Dear Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board of Directors: We are writing today as former Boy Scouts having achieved the rank of Life Scout. At the time of our involvement, local troops were all organizationally unstable, thus forcing both my brother (also a member in Order of the Arrow) and me to leave one dissolving troop to join another on three separate occasions, which ultimately created a timing issue and prevented both of us from reaching and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Even so, our participation in the BSA program was truly one of the most influential character-building and life-forming experiences we could have ever known. The BSA offers American boys and men a reputable – and currently morally correct — standard to follow, and with which to measure other civic organizations. We are both proud to be former Scouts.
We have two nephews, the sons of our sister, who lived and breathed scouting as they progressed through the ranks. These young men were also award-winning Order of the Arrow Scouts. Each achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The eldest was also visually impaired and became the very first visually impaired Scout in the State of Florida to earn the Eagle designation. Are we proud? Absolutely! My brother is the Scout Master of a local troop for his three sons, with the eldest recently being awarded the Eagle Scout Award. We believe in the Boy Scouts of America and are continuing to support this worthwhile organization — as the organization currently stands.
As we were growing up, my brother and I needed a morally solid character standard to which we could aspire. The BSA was that organization which properly taught and strengthened us in our morals and personal integrity. The BSA was that organization which helped shape our worldview and sense of contributing to society. The BSA was that organization which inspired us to participate in life with determination, dedication, and direction. The BSA was that organization which offered a rewarding and enriching life growth experience. My brother and I see all these attributes as wonderfully beneficial and correctly focused while reinforcing a respectable, valuable, and desirous legacy for future Scouts.
Now with this sincere exaltation and encouragement having been expressed, please know we are extremely concerned about the BSA forsaking its founding principles, practices, and policies from traditional family values and Judeo-Christian values to embrace ‘Big Gay’s’ (and any future conflicting proposals of the founding principles) agenda of politically correct, hyper-liberal, immoral homosexuality under the guise of sexual nondiscrimination and diversity. Incorporating this deception into the entity of the BSA would profoundly disgrace this organization by destroying its honorable historical reputation and legacy, and its future effectiveness in American society.
We encourage the BSA membership and community to support their century-old founding principles promoting a program of character development and leadership training. Specifically addressing sexual issues, the BSA has clearly defined their policy, “Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay. Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”
We hasten to address the leadership quality and orientation within the Boy Scouts of America. It is obvious that at least two BSA board members, James S. Turley and Randall S. Stephenson, do not share the historical truths and values of the Boy Scouts of America. They desire to morph the organization to accommodate liberal, immoral views and lies. These two board members, as well as any additional board members, employees, or volunteers who do not support the BSA founding principles, should be immediately removed from both their positions of responsibility, and completely without the organization itself. The BSA recently released a statement, “the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs. BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families.” This proposed position should be withdrawn. This is a clear compromise of principles and/or surrender to outside pressure. The only leadership for the BSA should be those individuals who will wholly support the BSA’s historical foundations, ethics, and principles.
There is absolute Truth in this world and for our American society. That Truth is the Word of God. It is the standard by which all philosophies and other teachings, practices, lifestyle behaviors, and beliefs are compared, contrasted, and measured. The Word of God is the foundation for the principles in the BSA. The current BSA declarations honor God and His Word. In 2000, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision against homosexuality being mandated into the BSA. This battle has already been won with that judicial ruling. The BSA’s own appointed special committee for the last two years has labored over reviewing this very issue, and unanimously voted to keep the ban in force. You have every reason to courageously stand against your detractors, and resist the bullying and unwarranted pressure to change. Therefore, the current BSA beliefs and core principles should not be compromised and/or abandoned due to pressure from any outside group, organization, or other belief system. Please stand resolute. Do not waiver; do not succumb to politically-correct jargon or influence. Renounce that which conflicts with your founding principles. Do your best to do your duty to God and your country.
Rev. M. James “Jim” Reddick, Jr.
Dr. Steven D. Reddick, D.M.D.