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Killing the Boy Scouts Portends Much Worse

Rod Thomson

While everyone was watching the wild histrionics of 109 people being delayed entry into the country for a day or two last weekend, something of much larger and darker import happened.

The Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgenders to join, thereby lodging another nail in its own coffin. The mother of an 8-year-old New Jersey girl, who now is identifying as a boy, filed a civil rights complaint after her daughter/son was kicked out for being a girl. A mere week later the Scouts caved. A once great organization now riven by craven political correctness and bullied into submission by the powerful LGBTQ activist community is being relegated to history.

Homosexual boys were allowed to be Scouts in 2013. Scout leaders can be homosexuals as of 2015. And now in 2017 children can join based on whatever gender identity they are choosing when they sign up — not what they were “assigned” at birth (you know, by having a penis or vagina.)

This means a child born a girl, but choosing to identify as a boy, can join the Boy Scouts. To be clear — because clarity is difficult to come by in this moral morass — she’s a girl. I can identify as a young black slave woman living in 1760. But I’m still a middle age white male living in 2017. Reality does not change because we identify it differently. Reality remains reality.

Except apparently in our inside out, upside down culture of post-modernity, where reality is what we choose to call it, or not call it. Your call.


The destruction train

Yes, it’s all quite insane. But it is also deeply destructive, something few people want to say out loud. It’s destructive of the individual — no reasonable person should think it is healthy for parents to allow or even encourage a confused 8-year-old girl into being a boy, or vice-versa. It’s destructive to an organization by utterly changing its nature and character. And it’s destructive to the nation by forcing citizens into dangerous and uncomfortable positions to appease the tiniest of gender-confused minorities.

And this train of destruction is bearing down on the Church.

Make no mistake. The church — not the mosque or the synagogue — is coming into the crosshairs of the LGBTQ activists. Well-heeled and politically connected LGBT activists have won every single cultural war they have started. Occasionally, they are set back in a battle temporarily. But eventually, and usually sooner than later, they get everything they want. Just consider the speed at which we arrived at accepting gay marriage. Even Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama did not accept it (publicly) 10 years ago.

Christian parents were a disproportionately large percentage of the Boy Scouts. The year after caving into the LGBTQ demand for gay Scout masters, Boy Scout membership dropped 7 percent. But Cub Scout membership, the feeder band for the Boy Scouts, dropped 14 percent. That’s a pretty sharp decline over just a few months.


Fighting back

Meanwhile, Trail Life USA, an overtly Christian alternative to the decaying Boy Scouts, saw its membership go from 0 to 20,000 in its first two years, with chapters in 48 states. The next year, it grew by 10,000 more. A high percentage appears to be former Scouts, or those who would have joined the Scouts. This trend will continue and the Boy Scouts will slowly die out or become some perverse rump organization of what they used to be.

With this standard of virtue, morality and traditional manhood now shriveling up in the dustbin of history, with marriage now redefined and undermined, and with schools and public places being forced to allow men into girls bathrooms and locker rooms, there remains one big fat target yet to be attacked head on: The Christian Church.

Some of the old mainstream denominations that have become more clubs in many respects than anything resembling a biblical church, will be the first to go. They are the low-hanging targets for the transgender part of LGBTQ. Sadly, many of these are only tangentially tethered to Christianity through historical tradition, not through any notions of Christ-centered faith. Some are already ordaining gays as priests and ministers and it shows as their membership continues to decline — just like the Boy Scouts. Destruction.

The real targets will be Evangelicals and Catholics, the backbone of Christianity in the nation. Be ready, brethren. Be prepared to give a defense. Stand firm all. Because they are indeed coming for you.

For us.

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5 replies on “Killing the Boy Scouts Portends Much Worse”

Interesting thoughts, and I agree with you regarding the transgender thing and Boy Scouts – but your view of Christianity is a bit lopsided. Evangelicals greatly underestimate the more moderate mainstream Christian community, and several of those denominations have openly gay members in congregations and clergy (see specifically the Congregationalist/UCC and American Episcopalian – both enormous, influential and stable organizations). Before you panic and assume it’s the end of the world as you know it… I am 55 years old, and was raised Congregationalist. I am conservative, straight, white, and support and love my LGBT brothers and sisters, as I was taught to all those years ago as a child. Yes, it works, and it’s Christian.

I should add…. the Congregational church allowed gays as members back in the 1970s. The first denomination to do it. So for literally half a century, people who are openly gay have practiced Christianity alongside the rest of us, and nothing exploded. They welcomed gays into the clergy soon after (1980s?) and I have attended many a wonderful service/sermon given by a gay member of clergy.

Hi Susan. Thank you for your comments. I hear what you are saying. As to loving them all, absolutely! I do. I worked with many gays in my decades in newspapers. And most did not reflect the aggressive political/cultural agenda of the activist leadership referenced in this article.

But loving them does not mean condoning the sin. And if you believe the Bible, the New Testament strongly condemns homosexuality in three places as among the worse sins. The only way to accept it as not a problem for a Christian, is to not accept the Bible as God’s authority on right and wrong. The same goes for a thief and an adulterer and the other well-defined sins. We can’t accept thievery as an acceptable lifestyle. The (biblical) Christian faith entails repentance of sins, without which there is no remission of sin.

You say “nothing exploded” but I would point you to the data: In 1965, the United Church of Christ (Congregationalist) had 2,070,413 members. After 45 years of moving away from the Bible (of which homosexuality is a big one) it was down to 1,058,423 members in 2010. Half of what it was. ( (If you mean a different Congregationalist church, apologies. Just please look into their long-term membership numbers.)

This is the same trend in the rest of the “liberalizing” churches. The Episcopal Church’s membership in 2015 was down 20 percent from just 10 years earlier. ( There is a laundry list here….

The Southern Baptists, on the other hand, tend to follow the Bible more closely. (I am not a member.) Their growth has been just the opposite, from 10.7 million in 1965 to 16.1 million in 2010. ( General non-denominational churches that operate on the Bible now have about 12 million members, the highest ever.

I think this points to a strong conclusion: Without the Bible, the church cannot meet the needs and desires of the hearts of man. It can function as an organization for a long time, and even do good things, but not be Jesus Christ to the world.

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