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.
Oath of the Boy Scouts of America
Morally straight? By whose set of morals?
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently announced - notwithstanding a Supreme Court decision that allowed it to exclude homosexuals from being scouts or serving as scout masters, and the fact that just seven months ago it affirmed its policy to continue this practice - that it was considering ending such a ban. This new policy, however, would allow "sponsoring entities" to choose to continue to ban homosexuals from the membership and guidance of the BSA. Thus, a scout troop sponsored by Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church can maintain the old policy, while one sponsored by a local Unitarian church could allow homosexual scouts and scout masters. According to the BSA, this new policy would allow parents "to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families." If adopted.
About 50 local United Way groups and several corporations and charities have concluded that the ban violates their non-discrimination requirements and have ceased providing financial aid to the Boy Scouts. An official of The Human Rights Campaign, an advocate for gay rights, said HRC planned to downgrade its non-discrimination ratings for corporations that continue to give the BSA financial support.
Ah, so a policy that seven months ago the BSA said was the "best policy for the organization" gets sold out. Interesting, though - in southeastern Michigan, home to the city of Dearborn that has the second densest Muslim population outside of the Middle East (first place going to Paris, France), United Way sponsored the Ramadan Fight Against Hunger alongside the Michigan Muslim Community Council. Islam is not known to be a "gay-friendly" faith, and something tells me the masjids of Dearborn would not be sponsoring a scout troop with a gay leader.
So what will happen if they adopt this policy? It may be that many of the traditional sponsoring entities - churches and temples - drop the BSA. And it becomes a shell of its former self.
Which maybe what some people - those who wish to neutralize gender - want.
By the way, for the record, I don't think any woman - straight or gay - should be a den mother. The Boy Scouts of America should be where boys learn to be men. Probably the one thing lacking in many boys' lives are decent male role models.