Many of us have been involved with Boy Scouts. It is sad to see this great organization falling into dogma not good for it’s boys nor their country. The most disappointing is the prohibition of gay parents from leadership rolls in the organization. It also has a requirement for a belief in “god”.
These and other issues would not be so bad were it not the organization bills itself mostly as secular. It is not a secular organization, but a religious one.
Some say its anti gay position is only temporary–when it is apparent the views are out of the mainstream, it will change. This is unlikely.
The reason it is unlikely is money. I’ve read the largest source of money for Boy Scouts of America are fundamentalist churches. One would surmise Boy Scout views will be like those of fundamentalists. Indeed, they are.
To be “morally upright” as Boy Scouts are supposed to be, it seems like honesty would be high on the list. If Boy Scouts of America were not honest it would state clearly, “We are a religious organization.
So much it good about the Boy Scouts, it is disappointing to see it espouse prejudice and religious dogma. Projects, merit badges and the rest of the program have obviously stood the test of time.
The Boy Scout program could be every bit as successful without social and religious indoctrination. It would also project honesty from an organization which always claimed it as a central tenet.