Monday, May 27, 2013
The Boy Scouts Changes its Admission Policies.
My thinking on the Boy Scouts change to admit boys with same sex attraction tracks that of Canonist Ed Peters. To wit, Catholicism teaches that is not licit to discriminate against those with same sex attraction and since the Boy Scouts is not endorsing homosexuality as normative, and since both homosexual and heterosexual Boy Scouts are supposed to be chaste, I don't see the admission of boys with same sex attraction as being antithetical to the Boy Scout mission of teaching moral probity.
Of course, we may suspect based on past experience - with a suspicion bordering on ontological certainty - that this is not where it is going to end. We know from past experience that the next move will be a demand to identify any teaching that heterosexual sex inside of marriage as being normative as "hateful" and "exclusive" and then the Boy Scouts will tip over into stewpot of post-modern morality.
We also know that as that tilt becomes more pronounced, the membership of the BSA will plummet even more than it has in the last 40 years.
But as Peters says, that hasn't happened yet.
Maybe it won't happen.