The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of assimilation and political divisions that grow wider by the day.
It's now the
The organization, which began in 1910 to, according to its website, "...train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance" so they become honest men, worthy of admiration and respect, is now in danger of dissolving because of lawsuits filed alleging scouts were sexually abused.
In response to the suits,
"We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting." Yes, they do, but what about their "moral responsibility" to keep sexual predators out of scouting so that boys won't be harmed in the first place?
The Scout oath says "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."
What does this mean in our anything goes culture? On my honor? In today's twisted thinking, how should honor be defined and by whom? Duty to G od? What about the atheist? What does "best" mean and doesn't that discriminate against boys who can't live up to such a standard? Physically strong? Doesn't that mean that the physically weak might feel excluded? And then we have the most offensive of all, at least by ever-shifting standards of what constitutes morality. Scouts are to be "morally straight."
According to whose morals? And what does "straight" mean? To certain activists, it could sound like an anti-gay slur.
But this is not a gay issue, this is a criminal issue. This is about sexual predators taking advantage of lax leadership and mutable organizational guidelines that make it easy for them to gain access to vulnerable children.
Some of the alleged abuses go back to the '60s, according to
Some scouts and scoutmasters have announced they are leaving or have already left the scouting program and have either aligned themselves with church programs or abandoned scouting altogether. If the
The last time I checked, a "tolerance" badge was not one of the awards