When a boy joins the Boy Scouts he raises his hand and takes an oath to, among other things, do his duty to God and keep himself morally straight. Regardless of their genesis, everyone has base impulses which, if yielded to, result in immoral thought and behavior. Keeping morally straight means continually resisting our base temptations.
A basic principle underlying human relations is that thought and behavior can be brought under conscious control. Character and integrity are built through the process of mastering the base impulses which hold us back from the best we can be. Throughout history all major religions have considered homosexual behavior to be immoral.
In spite of the recent redefinition of homosexual behavior as a civil right, there is no logical reason this particular base impulse should be considered differently than any other. Characterizing thought and behavior in the same category as race is a fallacy. They are different sorts of things entirely. Fallacy does not stop being fallacy when it becomes fashionable.
Privileging one set of immoral thoughts and behaviors over others is unreasonable and unfair. Which others will next clamor for equal rights? If acceptance of one form of immorality is left to individual scouting units, how are we to explain to young boys that morality for this particular behavior, but not others, depends upon which unit they are in? To have any meaning, morality must have universal application.
For over a hundred years the Boy Scouts of America has been dedicated to helping boys develop moral character by gaining mastery over themselves and their base temptations. If a young man with homosexual tendencies desires this help, let him join. But don't ask the Scouts to redefine morality to oblige those who choose to define themselves by their base impulses and demand license to indulge them. Certainly those who embrace homosexuality should not be Scout leaders.
No organization can survive the abandonment of its core values. Allowing one aspect of morality to be defined and applied differently than others would lead to the fragmentation and ultimate destruction of the Boy Scouts of America.
David A. Cook