Saturday, July 18, 2015

Look what I found!

A year or two ago, when the Boy Scouts of America made its first capitulation with regards to sodomy in the ranks, I thought it was time to get rid of my little trinkets. But I was too busy to dig through my boyhood boxes for them at the time. However, the most recent capitulation for sodomy in leadership happened to coincide with a thorough cleaning of our storeroom, and I came across it timely:

Because I see no reason to wait until the BSA's final capitulation (that's the one where "morally straight" is taken out of the oath because it is homophobic, and all troops are required to accept sodomites), I packed it up today, with this letter:

July 17, 2015

Wayne Brock
Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015

Mr. Brock,
Please find enclosed the Eagle Scout medal and certificate that I earned in 1984.  I am also returning my Ad Altare Dei emblem, because it would seem rather a farce to keep a religious medal earned in the BSA at this point.

I have been concerned for some time as the BSA has drifted along the wave of political correctness and replaced its traditional values with modern ones, just as the Girl Scouts had done in the 1980s and 1990s.  A couple of years ago, I declined to enroll my own boys in a local troop, because I was uncomfortable with the alterations in the BSA’s orientation since my own boyhood, and I feared that BSA was about to go through more disturbing changes.  Sadly, the organization’s two recent capitulations regarding homosexuals have validated those concerns.  

Your organization has fallen into the hands of cowardly or corrupt men (or men who are both).  I no longer wish to be associated with it, nor do I have any use for its trinkets.   If you keep a central registry of Eagle Scouts, do my strike name from it (earned in Troop 88, Llano Estacado Council, Amarillo, Texas, June 20, 1984, #562).  If I’m still on the rolls of the National Eagle Scout Association, do strike my name from that list as well.  They say “once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.”  It will not be so in my case.

I feel fairly certain that Lord Baden-Powell, despite his own Victorian tendency towards the political correctness of his day, would condemn the BSA more strongly than I do.



cc:        Scoutmaster, Troop 88
c/o Knights of Columbus Council #4621


Brooke said...

I'm glad you still kept them! I used to be a member as well. I came across your blog looking for some old scout sayings to see if there where any blogs that had some. Found some good slogans about scouting I can share with you: Boy Scout Slogans

Anonymous said...

Well, notch up a win for ancient ignorance.

I don't recall Jesus saying "Love your neighbor, except..."
I do remember the Boy Scouts giving me a sense of teamwork, a spirit of international cooperation, and helping each other through life.

When Constantine sponsored the church and encouraged thousands of the learned believers from all over the known world to hash out their differences and agree on a single catholic system of belief, he was being quite super-progressive. Then Theodosius effectively outlawed 1000 other gods and replaced them with Yahweh and Jesus (under penalty of death) from Britain to Spain, to Turkey to Libya). Hence, over 1600 years, Christianity became the default white guy religion, all the other gods having been forgotten.

The medals you earned attested to you being one of the best young men in America. But it appears that the very fundamental precepts of Jesus (and Madison and Jefferson) were not included in your training.

--Mike Greene