Open Letter to the BSAOn May 21, 2013 Comments Off on Open Letter to the BSA
I hope that the Council Representatives that will be voting May 23, 2013 will review these important articles before the vote.
My Legislative Perspective
I have been deeply involved in the moral issues that arise in our state legislature and at our nation’s capitol, as well as internationally at the United Nations. I have a keen awareness of the issues surrounding the campaign for “equality” on a level that the lay person does not have time to investigate.
I can confidently say that this erosion of morality is not going to end with destroying the Boy Scouts as we know it, but that it is out to destroy any and all institutions that promote a standard of morality and decency, namely religion, the family, marriage between a man and a woman, and organizations such as the BSA.
My Unique Perspective – My Personal Experience
I am acquainted with a young man who had an unsettling experience when only 11 years old. I have worked in professional theatre for many years in California, Utah, Dallas and New York City.
As a result, I have some gay friends. I have been on bus and truck national and Broadway tours with them. I respect their talents and abilities, but I have been up close and have observed this culture and lifestyle. I have been in their homes. I know their stories and backgrounds.
Because of my perspective, I am pleading with you and our representatives to vote NO on the resolution before the BSA at the upcoming meeting.
From My Friend and National Expert Judith Reisman, Ph.D
Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law
Former California Lieutenant Governor John Harmer, Judith and I have worked together to fight pornography in Utah. Judith is a nationally acclaimed researcher and speaker on the issues of homosexuality, the sexualization of our nation, sex education and pornography.
The information she has compiled is accurate, but she does not “mince words.” It is sometimes difficult to read, but you and your representatives are in a position of authority and influence, and so it is with extreme discretion that I urge you to review this graphic, but essential, information.
On My Honor Website – Excellent Background, and Video including a representative from Canada that explains what has happened to scouting in Canada!
Please review this information before you cast your vote. Be sure you are casting an informed vote. The media most frequently doesn’t get it right, and it is likely that you have been misled.
These links are from the www.OnMyHonor.net website. They include the video of the Scout Sunday event that Family Research Council held earlier this month. This information will give you and our representatives a more balanced perspective.
“The Boy Scouts’ Ill-Considered Proposal to Revise Its Membership Policy on Homosexuals,” by Ed Weland, attorney and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Please note this confusing information posted on a Seattle health website. It assumes no judgment based on same-gender attraction, although the advice itself sounds benign.
Here’s a video of a lesbian activist that spoke out against marriage posted on my blog site. It’s a perspective that those of us who work tirelessly at the state legislature have witnessed first-hand.
My first encounter with this perspective was in 1977 at a UN Conference on Women (IWY) in Illinois. I was just a young mom, and I was shocked at what we saw and heard from the lesbians that were the leaders in this march for “gender equality.”
We can be compassionate and help young men turn their lives around, which we have always done. But it would be irresponsible to place other young men intentionally in harm’s way. It also puts any sponsoring organization in harm’s way legally.
It’s Greater Than the BSA
In conclusion, I hope these resources will show you and your colleagues that will vote on May 23rd that this decision is much bigger and more far-reaching than the Boy Scouts of America itself.
Your vote will send a strong message in determining which course we as a nation will pursue – whether to defend marriage and the family and the code of honor of the BSA to be morally straight, or whether to put yet another chink in the armor protecting marriage and the family, the fundamental unit of society and without which this nation – or any nation – will not be able to stand.
I have always loved that Scout Oath and Law and taught them to my sons. Perhaps a reminder is in order:
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.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
We are joining with others across the nation that are praying for you and your colleagues to be all that scouts can be, especially brave.
PS I’m Mormon. I have read reports through the wire services that are stretching the LDS Church’s stance on the proposed BSA policy change. Some imply a tacet endorsement.
If you read the words carefully, the announcement states that the LDS church appreciates the careful consideration of these difficult issues and that it supports things that will help young men build stronger character.
The LDS Church does not give its tacet endorsement of the BSA’s proposed resolution. If it did, the BSA will surely experience a drop in enrollment from LDS troops.
If my boys were still in Scouts, I would not participate if I knew that they would be in the same tent with an openly homosexual boy. When my boys were in scouts, the matter of gay leaders was addressed and a policy instituted that prohibits male adult leaders from being in the same tent with the boys.
It is illogical that the LDS Church would protect the boys in tents from homosexual adult men, but not protect them from outwardly (or privately) homosexual minor boys. Sleeping in the same tent with a homosexual boy is comparable to allowing heterosexual boys in the same tent with girls.
I grew up in the Hollywood Ward, an LDS congregation in the center of the entertainment world. As a teenager, one of my dance partners for a church dance festival was a gay young man who danced on the Andy Williams Show. We treated him as we would anyone else. He did not make an issue of it. It was unspoken. No one questioned his desire to participate. It was not like sleeping in a tent.
The LDS Church has not changed its position on the sin of homosexual behavior. It has not, and will not change its position on the divine nature of marriage between a man and a woman because every child needs a mom and a dad.
Today, the homosexual community does not seek simply to coexist and quietly go about their lives. They actively seek to overthrow the institutions of religion and marriage. They want the legalization of sinful behavior, and when they get that by overturning every little law along the way to overturning traditional marriage laws, they will legally get it in your child’s classroom and in your Boy Scout curriculum to teach your child that sin is not sin and that the First Amendment no longer applies.
That’s where I draw the line in the sand.
Confusing times we’re in. Boy Scouts of America, keep your head up, and your feet well-planted because the winds are going to continue to increase. As a mom, I’m grateful for the principles and moral character you taught my four sons.
Here is the LDS Church statement:
“Over the past several weeks BSA has undertaken the difficult task of reviewing its membership standards policy. In their own words, this undertaking has been ‘the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history.’
“While the Church has not launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain ‘among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today.’
“The current BSA proposal constructively addresses a number of important issues that have been part of the ongoing dialogue, including consistent standards for all BSA partners, recognition that Scouting exists to serve and benefit youth rather than Scout leaders, a single standard of moral purity for youth in the program, and a renewed emphasis for Scouts to honor their duty to God.
“We are grateful to BSA for their careful consideration of these issues. We appreciate the positive things contained in this current proposal that will help build and strengthen the moral character and leadership skills of youth as we work together in the future.”