Texas Republican Lawmakers Urge Boy Scouts To Maintain Discrimination

A group of 50 Texas Republican state lawmakers, including Congressman Kenny Marchant, have released an open letter urging the Boy Scouts of America to maintain its policy banning gay Scouts and leaders:

Scouts begin each meeting with an Oath, “to do my duty, to God and my country, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” By caving in to pressure from the social left, the national leadership would violate each of those principles.

Worse still, the contemplated national policy would throw to the wolves chartering organizations and scout troops that choose to stick with scouting’s historic and legally protected policy. Left to defend themselves from legal attacks, we fear many churches and other entities will choose to simply abandon scouting altogether — it will be the safer course, and one hastening the organization’s eventual collapse.

Rest assured that while adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might earn temporary kudos, you can never do enough to appease those who want to see the scouts robbed of their moral authority.

We urge you to be morally and physically strong. We urge you to protect all that scouting has been, and all that it can remain.

Interestingly, the letter doesn’t even include any reference to same-sex orientation. Though it conveys the belief that homosexuality is inherently immoral, the letter does manage to avoid the implication that all gays are pedophiles and a threat to children’s safety, as other conservatives have argued.


If an organization simply cannot survive without a blatant policy of discrimination, perhaps it’s not meant to. Of course, the reason Scouts themselves are calling for the change is because they understand that discrimination has very little to do with “all that scouting has been.”