The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow gay boys in their membership while banning gays from being Scout leaders.
This saga illustrates a couple of things. First, religious groups have always seen themselves as running BSA. Now that they have been pushed back it will be a different organization.
Second, it illustrates how difficult it is today to have a national organization the includes some overarching ideology. That the BSA will become smaller and other competing organizations will sprout up is no different that the fracturing of churches and even political parties.
Yet, the Girl Scouts are doing well, having endorsed gay members and leaders a couple of decades ago. They are building for the future. Boy Scouts can begin to do that now.
I read today the Mormon Church has endorsed the new policy of admitting gay Scouts. Mormons provide big numbers for the Boy Scouts so it seems the policy will eventually work out for them.
It would be interesting if BSA would conduct a survey of recent Eagle Scouts. I would guess young men themselves would have fewer problems with the new policy than parents and conservative clergy.
The religious right has conducted boycotts and threatened boycotts of many businesses and groups dozens of times in the past couple of decades. Perhaps there were a few successes, but mostly there were failures.
BSA needs to go bravely into a secular future. The Girl Scouts are already there.