Not too long ago I wrote a column regarding the future of America and what type of future we were headed for. The column opened with, “A supposedly intelligent individual asserted in a discussion on morality and ethics that ‘morality is completely separate from religious principle.’”
Interestingly enough, a decision separate from religious principle that involves more than 100,000 groups and millions of members has just been made. The groups are troops in the Boy Scouts of America, which now has 2.6 million members and more than 1 million volunteers who support the program. The decision has just been made to allow publicly professing homosexuals to become Scouts.
This decision brings into the debate arena some interesting questions based in part on a portion of the Scouts oath adopted in 1911: “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 feel fairly confident most people would agree that “honor,” “helping others,” “physically strong” and “mentally awake” as taught to the boys and young men who practice scouting are universally understood. However, now that openly homosexual boys are going to be welcomed into scouting, how does one define “morally straight”?
Remember, it will now become necessary to define homosexuality. What is homosexuality? How do you define homosexuals to a 10-year-old boy? “They walk funny”? “They talk with a lisp”? “They like other boys”? (I like Johnny, he’s my best friend!) Oh, you mean they like boys the way boys like girls? Do they try to kiss them, too? (Ooooh.) Does this mean we as parents (and/or scoutmasters) will now also have to define heterosexual versus homosexual behavior to 10 to 12 year olds? Keep in mind, what they do, not what they think, is what defines a practicing/professing homosexual.
So, what exactly does it mean to be “morally straight”? Who defines moral (of/or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior) now? Does it only have to do with certain actions, and if so, who determines them? Are only “church people” moral? When does one cross a morally unacceptable line? Is there such a thing as a definitive line of right and wrong, or is that all just a matter of opinion? What about murder, lying, robbery, prostitution, stealing, disrespecting parents and elders, cheating and other immoral types of behavior? Who makes the decision as to whether or not something is immoral? Oh, I forgot, the new morality is all just a matter of opinion, right?
George Washington said, “Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education … reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” He also said in his 1796 farewell speech, “[L]et us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
We have apparently reached the stage where morality has become simply a matter based upon an opinion (personal or judicial) issued by one person, judge or commission. Fox News is reporting that a “commission is also taking heat over a controversial proposal to ban schools from enforcing gender divisions in sports teams, school organizations, bathrooms and locker rooms. It says, “[F]orcing a student into a particular room or group because of his or her biological gender amounts to discrimination.” They added, “The issue came to light last year when the commission ruled that under the Maine Human Rights Act a school had discriminated against a 12-year-old transgender boy by denying him access to the girl’s bathroom” (emphasis added).
There is more: “Because the commission suggests that people won’t be obligated to supply medical documentation that proves they are transgender… the policy also paves the way for increased sexual activity on school grounds – both consensual and nonconsensual” (emphasis added).
“Educators at the middle-school level struggle every day trying to keep student hormonal issues under control so that the focus can be on education,” he said. “We certainly don’t need to create an environment to accelerate and exacerbate the issue and further the experimentation, the inappropriate comments, inappropriate touching, groping, grabbing, sexual assaults and, in some cases, rapes in schools.”
This brings me to a couple of questions regarding homosexual Boy Scouts: Do they like boys the way boys like girls, or do they like boys the way girls like boys? If they like boys the way girls like boys, maybe they are transgendered. And if they are transgendered (girls in boys’ bodies), shouldn’t they be in the Girl Scouts? (Incidentally, doesn’t the name Boy Scouts discriminate against homosexual/transgendered “boys,” just like the name Girl Scouts discriminates against lesbians who are perhaps transgendered males?) Shouldn’t we just call them “Scouts”?
And by the way, what is the difference between a male homosexual who feels like a female (sexually) and a transgender female trapped in a male body? And shouldn’t transgendered Boy Scouts have separate restrooms? Oh I forgot, they will be in the Girl Scouts, I mean “Other Scouts.” Hey, I got it, problem solved: We’ll have “Boy” Scouts. “Girl” Scouts and “T-Gen” (transgender) Scouts.
I am sure most fathers will welcome the opportunity to explain to their 10-year-old sons and daughters why the 15-year-old transgendered “Girl/Boy Scout” looks like he/she does in the shower, or is that Mommy’s job?
Seriously? This is depravity beyond belief and cannot possibly bode well for anyone on any level. Are we not aware that this could be the beginning of the end of one of the greatest institutions in the world – the United States of America? One of the few, if not the only, organizations we have left in this country that teaches moral principles to our youth is the Scouts. And we wonder why our youth are spinning out of control. God help us all.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42, NASB).