Friday, May 31, 2013

GSA & BSA merging ideals, deteriorating morals

The Girl Scouts of America (GSA) is involved with WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). Here's an excerpt from an article linking the groups:

In May 2013, WAGGGS participated in Women Deliver, a global conference with the purpose of “call[ing] for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.”
The conference featured speakers such as late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, philosopher Peter Singer, who supports infanticide and euthanasia, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Some of the breakout sessions were entitled “Outing and Addressing Abortion Stigma” and “Why I Perform Abortions.” Exhibitors included many abortion and population control advocates such as Amnesty International, Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, United Nations Population Fund, and WAGGGS.

Image from BSA 1911 Handbook -- indicating current moral compass?

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has recently changed their membership standards to allow openly gay youth in their ranks. Here's an excerpt from their press release:
Today, following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting's history the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America's National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.
In truth, these two groups are moving closer to the same level of moral equivalence, consistently lowering their moral standards. The GSA is decades ahead of BSA in compromising their principles; whereas BSA is just beginning this posturing to try to appease threats to their existence.

The notion of appeasement, however, can often backfire, as was the case in California yesterday when the legislature voted to strip the BSA of their non-profit status.

Could this have been what caused the BSA to quickly change their membership standards: posturing to keep their non-profit status?

Not surprisingly, BSA was confronted with a stark reality -- appeasement is never enough. "Give an drop of blood -- be squeezed for every ounce" is the blow back they are receiving.

If this is where the BSA stands in the wake of their decision to soften their standards, they may as well just merge their organization with GSA and allow girls in their ranks (they already do in Venturing Scouting), teach sexual awareness (they've been doing this for years, back to the BSA handbook from 1910  -- link is to the 1911 edition) and end the wonder as to whether they will continue to erode their standards -- which apparently have been eroding for decades, just not as quickly or as overtly as GSA.

Just give them what they want BSA -- Your Organization! And, now that you've opened the floodgates to its destruction, you will begin to see the level of devastation rise and eventually wash away the BSA as it was intended to be.

What you were trying to teach all these years about the "natural" aspect of sexuality and becoming a robust man is gone.

Now, the question is: What will the Catholic Church do when the new membership standard rule takes effect? Right now, the Committee on Scouting is studying the situation, which to many seems to like inaction.

We'll just have to wait and see.

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