Moment of Decision Arrives for Boy Scouts

By Richard Land
May 22, 2013

UPDATE: On May 23, the Boy Scouts of America’s national council approved a resolution, with more than 60 percent of the vote, to allow openly homosexual youth in scouting. The new policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. In the wake of this unfortunate outcome, we encourage you to keep the BSA leadership, as well as all Scouts and scouting parents, in prayer. For more information and commentary on the vote, please click here and here.

Dear Friends:

A critical moment of decision for the Boy Scouts is here. On Thursday, roughly 1,400 delegates to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council meeting will vote on a resolution that would require every scouting unit to accept openly homosexual youth for membership.

This policy would be a devastating choice. The BSA needs our voice and our prayers to be courageous in standing for a principled policy that has been integral to the organization for a century. You can help in two important ways:

  • Petition the Boy Scouts of America leadership and your local scouting unit to stand on principle by voting “no” on the resolution to allow openly homosexual youth in scouting. You can locate your local Boy Scouts chapter here. You can reach the BSA national leadership by phone at (972) 580-2000 or by email here. Feel free to copy and paste any of the information from this alert into your message.
  • Pray that God will move in the hearts of the 1,400 voting BSA delegates to stand courageously for traditional values in the Boy Scouts by voting “no” on the resolution.

While the resolution may sound harmless—some consider it acceptable since a ban on openly homosexual adults remains intact—it is not. Such a policy change would mark a tragic step away from the BSA’s self-described mission “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” It also would be the first step toward inclusion of openly homosexual adults in scouting.

Nearly 70 percent of local scouting units are chartered by the faith community. By introducing homosexual identification into scouting, the BSA would effectively require all church-sponsored scouting units to endorse a practice incompatible with Scripture. Many churches would simply withdraw from scouting rather than compromise their convictions.

The current policy has served the BSA well. Sixty-one percent of Boy Scout parents support the current policy. The BSA should hold fast to it.

For More Information:
Letter to Boy Scouts leadership on proposed policy
Statement of religious leaders on Boy Scouts’ policy

Thank you for taking time to stand—in voice and in prayer—asking that the Boy Scouts stand firm on the timeless values that have guided them for more than a century.

In His Service,

Dr. Richard Land
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention

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