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Dear Friends,

As the father of two Boy Scouts, I was grateful for this week's announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that they would retain their ban on homosexuals from serving in leadership.

This isn't about hate, intolerance, or bigotry. It is about:

** Protecting boys from predation. Historically, many thousands of boys were sexually abused while in Scouts. Not all homosexuals are predators - but all but a small number of the predators who have molested boys and young men in Scouting have been homosexual. All parents want their children protected from sexual assault, which is why the prohibition on homosexuals in Scouting helps prevent the participation of men who would take advantage of trusting young boys.

** Fiscal sanity. The BSA has paid-out tens of millions of dollars to boys who have been abused and to their families. Perhaps the advocates of homosexuality within Boy Scouts will offer to pay the organization's massive litigation insurance premiums; so far, I've not heard such an offer made.

** A private organization upholding the moral standards on which it was founded. To this day, every Boy's Life magazine features a Bible story, and biblical values of loyalty, honor, truthfulness, etc. are celebrated as Scout norms. The Scout promises to do his best to do his duty "to God and my country." That moral foundation is why, in 2004, the Scouts' National Council issued this statement: "Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed." Moreover, 70 percent of Scout troops are chartered by religious institutions, the majority of which teach that non-marital sexual intimacy is immoral. Are those who would open Scouts to homosexuality prepared to see hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of boys lose their troops because the churches and synagogues that sponsor them will not accept homosexuals in Scouting leadership?

The final line of the Scout Law is an affirmation of a Scout's obligation to be "reverent." The leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has affirmed its commitment to revere God and protect boys over the demands of the secular elite and homosexual activists. May the God of the Bible bless them for it.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Listen to FRC President Tony Perkins' interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Scouts' decision here.

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