Boy Scouts announce initiative to keep gays out of scouting

Published On: Mar 23 2013 12:44:00 PM EDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Today, parents, Scoutmasters, Eagle Scouts and other Scouting leaders from across the country announced the launch of OnMyHonor.Net for concerned BSA members.

Officials said a coalition of concerned Boy Scouts of America members who affirm scouting’s values will work to keep open homosexuality out of the Boy Scouts.

The announcement coincided with the Central Florida Council’s Town Hall Meeting in Orlando, FL which was attended by BSA CEO Wayne Brock and National Commissioner Tico Perez, officials said.
 
Representatives from thirteen different states including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Utah attended the launch and gave brief statements of disagreement with a membership policy which would inject sex and politics into the program, officials said.
 
“The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture,” said John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and Founder of OnMyHonor.Net. “We support the current policy of Scouting, which is backed by over 100 years of tradition and allows anyone to participate irrespective of sexual orientation, only disallowing the open and aggressive promotion of homosexuality and political agendas. When it comes to young boys, parents have the final say on the issues of sex and politics.”
 
“What kind of a message are we sending to our young people if the very leaders who are teaching Boy Scouts to be brave, cannot even find the courage to stand firm and avoid caving to peer pressure from Hollywood and political activists?: said Former U.S. Congressman Dick Schulze from Pennsylvania.
 
The Boy Scouts of America lawyers are expected to draft a resolution to be released on April 22 to be voted on by the national council in May, officials said.


Officials said this resolution will be drafted as to whether or not to allow open homosexuality in the Boy Scout program.



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