Inside the Boy Scout battle to repeal the gay ban

Perkins’ created a “Stand with Scouts Sunday,” an online simulcast for churches that aired on May 5, featuring Texas governor Rick Perry, who is an Eagle Scout. “The fact is this is a private organization, their values and principles have worked for a century now, and for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up because it just happens to be the flavor of the month, so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that has served millions of young men…that is just not appropriate, and I frankly hope the American people will stand up and say, ‘Not on my watch,’” says Perry.

The arguments to keep the current membership policy strive to combat changing cultural attitudes about marriage in America today. One pastor in the “Stand with Scouts” webcast, Robert Hall of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho in New Mexico, made the FRC case clear. “Today many people do not want to hear the truth about the choices they make which are eating away at their lives,” he says, comparing speaking out against the gay lifestyle with telling his ungrateful neighbor that termites were eroding his new house. “They are not happy when we point out the resulting cultural trends which are undermining the foundations of our nation and threatening our children.”

Another scout in the webcast raised concerns that accepting gay scouts would increase unwanted gay sexual activity in scout programs. “On a campout, you are in a tent and it is closed off to the outside world,” he said. “Me, at 11 or 12, having my buddy come on to me, I wouldn’t have known what to do at that age, especially if it were an older scout who I look up to.” Another Eagle Scout argued that a scout must be “clean,” according to scout law, and “Homosexual acts are not considered clean.” A mother, who homeschools her 13 children, six of whom are Eagle Scouts, explained, “I wouldn’t be comfortable with my girls having a campout with a straight male, so I also would not be comfortable with my boys having homosexuals watching over them, because I do not know what is going to happen at that point.”