Dan Popp
January 31, 2013
Boy Scout compass
By Dan Popp

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.
– Boy Scout Oath

If there were ever a time when we needed a program for training boys to be men – true, courageous, righteous, thoughtful, ready men – that time is now. And yet such a program, the Boy Scouts of America, is giving signals that it's about to surrender its mission of shaping "morally straight" male leaders. Like President Obama did, the Scouts may be "evolving" toward a new position on homosexuality.

It's important to point out that this whole episode disproves one of the propaganda lines of the militant homosexual movement. Homosexuals aren't predators, they insisted. They only want acceptance for things done by "consenting adults in the privacy of their bedroom." So much for that. Boys as young as 11 on a campout with older boys and men are not "consenting adults." There's no reason to welcome sodomites into the tent. No reason, other than recruitment and predation.

This assault on the BSA is nothing but a demand for access to boys for the purpose of sexually abusing them. Otherwise, the consenting adults and/or the children who believe they're "gay" could form their own group that didn't involve sleepovers. But evil is never content; it must grow. And to grow it must consume.

I suppose that every organization, if it endures long enough, loses sight of its founding purpose. When that happens, the group can either experience a soul-searching crisis leading to revival and recommitment; or it can sell out, and begin the process of suicide-by-irrelevance.

If it's not too late to ask, What would Baden-Powell do?

I have a Boy Scout compass in my workspace. It reminds me of some good times, and the good examples of godly men. After 40 years, it still points North. Does the moral compass of the Boy Scouts organization function as well? If we have to ask the question, I'm afraid of the answer.

All those years ago, when I and my fellow members of Troop 215 recited the Boy Scout Oath, and we came to the part where we promised to be "morally straight," nobody giggled.

There was no reason to.

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Dan Popp

Dan Popp is a Christian, a husband, and a small-business owner. Writing has been part of his profession since the late 1970s. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Vicky, live in Ohio.

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