The Boy Scouts of America needs more time to determine if rejecting the Bible is consistent with being “morally straight,” but parents won’t need to wait that long to determine if they should be trusted with their children.
After a flurry of emails, petitions and phone calls inundated the national scouting headquarters ‘for’ and ‘against’ changing a policy to open the door to open homosexuals, the group’s National Executive Board concluded they need three more months to consider the matter because of the “complexity” of the issue. The group plans to make its final decision when it meets this May.
FPN President Joe Glover responded to the announcement with the following media advisory:
Glover said, “The Bible couldn’t be more clear about the sinfulness of homosexuality. It’s an issue that doesn’t require even a moment to deliberate – – much less three months.”
He added, “Parents should only place their children in the hands of Godly caretakers who readily accept God’s definition of what it means to be ‘morally straight.’ Unfortunately, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America no longer meet that standard.”
The Boy Scouts of America’s full statement is as follows:
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing it’s youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.
After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.
To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will take action on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013.