Tell Boy Scouts to Abide by Oath of Staying ‘Morally Straight’

By Richard Land
Feb 5, 2013

Dear Friends:

As you are well aware, the Boy Scouts of America is on the verge of reversing course on one of its timeless values. Under pressure from a few corporate donors along with some others, the BSA national leadership is considering changing the organization’s longstanding policy that bans openly homosexual leaders and Scouts.

And they are wasting no time. The BSA board of directors is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to change the existing policy!

Tell the Boy Scouts Not to Change Longstanding, Principled Membership Policy

Such a policy change would mark a dangerous step away from the BSA’s stated commitment of providing “the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.” It would represent a serious departure from the Scout Oath, which includes a pledge “to keep myself…morally straight.” And it would even run afoul of the BSA’s own statement just six months ago that the existing policy is supported by a “majority of our membership” and “remains in the best interest of Scouting.”

In an ad printed nationwide yesterday in the USA Today, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission joined 41 other organizations urging the BSA to “show courage” and “stand firm for timeless values” by retaining the longstanding policy barring open homosexuals from Scouting.

The BSA needs to hear from you as well—before it’s too late!

If you share our concerns, please contact the Boy Scouts of America leadership and board of directors immediately and urge them to stand on principle by voting against any proposal to weaken the current membership standards, which ban openly homosexual leaders and Scouts. You can reach them by phone at (972) 580-2000. If you receive a busy tone, please keep dialing. Or simply send them an email here.

For More Information:
USA Today ad urging Boy Scouts to retain existing membership standards
Letter to Boy Scouts on proposal to allow homosexual leaders
Boy Scouts on verge of admitting homosexual leaders

Thank you for taking a few minutes to help protect the timeless values upheld by the Boy Scouts for more than a century.

In His Service,

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

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