“For years, the Boy Scouts of America organization has been under a relentless assault by radical LGBT organizations, including a case at the United States Supreme Court,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
The Human Rights Campaign admitted it will not be content with a policy change that leaves the decision whether to allow homosexuals into the Scouts up to the local chapters. The radical group will continue to pressure corporations to withhold contributions until the Scouts fully embrace homosexuality in every local chapter.
“It makes no sense to allow the likes of a Jerry Sandusky access to young boys in the woods to sexually molest them. Changing the policy to allow homosexual Scoutmasters will open the door to pedophiles and perverts and put young boys at risk. Such a change will destroy the Boy Scouts,” said Staver.
“The Boy Scouts should clean out its board of directors. The CEO of Ernst & Young, who led the charge to change the policy, ought to step down or be removed. He is a disgrace to Scouts and his actions mock the Scouting oath,” concluded Staver.
The mission and oath include: “To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law… On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
Liberty Counsel will continue to gather petitions and present them to the BSA prior to their next meeting.
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February 7, 2013