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"Cry out, "Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise."" (1 Chron 16:35)

 

Dear Brethren:

THIS URGENT PRAYER NEED IS SUBMITTED BY ONE OF OUR DEAREST AND MOST FAITHFUL FRIENDS, PIERRE BYNUM OF THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER. PLEASE START PRAYING NOW, AND PASS IT ON TO YOUR LISTS.

In Jesus' Name,

Harry Valentine,

 

 

Dear Friends,

This is a series of resources put together by FRC Senior V.P. Robs Schwarzwalder for believers who do not want to stand by and watch the Boy Scouts of America change their long-held organizational morals standards and to embrace a new policy that will allow open and avowed homosexuals not only to be scouts, but to become Scoutmasters. I am stringing together several emails, but you will find it readable.

Please pass this on to your prayer warriors for prayer. If they know any of the Council members whose contact information is attached, a call from them could make the difference.

Thanks for all you do.

Pierre


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Thanks to each of you for partnering with FRC and with one another regarding our efforts to encourage the Boy Scouts to sustain their policy of not allowing "open and avowed" (their term) homosexuals to serve as Scoutmasters or Scouts.  We appreciate your courage and commitment more than you know.

The first of the attached Excel files provides phone and email addresses for BSA Council Executives, Presidents, and Commissioners.  The second provides some of the same information but includes physical addresses of the Councils.

The third attachment is a PDF FRC has developed called, "What You Can Do to Help the Scouts."  It offers very useful counsel about what those in your networks - activists, concerned citizens, pastors, churches, etc. - can do to influence this debate, including how to use to the information on the two Excel files attached.

Additionally, below I have pasted (1) suggested talking points for use and distribution as you would like and (2) key dates of which you and your networks should be aware. 

Finally, we want to be careful to maintain a spirit of kindness in our efforts - all of you know that, but as I'm sure we've all found at times, in the intensity of the battle it sometimes is difficult to bear in mind the need to put both grace and truth together.  This is especially pertinent since, apparently, some of the Scout officials involved in this decision have received very hostile emails and letters from a handful of people opposing any change.  Personal threats or attacks have no place in Christian discourse or advocacy, and I trust you will communicate that as part of your messages to your contacts.

Later today, I will send a second email listing the BSA National Board members and their contact information.  I recommend the same approach with each of them as with the Council officials noted above.

Thank you again.  FRC is honored to partner with you.

Best regards,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council



(1) BACKGROUND AND TALKING POINTS: PROTECTING THE BOY SCOUTS
Background
*  Scout have always affirmed the importance of high moral conduct, and as the BSA itself has stated, Scouting "places strong emphasis on traditional family values as being necessary components of a strong, healthy society."
* "Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting’s values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position." http://web.archive.org/web/20100206191637/http://www.bsalegal.org/morally-straight-cases-225.asp (Note: this was published in 2007 - only six years ago)

Talking Points
* Protected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2000, the Scouts last year completed an in-depth, two-year study and reiterated the wisdom of keeping their longstanding policy on homosexual Scout leaders and members. The study found that scouting parents overwhelmingly want the organization to respect their right to discuss these sexual topics with their children - and not bring this contentious issue into Scouting. Parents are asking, "Why should we change what has been taught to these boys for the last 103 years?"
* The BSA board of directors should resist pressure by corporate elites and homosexual activists who want to turn the organization into a laboratory for social experimentation.
* An organization that teaches character, courage, and conviction shouldn't be exploited as a laboratory for sexualized political correctness. For decades, the BSA has kept the interest of the boys it serves as the focus of all its actions. No matter what, the Boy Scouts of America could be counted upon to do the right thing and not yield to any social or corporate pressure, and has thus far stood strong.
* The BSA National Council should not jeopardize the safety and moral integrity of Scouting in order to advance a political agenda.
* The proposal to relegate the decision on homosexual leaders to local chartered organizations sends the wrong signal from the national body: that political correctness ultimately triumphs over character, and also that "morally straight" can mean one thing to one Troop, another thing to a different Troop.  This violates both the letter and spirit of Scouting.
* Parents should be able to entrust their sons to the organization with the confidence that they will not be exposed to inappropriate sexual topics such as homosexuality.


(2) KEY DATES
March 1:  BSA leadership meeting in Dallas/Ft. Worth. 
April 15:  FRC Stand with the Scouts policy publication released (to be sent to you and to identified delegates to the May meeting)
April 17: BSA board drafts resolution
April 22: Draft resolution will be sent to stakeholders prior to National Annual Meeting.
May 5: FRC's nationwide “Stand with the Scouts Night” simulcast.
May 22: Pre-meeting rally in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
May 23: Annual business meeting in Grapevine, TX.

Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director

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