July 8, 2013: Our readers write

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Supports churches’ decision

In a recent letter (Scouts, homosexuality already separate) the writer stated “Acceptance of homosexual Boy Scouts isn’t an acceptance of homosexual lifestyle any more than the admission of a drug addict to my church congregation condones drug use.” I applaud churches that minister to homosexuals and drug addicts, but I believe the writer missed a glaring difference between these two scenarios. Those who have pressured the BSA to change its policy are certainly expecting full acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle. They are not coming to a conservative organization, admitting a problem and asking for help, as many drug addicts would in coming to church. They are compelling one more institution founded on time-honored moral standards to just not accept their lifestyle, but affirm it.

The writer considers it a positive thing for Scout troops that “KY Revised Statue 510… will deter most juvenile sexual predators if Scoutmasters study it well enough.” As a mother of four sons who have been involved in Scouting for years, I find it terribly disturbing to consider that deterring most predators in a troop would be adequate. Does it make sense to change BSA policy in a way that even hints of giving parents and Scout leaders increased concern with sexual predators?

Members of the BSA just do not attend Scouting activities at a church; they affirm an oath that is supposed to be reflected in their lifestyle. The Boy Scout Handbook explains one cornerstone of the Scout Oath (being “morally straight”) as to “remain faithful in your religious beliefs” and to practice values as a Scout that “will help you shape a life of virtue”. The churches and families, who have broken ties with the Boy Scouts are remaining faithful to their beliefs concerning God’s prescribed design for sexuality.  These churches decided at some point to join with a great organization which they believed would support their teaching in shaping “a life of virtue.” Perhaps the more valid perspective is that the BSA, by its decision, has broken ties with these churches, and with the families who believe the Scout Oath means what it says.

Leigh Ann Pierce