I am in my late 70s, but I still remember the Scout motto and oath. Because of the traditions of scouting, sixty-plus years ago my parents trusted my scoutmaster to watch out for me and would allow me to go on special hikes and outings and even go to my scoutmaster's house for help on a merit badge. The thought that my scoutmaster might molest me or teach me some homosexual philosophy never entered their minds.
Today as I read the news, I briefly wondered why the top leaders of the Boy Scouts decided to delay a decision on whether or not to allow active gay men (and boys) to participate in the program of Scouting. Then I remembered the Scout motto: "A Scout is: Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."
The reason for the delay is that these men are trustworthy and try to practice all of the principles in the Scout motto. They want to hear from the main body of the Scouting organization before a decision is reached.
If the vote is to include gays in the program, I suppose the next step is to remove "God" from the Scout oath. Perhaps this is how the liberals in this country would like it to read: "On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to (the leaders of this country), and to obey (the presidents wishes), to keep myself physically fit, mentally awake and to (ignore all moral teachings)."
If the gays, lesbians and liberals are so envious of the Scouting program, why don't they form their own gay/lesbian scouting program and allow the children of ordinary male and female parents learn how to grow up as moral and trustworthy citizens?
Why do they always attack and wish to infiltrate the clean, upstanding organizations that help promote the principles found in the Scouting Motto and the organization that helps develop future leaders for our country?
Gary L. Jones