Boy Scouts Reaffirm 'Traditional Standards'

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

( - The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Wednesday morning reaffirmed its policy that homosexuals cannot serve as Scout leaders.

The BSA's national executive board said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that "an avowed homosexual cannot serve as a role model for the traditional moral values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law and that these values cannot be subject to 'local option' choices."

"The resolution that was heard at last year's annual meeting to open the leadership standards a little bit were not accepted," said Gregg Shields, spokesperson for the BSA. "The leadership standards that were in place still stand."

The BSA also reaffirmed their policy that avowed atheists would not be allowed to be Scout leaders.

According to the statement, "duty to God is not a mere ideal for those choosing to associate with Boy Scouts of America; it is an obligation, which has defined good character throughout the BSA's 92-year history."

The board referred the resolutions to the appropriate committee, which formed a diverse task force composed of chartered organization representatives to consider the resolutions.

The BSA has been the focal point of criticism from homosexual advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June of 2000 that said the BSA, a private organization, had the right to choose who they want and do not want as leaders.

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