A group of 42 prominent religious organizations is sending a message to the national leaders of the Boy Scouts that any change to the organization’s sexual orientation rules would be a “grave mistake.”
The group is taking out a major national advertising buy tomorrow denouncing the Scouts’ decision to consider changing their longstanding policy prohibiting openly gay Scout leaders or Scouts.
“To the Boy Scouts of America: Show courage,” reads a copy of the ad obtained by Fox News. “Stand firm for timeless values.”
That decision is expected to be finalized Wednesday after years of attacks from gay rights advocates and tremendous financial pressure from corporate sponsors who have withheld funding.
“How will parents be able to entrust their children to the Boy Scouts if they trade the well-being of the boys for corporate dollars,” the group asked.
The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts’ rights to determine their own membership standards – but that hasn’t stopped opponents from putting fierce pressure on the group.
“To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach boys cowardice, not courage,” the group states in the ad. “Every parent concerned about guiding and protecting their own children should also be alarmed by the proposed change to Boy Scout policy.”
Last year, the BSA confirmed that the “vast majority of the parents” of BSA members “reserve to themselves the right to introduce and give guidance on sexual topics.”
Among those signing the document are the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council, Bott Radio Network, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, and the Media Research Center.