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So much for the Scout Oath- if you're an orthodox Christian or a traditional Jew or Muslim

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.

I was a scout. I belonged to a troop sponsored by my church. Now, only churches which have apostatized on the matter of sexual ethics will sponsor Boy Scout troops, as a practical matter.

Since the new policy espoused by the Boy Scouts of America leaves the decision as to whether openly gay scout leaders will be permitted up to local councils, some few may hold out for a time- under intense pressure. Ultimately, they will cave in to that pressure. Even now, they certainly ought to see the handwriting on the wall.

Hey. There are still congregations within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which confess the historic Christian faith; a bizarre provision in the ELCA decision to "unsin" homosexuality guarantees them the right of dissent- even while making themselves publicly complicit in their church body's departure from historic Christianity by the very act of remaining a part of it. For a while. They, too, will melt under the pressure eventually. And only the willfully naïve can fail to see the handwriting on the wall even now.

Same with the Scouts.

The Scouts held out bravely for years amid intense pressure from the "progressive' totalitarians. Let's not forget that as we mourn the death of an institution that now stands for the exact opposite of what so many generations of Scouts and Scouters joined it precisely because it espoused.

Any way you slice it, promiscuity isn't "morally straight." And neither is a lifestyle built upon it.


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