I never thought it possible Boy Scouts of America would thumb its nose at the Mormon Church, Southern Baptist Convention and Catholic Church of America. I understood the Boy Scout prohibition against gay scouts and scout leaders was due to the large number of troops sponsored by these three branches of Christianity.
I was wrong. Boy Scouts of America is about to proclaim it has no organization-wide policy on sexual orientation, local troops can adopt any policy they wish. This is all the more surprising when we recall BSA won a court case a few years ago allowing them to discriminate.
In retrospect, one can see how difficult it would be for Boy Scout officials to face this question from parents, “Our school teaches my boy to be tolerant of others who are different. We teach him the same thing at home. Why would I put him in an organization that teaches something entirely different?”
I can imagine there will be financial threats to Boy Scouts of America by some branches of the faith. A Southern Baptist official made such a threat today. These are the same threats breakaway groups made in denominations like the Presbyterians and Lutherans.
The moral and religious case for allowing gay pastors was so powerful these denominations had to simply take the hit and move on. The old bigoted position had no light at the end of the tunnel.
Boy Scouts of America must have seen no future as a bigoted organization.