Were it not for the demands of the militant gay wing within the progressive caucus this Boy Scouting change would be of far less significance. But… against the backdrop of recent events this change may just strike a more confrontational note.
However, that said, it seems obvious to me the storied ratcheting up of angst is just what the militant gays wants to happen. There is no way all of these recent gender orientation events in the media could be considered *coincidental…..
[*I'm actually reluctant to post these continual media presentations because it might: 1.) just devolve into an anti-gay discussion, and 2.) play right into the intents of the media scripters.]
ASSOCIATED PRESS - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications – ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.
Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded.
“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. “It’s business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.”
Some churches are dropping their sponsorship of Scout units because of the new policy and some families are switching to a new conservative alternative called Trail Life USA. But massive defections haven’t materialized and most major sponsors, including the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches, are maintaining ties.
“There hasn’t been a whole lot of fallout,” said Haddock, a lawyer from Wichita, Kan. “If a church said they wouldn’t work with us, we’d have a church right down the street say, `We’ll take the troop.'”
The new policy was approved in May, with support from 60 percent of the 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council. The vote followed bitter nationwide debate, and was accompanied by an announcement that the BSA would continue to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.
Under the new membership policy, youths can no longer be barred from the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or coed Venturers program solely on the basis of sexual orientation. However, gay Scouts will face some limitations. (continue reading)
It’s ironic that recently we were reviewing some of the Jon McNaughton artwork
McNaughton recently presented a piece of art directed toward the considerations of this outline: “Sacred Fire“
I recently painted a picture that has great meaning to a lot of people.
In 1913, the Boy Scouts of America joined together with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a partnership that has lasted for 100 years. I wanted to paint an image that for the first time reveals the relationship between Scouting and the Priesthood.
In the center is Baden Powell, the founder of the scouting movement. Around him are all the Presidents of the church in the Scout uniforms and awards they may have actually worn during those 100 years, gathered together in unity.
Each log represents the contributions of these men, as President Monson reaches out to lay his log on the fire.
It is not any ordinary fire; it illuminates, and it does not burn. The purpose of Scouting is not only to develop honorable young men, but to prepare valiant priesthood holders.
I hope you will feel the warmth of this painting and my invitation to gather around the fire; to contemplate the great purpose of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jon McNaughton a Patriotic Artist (interactive version of artwork here)