I was a Boy Scout. My son was a Boy Scout. My grandsons, if I’m blessed with any, will not be Boy Scouts. Because the organization won’t exist then.
From the comment section at the Vox Popoli blog:
By Mister Excitement…The adult leadership actively betrayed the Scouts. The President of the Scouts that did the final surrender to this madness was none other than a member of the Bush Administration, Robert Gates.
The Boy Scouts allowed this man to become its President knowing what he had done as SECDEF.
“Gates announced in February 2010 that the Defense department would lift its ban on women serving on submarines. Gates also prepared the
armed forces for the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy. Since the repeal in 2010, homosexuals are able to serve in the military openly. In service of that goal, he announced in late March 2010 the approval of new regulations that would make it more difficult to kick gays out of the military. Gates called the guideline changes, which went into effect immediately, a matter of “common sense and common decency” that would be “an important improvement” allowing the Pentagon to apply current law in “a fairer and more appropriate”
“On May 21, 2015, Gates stated that the “status quo [ban on gay adult leaders] in [the BSA] movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained” and that he would no longer seek to revoke the charters of scout units that accept gay adult leaders.”
By The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey…
Ironically the main driver to all of their woes is money. That was always the lever used. The fight over the gays was driven by CEOs (including Rex Tillerson prominently) who threatened to withhold corporate contributions unless the scouts caved on the secular, progressive agenda. This was always, always cited as the strongest and most decisive explanation for why things ‘had to be done’.
Going to SCOTUS repeatedly and winning was not enough. Standing up against all the social pressure from the left was too hard, especially given the lure of all that money.
So they took the money and for what? Now they are looking at bankruptcy. Sad and foolish. Everybody in scouting leadership knew the wrong moves were made and many loudly said so and many picked up and left over it. They can’t say they didn’t know they were making a deal with the devil.