Est. May 2008

07 October, 2012

Rules Are For Other People

Looks like the Boy Scouts are about to catch hell once again about their stance on homosexuality. This time it’s over a young man who’s completed all the tasks required for elevation to Eagle Scout, except for his refusal to ‘agree to scouting's principle of 'Duty to God' and [not meeting] scouting's membership standard on sexual orientation’, according to Deron Smith, BSA spokesman.

So the boy completed all the tasks. So what? If he’s seventeen (the average age of Eagle Scouts) he’s well aware of the requirements of the BSA, which are (or at least were) repeated at every meeting in the recitation of the Boy Scout Oath:
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.
In fact, by not agreeing with the ‘duty to God’ and by being homosexual, each and every time he recited the oath he was, in fact, lying – he would not do his duty to God, he would not obey the Scout law, he would not keep himself ‘morally straight’.

And it’s not as if these are new rules: these have been in place since the Scouts began 102 years ago.

When you join any group, club, or what-have-you, you promise to abide by the group’s rules. If you disagree with some of those rules, you ought to think twice about becoming a member. If you join, and you disagree with the rules, then you’ve made yourself a liar.

Do I agree with BSA’s rules about God and homosexuality? Whether I agree with them or not is immaterial – they are BSA’s rules. If BSA decides to change them in the future, that’s their decision. If they do change them, my only question would be why they did so.

As to our potential Eagle Scout, my statement would be that you knew the rules from the beginning – don’t complain when you break them and things don’t turn out in your favor.

1 comment:

Right Truth said...

Your conclusion was the same as mine. The scout knew before he joined what the rules were. Some of these kids are pushed by their parents to join and then the parents want to sue or make news, trying to force the BSA to change. I applaud the BSA for standing firm. They are one of the few who have, most knuckle under to the LGBTQ community.

Right Truth