After a two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America decided unanimously to continue to ban gays from the membership and leadership ranks of the organization on Tuesday. In an explanation of the decision, the organization's active spokesman Deron Smith informed that the decision was based on support from parents and "is absolutely the best policy for the organization." The decision will likely be challenged yet again by disappointed LGBT activists who have been fighting the policy for more than a decade since the Supreme Court upheld it by a 5-4 vote in July of 2000.
Chad Griffin, who serves as President of the Human Rights Campaign, lamented the decision as a "missed opportunity of colossal proportions." Griffin further stated, "With the country moving towards inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. These adults could have taught the next generation of leaders the value of respect, yet they've chosen to teach division and intolerance."
While Mr. Griffin is certainly entitled to his own opinion, I think the most disrespectful and intolerant thing I have seen is the way homosexuals have continued to make a big deal out of an issue that was settled by the Supreme Court in 2000. Their persistence in doing such has only elevated my concern that they are not really seeking equal rights, but rather special rights. While I am not opposed to equal rights for homosexual couples as citizens of society, imposing upon the policies of a privately funded non-profit institution with strong religious emphasis such as the Boy Scouts of America is where we must draw the line.
I get the feeling that for those in the LGBT movement it's really not about serving, but rather imposing their will on any individual or organization that dares not to put their stamp of approval on the lifestyle choice of homosexuality. Non-profit privately run organizations have every right warranted to them under the freedoms of the Constitution to have whatever membership policies they feel necessary as long as those policies do not maliciously interfere with the freedoms of others. If homosexuals are so passionate about serving, I am certain there are youth organizations other than the Boy Scouts of America that do not have policies of exclusion.
The LGBT movement does not have the right to impose it's will upon the Boy Scouts of America anymore than an African-American would have the right to a position of leadership and membership in the Ku Klux Klan. Although African-Americans despise the KKK and would love to be in the position to change its disapproval of the color of their skin, I don't see or hear any of them making a big stink about it. This begs the question of what exactly the LGBT movement has in mind with their agenda. If they approve of their own sexual lifestyle choice, would they really feel the need to impose their will on others so as to browbeat them into unconditional approval?