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‘On My Honor’ calls Scouts to stand firm
April 2 2013 by Baptist Press, WORLD News Service

ORLANDO, Fla. – A group of parents and scoutmasters has launched OnMyHonor.net in an effort to keep sex and politics out of the Boy Scouts of America.

According to CitizenLink, representatives from 13 states have pledged to oppose any revision to Scout policy that would allow open homosexuals to hold positions of leadership. Since its founding in 1910, BSA has traditionally excluded homosexuals because their lifestyle is inconsistent with the Scout oath to be morally straight.

John Stemberger, spokesman for OnMyHonor.net and president of the Florida Family Policy Council, clarified at a March 23 rally in Orlando that the initiative would allow anyone to participate as Scouts, no matter their sexual orientation. But it would prevent gays and lesbians from holding leadership positions.
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Photo by Jerry Pierce
Boy Scouts from the Dallas area gathered near the podium at a February rally to show their support for the traditional policy of the Scouts, which encourages them to be morally straight. The Scouts do not allow homosexuals to serve as members or leaders.


“When it comes to young boys, parents have the final say on the issues of sex and politics,” Stemberger said.

BSA has been under pressure from gay activists to allow open homosexuals in leadership for more than a decade. Last year, gay activist groups convinced several corporations, including UPS and Intel, to cease funding BSA after its board members unanimously affirmed traditional leadership policies at their annual meeting.

That pressured the BSA to announce its willingness to reconsider revising the 100-year-old policy. The announcement met considerable opposition from parents and religious leaders, including leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. Members of the SBC Executive Committee warned in a resolution in February that changing the policy would “place the Boy Scouts organization at odds with a consistent biblical worldview on matters of human sexuality.” Earlier in the month, BSA’s executive board announced it wouldn’t make a final decision on the matter until May.

In the meantime, grassroots efforts such as OnMyHonor.net are rallying to raise support for the traditional policy. Changing the policy, they say, would result in a decrease in membership, a rise in sexual misconduct and overt pro-homosexuality political activism.

During OnMyHonor’s March 23 event, former U.S. Congressman Dick Schulze from Pennsylvania urged BSA board members to uphold tradition, asking, “What kind of a message are we sending to our young people if the very leaders who are teaching Boy Scouts to be brave, cannot even find the courage to stand firm and avoid caving to peer pressure from Hollywood and political activists?”
4/2/2013 2:57:28 PM by Baptist Press, WORLD News Service | with 3 comments
Filed under: Boy Scouts, homosexuality




Comments
Harry Allen
The Boy Scout program is a world wide, yet private organization governed by a set of rules to which a boy joins freely and resolves to adhere to their rules by taking the Scout Oath. This Oath has been in place over one hundred years and is open to all who swear to uphold these pledges. There is and has been no discrimination throughout the years and there is no reason that there should be any wavering in these conditions of membership. I was a Scout and an Order of the Arrow member, as was my son. My father was a Eagle Scout with 3 Palms. My son and I both achieved the rank of Life, each with 21 merit badges, just not completing the Eagle requirements.
I was an Assistant Scoutmaster and had quite the time with all of my boys. I was fortunate to be invited to Eagle Courts of Honor of those boys/young men who had transferred to other troops and honored me with Eagle Mentor pins. I am proud to say that These young men have gone on to distinguish themselves in many other ways and carrying with them the honor and tradition of Scouting. To change these values would be to sully the name of scouting and the men and boys who rose through the ranks achieving many skills and self esteem.
4/25/2013 4:33:44 PM

Bob Gutekunst
Please do not let those who want to perform deviant acts into your fine organization. Please vote for what is right. Thanks and God bless.
4/22/2013 4:53:56 PM

Judy Taylor
Please do not compromise the Boy Scout values by the bullying of those who want to promote their deviant sexual agenda.
4/19/2013 8:38:33 PM

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