Mary Mostert
June 19, 2003
Allowing homosexuals in Philadelphia Boy Scouts drives scouting families out
By Mary Mostert

While that is not generally discussed in the media, parents are very apt to “discriminate” against groups and organizations that ignore or even approve of dangerous behavior where their children are concerned. Hans Zeiger, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout, makes this very point in a letter to the Philadelphia Daily News after Philadelphia’s Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council voted to allow homosexuals as Scout leaders. He predicts:

“Membership and funding in Philadelphia's Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council will decrease by half within the next year. “Why? Because the council gave in to pressures from radical homosexual groups.” The Human Rights Campaign, which bills itself as “the largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country,” on the other hand, hailed the Philadelphia Council’s decision to defy the National Boy Scout Council’s policies. “The Cradle of Liberty Council sent a strong message to the national group this month that honesty, service and leadership are impossible skills to learn in a discriminatory environment,” said Seth Kilbourn, HRC’s national field director. “This move is a loud and clear signal that safe and inclusive policies provide the richest settings for young people to thrive in.”

Kilbourn’s statement is almost amusing in its contradiction. It actually is the honesty, service and leadership of Boy Scouts of America that homosexual activists are attacking. The Boy Scout Oath states: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

The Boy Scout Handbook carefully explains to boys the meaning of the Boy Scout Oath. Keeping themselves physically strong means to: “Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. It also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.”

According to easily available statistics from the Center for Disease Control, homosexual sex is harmful to your health. So harmful, in fact, that “any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 should not donate blood or plasma. This applies even to men who may have had only a single contact and who do not consider themselves homosexual or bisexual.”

Now, why should a government entity like the Center for Disease Control be allowed to discriminate against homosexual or bisexual men like that? Because, it was found, allowing homosexuals to give or sell their blood was making other people sick or killing them. Hans Zeiger observed: “I have yet to hear any sound reasoning from the Philadelphia council to justify its decision. No doubt it felt the pending weight of financial non-discrimination policies from the United Way.

“But a force more powerful than fat checks from the United Way are the decent families that support and lead individual Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs. Already, several local scouting families have e-mailed me that they plan to exit the organization. They share my view that the Cradle of Liberty Council is no longer a real part of the Boy Scouts of America.” “Now that the Philadelphia council has opened the door to admit homosexuals in membership and leadership, the Boy Scout Oath and Law have headed for the same door with the ‘Exit’ sign hanging over it.”

The largest Boy Scout sponsoring organization in America is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today more than 400,000 Scouts are sponsored by and housed in LDS churches. In fact, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the first partner to sponsor Scouting in the United States in 1913. The primary purpose of the Scouting program, according to its founder Lord Baden-Powell, is to build character. He said,

“There is no religious side of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion; that is, on the realization of and service to God.” With that history, the LDS church led the way in warning the U.S. Supreme court in 2000 in an Amicus brief during its consideration of (Boy Scouts of America vs Dale) that they would end its association with the Boy Scouts and set up its own program , "if compelled to accept openly homosexual scout leaders."

As Hans Zeiger put it: “Scouts are taught to respect all people, including homosexuals, but the lifestyle simply does not work when it comes to figuring out who's staying in whose tent on the next overnight campout.

“Given the moral and legal justifications for the Boy Scout policy, their opponents are actually opposed to the core mission of scouting. The idea that it is possible to support scouting while opposing its policy on gays is ridiculous. The Scout Oath rings with clarity: ‘morally straight.’…They've looked scouting in the eye and declared that a moral code built on truth doesn't work in our time. …“But if the scouts abandon their moral foundation, the rest of society won't be far behind.”

Does this victory for the homosexual lobby mean the rest of society will just give up on teaching their boys important life skills that include a moral and religious component? Not as long as groups like Save Our Scouts, Churches that sponsor 60% of all the Scouts in America, individuals like Hans Zeiger and concerned parents continue to support the program and moral principles laid out by Lord Baden Powell nearly 100 years ago.

Click here to help Scout groups losing United Way funding because they resist the Homosexual Lobby and go to: Save Our Scouts

Note: The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Monday circulated a letter to Boy Scout executives across the country, written by chief scout executive Roy L. Williams stating: "As a condition of their charter, no local council is permitted to depart from [Boy Scouts of America] membership policies." Charters of those local councils ignoring the policy would be rescinded. The Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council rescinded its action on allowing homosexual leaders and members.

To contact Hans Zeiger: hanszeiger@yahoo.com

© Mary Mostert

 

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