This week the Boy Scouts of America announced that they are considering dropping the ban on homosexual scouts and leaders.
Let me tell you a story.
In the 80's a field-grade Army officer in our church came out of the tent. Not the closet. The tent. A Boy Scout tent. He came to the leadership of the church and we heard his horrific confession. For decades he had, as Scout leader, been seducing young boys at Scout camp outs. He was married with children himself. He was a respected leader in the church. He was a homosexual predator in secret.
What was most chilling about his confession to us was his description of how widespread this was in the Scouts at the time. There was even surreptitious collaboration among homosexual Scout leaders about which boys were most vulnerable. Crap like that makes your skin crawl. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. He was by his own confession quite successful in grooming boys fairly quickly. It is often claimed that "grooming" a boy normally takes a long time. That's true in ordinary, day-to-day life. But on campouts and extended retreats it can be done quickly because men and boys are together for long stretches of time and because the stressful challenges of the campout or retreat help to break down a boy's normal defenses, making him more vulnerable to intimate male "companionship."
This man was never caught. He could have continued to seduce young scouts for years. He was good at it. But God wouldn't let him rest. His conscience goaded him to come clean.
I vowed then and there that if the Lord blessed me with a boy, he would never be a Scout.
If I'm not mistaken, there was some sort of crackdown on this in the late 90's and early 00's. I think it was in conjunction with the pedophilia scandals in the Roman church, but I'm not sure.
So now we have the oh so wonderful news that the Boy Scouts of America may openly admit homosexual leaders and scouts some time soon. But no one has to worry because local units could continue to exclude homosexuals. Right. For how long?
The idea that local clubs will be able to make their own decisions is worse than useless. Forget about sending your boys to any kind of overnight function that includes other units. You may have all the safeguards in the world in place in your local club, but all bets are off when your boy packs up for a regional or national summer camp out.
Just think about it.
Back in 1982, I read Enrique Rueda's The Homosexual Network. At that time the homosexual "rights" movement was just a blip on the horizon. Reuda was prescient. He saw what was coming.
I plan to aggregate articles related to this topic that you may find helpful:
Matthew J. Franck – The Boy Scouts and Neuhaus' Law (First Things)