By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
In a backlash to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) decision to embrace the presence of openly Gay scouts in its ranks, a new group which has not yet named itself, has announced it will begin to operate as an alternative to the BSA starting next January 1st.
Using lofty phrases like “character development” the new group declared it will be generally modeled on Christian principles of chastity outside of marriages between one man and one woman. New Group (NG) will meet in Nashville in September to address what it says are the concerns of “tens of thousands” of individual scouts, scout leaders and sponsoring organizations troubled by the BSA’s sharp lurch to the left on this crucial issue.
New Group’s proclaimed mission will be to “guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity serve others and experience outdoor adventure.” What would be “courageous” about being an ordinary boy becoming a Boy Scout wasn’t made clear.
Thereafter the mission statement begins to descend into shocking naivety as it talks about accepting youths with same-sex attractions they will ask to “live a life of sexual purity.” New Group will not allow rainbow flags or other “flaunting Gay behaviors” and adult volunteers will be asked to sign a statement attesting to their adherence to Christian faith and values.
While these goals are indeed important and the type the BSA itself should aspire to, trying to split hairs and call for sexual purity rather than concerns over sexual orientation will most certainly doom New Group to failure. It will not fail because it is a bad group or somehow evil. It will fail precisely because it is a good and pure organization.
Those who would destroy the BSA have already begun planning how they can force adult openly homosexual Scout Leaders into the various troops around the country. They will win and because New Group is trying to straddle the line and become a Christian BSA lite it will be destroyed as well.
I sincerely wish to be wrong on this. Nevertheless, unless New Group exercises its right to be exclusive and keep Gay scouts out of its tents, (as per the Dale case), it will not be able to withstand the pressure of the homosexual onslaught and it will be gone in five years if not sooner.