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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 10:05 a.m. MST

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Conveniently postponing the decision until this year's Friends of Scouting drive has been completed.

Cris B.
Sandy, UT

Sadly we see from stories like Sandusky how much damage one person can do.

We need to do all we can(and even then admittedly we can't be 100% positive) that we only surround our Scouts by good examples and by morally straight(as the Scout oath says) people.

Salt Lake City, UT

Newsflash - Man delays decision on whether to continue donating to Friends of Scouting.

Layton, UT

I support this change and look forward to the day when we allow gay youth to participate, but if delaying the decision a few months helps more people get used to the idea then I'm ok with it. There are a lot of people threatening to hold their sons and out of the program over this and some churches threatening to disband their troops if this change goes through. I think this change is inevitable, but I also want to see the scouting family stay together as we move forward.

American Fork, UT

I hope they choose to change their policy, not necessarily because I agree either way, but because then the church will get out of scouting and we can have a better and more focused program for the young men.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

In the wise words of Geddy Lee "If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice".

Leesburg, VA

There always have been gays in the Boy Scouts and their leaders. What type of change are you afraid will take place when they are "officially" accepted?

We know how crazy these gay guys get when they together. I'm sure they will re-decorate the tents and for sure they will attempt to change those boring uniforms. The ned is near, the end is near.

North Richland Hills, TX

Hey Go Big Blue, although Geddy Lee sings that song Neal Pert (the drummer) actually penned it. Great song by the way.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Either way the Boy Scouts is a private organization and has the right to make the rules for membership.

Cedar Hills, UT

You know if it takes you 4 months to decide between right and wrong it is probably time to cut ties with BSA from the LDS Church's standpoint. What is there to consider over this 4 month period?? Is BSA hoping to convince the LDS church to stick with them along with their money contributions? Not gonna happen. Is BSA trying to find some fall back after the LDS church dumps them? I am not impressed. Being morally straight doesn't take 4 months to figure out. Either you are or you aren't and I suspect BSA is caving to PC and deciding that sticking to Christian ideals isn't what they want going forward. I say fine... go ahead and make that decision but it certainly doesn't take 4 months to do it. Time for the Church to DUMP BSA and do their own thing with the young men of the Church. I for one will NOT contribute or serve anymore with anything with regards to BSA regardless. How disappointing.

Cedar Hills, UT

re:Liberal Ted

You are 100% correct. BSA has the right to make their decision - so why don't they just DO IT ALREADY???? How hard is it to decide whether you want to keep the "morally straight" oath? I personally think they already know what they are going to do - allow gays- and they are trying to find some monetary way to survive after the decision. Maybe Obama will now provide a friends of scouting tax at the federal level.

Las Vegas, NV

Why do we have to bring gay to everything? What's wrong with being just scout period! When the kids get home they can do whatever they want.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Remember two of the National Board Members are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This will give the Church of Jesus Christ time to determine what their reaction will be. If the LDS leaves scouting which for many is a fore gone conclusion then the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptists and many other evangletical congregations will follow suit. That will spell the end of the Boy Scouts of America. Especially since most of the funding for the scouts comes from this 70% of scouts in this nation.

As has been stated members with same-sex attraction have already been members of scouts and earned Eagle and been leaders. This change is not about them but about those who are actually practicing homosexuality which is counted as immoral and a grievous sin before our Heavenly Father. As some lawyers have stated courts will be inundated with lawsuits forcing many of these organizations to fold or capitualate to the general feelings of society. If scouts continue to stand for morality or whether they cross the line to immorality where determine whether scouting survives in the United States.

Salt Lake City, UT

"How hard is it to decide whether you want to keep the "morally straight" "

You do realize the phrase morally straight is not a reference to sexuality right?

Mr Logic
Gilbert, AZ

The Scout Oath specifically states that a scout is "morally straight". Are they going to change the Oath also? Please know that my donations to Friends of Scouting and other Scout fundraisers will be eliminated if gay scouts are allowed.

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.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


While I agree with the scout oath including "morally straigth" was created, it is unlikely those who founded Scouting could foresee the fall or morals such that acceptance of homosexuality ever crossed their minds.

However, I'll add that its is impossible to be an active homosexual and morally straight. Its just not what nature intended.


Go Big Blue!!! said, "In the wise words of Geddy Lee "If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice"." -

Actually, Geddy Lee just sang the words. Neil Peart wrote them (and played the drums). Nevertheless, still a true and apropos comment.

Cedar Hills, UT


Is it as far as the LDS church is concerned....and the catholic church ...and every other church that sponsors BSA. Being 'mortally straight' to a godless, atheistic liberal society might mean one thing but to a Christian being morally straight DOES imply New Testament morality as taught by The Savior which has as its very core sexual purity. The Scouts can say what ever they want ...they are free to choose ... but the sponsors of scouting don't have to accept their interpretation...and they won't if the Scouts allow gays as scout masters. Pretty simple.

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT

"You do realize the phrase morally straight is not a reference to sexuality right?"

Morallity includes sexual behavior. So, by all means don't interpret the term "straight" as sexual orientation. It doesn't change the fact that "morally straight" includes sexual purity, and because the BSA is a God based organization, and because 70% of it's members belong to religious organization, we can define sexual purity as found in scripture (and for those who are LDS, as defined by modern prophets).
So, based on the principles BSA has stood for and taught for the last 100+ years, "morally straight" is in fact a reference to sexuallity and sexual behavior.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Fine, I might as well delay my donation for the result. Very simple. My simple answer here, just say NO.

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