Friday, May 24, 2013

American Heritage Girls dumps Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America issued a statement declaring their change in membership standards allowing openly homosexual youth of scouting age to join their ranks. That's right, I said "homosexual youth". Dear Lord -- young boys should be camping, hiking, fishing, playing baseball, jumping in mud puddles -- not declaring their sexual orientation. The BSA has nothing to do with the sexual orientation or discovery thereof.

 Recently, the American Heritage Girls entered into an agreement of mutual support with BSA. Yet, in a singular act of valor, they issued a statement of their own today:


Memorandum of Mutual Support - Dissolution Statement
It was with great disappointment that American Heritage Girls, Inc.Board of Trustees received the news of the change to the Boy Scouts of America’s membership standards. It was our sincerest hope the voice of the majority of those associated with the BSA would be heard and that the BSA would continue the amazing 103 year legacy of its founder to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices.
Unfortunately, the organization chose to step away from that commitment. As a result of leaving its time-honored traditions, the BSA has left American Heritage Girls with no choice but to dissolve our Memorandum of Mutual Support. We do so with a heavy heart. We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with BSA through the years. However, the American Heritage Girls Board of Trustees has decided that we cannot in good conscience continue in a formal relationship with the BSA. 
As an independent, faith-based leadership and character development organization, we want everyone associated with the American Heritage Girls to know that our board members unanimously affirm the AHG Statement of Faith and its Scriptural foundation,and we are committed to continue providing a safe environment for every girl involved.

I am proud to have served in the leadership of this group and that my girls have been members for the past two years! Perhaps there will soon be an American Heritage Boys that will represent Christian values, have the wisdom to let children be children and leave the issue of sexuality to be addressed by their parents -- the primary educators of their children. ( cf. CCC 2223)

9 comments:

Bookmark said...

We agree and we thank you and the Am. Heritage Girls organization.

Annie Shaw said...

I came across this website, which is sponsored by AHG. Just thought I would pass it along, in hopes that more families will join in the process of creating a great club for the future men of America! http://faithbasedboys.org/

Anonymous said...

AMerican Heritage Girls has done the right thing.
God is good, all the time.
Love the Sinner, hate the sin.

Anonymous said...

My daughter is an AHG member and we are actually disappointed by the AHG decision regarding the Boy Scouts and are considering pulling her out.

If you accept the teachings of the Catholic church, which the author of this article does, then you must also accept the Church's teaching on homosexuality CCC 2357-2359. As suggested by the "Love the Sinner, hate the sin" post, the CCC indicates that homosexuals (and single heterosexuals for that matter CCC2396) can be in a state of Divine Grace if they lead a life of chastity (i.e. do not act on their sexual urges). The BSA decision is quite consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church. If you accept the doctrine of the Catholic church, as this author does in the article, then you must accept the decision by the BSA. Anything else would be contradictory.

Kathy said...

Thanks for the comment. We are talking about children, youth, correct? We are discussing their "open sexuality", correct? I don't want my daughters, or sons for that matter, to be openly discussing what type of sex they would like to have, ever, with anybody, in a youth oriented social group. That conversation rests within the family and has no bearing whatsoever on what they do in extracurricular activities. Love the sinner, hate the sin, yes -- and don't encourage anyone to be discussing it "openly". How about they go fishing? -- AHG GOT IT RIGHT -- BOY SCOUTS, not so much. I'd reconsider your decision to leave.

Anonymous said...

I have been whatching this development and communicating for some time now. Even sent letters, to no avail. Recently received contribution request and sent letter of declination with reasons and this article.
I am in full agreement and proud of AHGfor its firm stance. I print and hand out flyers to cookie sale leaders in hpes they mayappreciate the opportunity to get on the right path.
I can only hope the Bsa sees the light or that an AHB is formed to provide us all an alternative path. I shall present this info to many in that hope.
May God Bless you!
Vivat Jesus
Paul Hohman

Anonymous said...

In answer to many who dissent and feel BSA is in sync with Catholic teachings. The key word here is "openly," which seems to indicate active participation and acceptance. Other wise, why be "open" about it? Previously, no boys were refused if they simply dealt with it between themselves, their confessor and God. It's that "open" part that begs question!
Discern

Anonymous said...

We are not Catholic, nor would we allow any of our children to practice the faith for various reasons, ONE of which is the below quote:

"If you accept the teachings of the Catholic church, which the author of this article does, then you must also accept the Church's teaching on homosexuality CCC 2357-2359. As suggested by the "Love the Sinner, hate the sin" post, the CCC indicates that homosexuals (and single heterosexuals for that matter CCC2396) can be in a state of Divine Grace if they lead a life of chastity (i.e. do not act on their sexual urges). The BSA decision is quite consistent with the teachings of the Catholic church. If you accept the doctrine of the Catholic church, as this author does in the article, then you must accept the decision by the BSA. Anything else would be contradictory."

First off, YES, Christians are taught to love the sinner, hate the sin. We are NOT taught to socialize with those who knowingly disrespect God's Word, in that it specifically mentions their sin as an abomination unto the Lord. They KNOW this, yet, they allow the demon of sodomy lusts to continue to rule their hearts. By allowing ourselves and most certainly, our very influential children, to socialize and accept these people as they are, as long as they "keep quiet" about the their lust for their fellow little girl friend or boy friend, we are aiding and abetting satan. All it takes is the planting of ONE SEED. All it takes is for your young son or daughter to "entertain the thought" of what little Billy or little Betty does and the seed is planted. THINK ABOUT IT! All it takes is one thought (seed) about what it would be like and why is it so bad? How do you explain to your children, who have been allowed to form a close friendship with a sodomite over their years, that their friend is not walking with the Lord because of their sexual orientation? Your child will instantly turn against you and for good reason! Parents would be better off protecting your child's heart and SOUL from such influences. Loving the sinner does NOT mean walking lockstep with them. It is not up to our innocent children to redeem the sodomites - it is more likely that our innocent children will, instead, be influenced to take that same path. Sodomy is a SEED which has been planted and allowed to grow.

Secondly, Divine Grace through a state of chastity for homosexuals is not possible because it is what is IN YOUR HEART AND YOUR MIND that matters. All that is evil within our minds and our hearts is what we must daily (even hourly for some of us) ask God's forgiveness for. Homosexuals do not see themselves as living in sin, though they are! So how could God possibly forgive someone of a sin so grievous to Him that He refers to it as an "abomination" when the person themselves do not acknowledge and ASK GOD for forgiveness? He can only forgive IF we ask.

If someone you KNEW was evil came to your door and asked if your daughter could come out and play, would you allow it? Is that evil person not just as lost as a sodomite? Would you hesitate to allow your innocent little girl to go out and play with that evil person? Why? What about a girl down the street who is practices satanism? Would you allow your daughter to play with her? It's the same thing!

God CANNOT abide in the presence of sin, CANNOT. And a homosexual, through their thoughts and their deviancy, live in sin. This is why we must constantly ask forgiveness, so that we can commune with our Lord and Saviour.

Incidentally, our family does not claim ANY religion - for they are born of mankind and mankind is inherently evil. Thus, any religion can be manipulated to accommodate satan's plan. We study the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us.
(P.S., No, I don't expect this comment to be allowed to remain on the site.)

Anonymous said...

Ok - had to take the gloves off on this one even though it is old....

'First off, YES, Christians are taught to love the sinner, hate the sin. We are NOT taught to socialize with those who knowingly disrespect God's Word, in that it specifically mentions their sin as an abomination unto the Lord. '

So, if you do not socialize with those who may be gay, then how to you ever get them to love and respect the word of God or come to Christ? Do you go do bagged lunches for those who are homeless? If so - do you give them to the homeless knowing that they are guilty of the sin of Gluttony? Too many drugs, too much alcohol, addicted to sex? So just what are you saying here - all sins are OK in Gods eyes except homosexuality? What about the sex addict?

"Secondly, Divine Grace through a state of chastity for homosexuals is not possible because it is what is IN YOUR HEART AND YOUR MIND that matters. "

So you are saying that in the heart and mind of a homosexual, he or she can not be actively seeking and understanding God's love? But because he or she is a homosexual that they are already damned because they are? This in my mind is hypocritical - as no one knows what is in the heart and mind of a person but the person and God.

So basically, you are really saying "All of the other since are A-OK, but Homosexuals who seek Christ are still guilty and should be cast out."

What does God Say?

Matthew 7 1-2 says it perfectly

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

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