Below is the eMail I received shortly after the BSA voted to abandon it’s devout Christian membership in favor of LGBT youth and funding.
My response follows this letter from the BSA asking me to renew my support for the Scouting program.
To whom it may concern,
Due to the recent emphasis by the Boy Scouts of America placed on child sexuality and alternative forms of it, I have pledged to no longer support the Boy Scouts of America. I’m disheartened by the fact that accommodating and promoting deviant childhood sexual expression was valued over accommodating and promoting religious values and basic portions of the long-standing Oath and Law. In other words, you chose homosexuals over religious adherents who oppose and desire to protect their children from that behavior. You had to know that you would be trading out one demography for another. Our values are incompatible with the promotion and express endorsement of such gross immorality.
Homosexuality and other forms of “alternative” sexuality should not be tolerated or promoted within the BSA. The Boy Scouts of America is no longer the stellar organization that it once was, and no longer represents the family virtues that sustain American vitality, culture, and greatness. As a result, you no longer have my support.
I wish the Boy Scouts of America success in back-stepping out of this policy change, and look forward to the time when my values and concern for the safety of my son are held in higher esteem than this risk and immorality falsely advertised as “inclusiveness”.
Former Arrow of Light Recipient, former Order of The Arrow member, former Eagle Scout, former Cub Master, and former Boy Scout Leader,
We were all taught in Scouts, in church, in school, and by our parents that appropriate times to say no will confront us throughout our lives. Many methods of delivery for this lesson have been tried on us from our youth until the present time. Some of these methods have proven more effective than others.
Because this topic is of vital importance, I wanted to share my open letter to the voting members of the national council for the Boy Scouts of America concerning the upcoming “morally straight” policy vote.
Dear voting members of the national committee,
Some advocates for changing the “morally straight” policy of the BSA insinuate that all BSA participants can find cohesion based on tolerance – extreme tolerance only exercised by all members and chartering organizations that appreciate the long-standing national policy as is.
If you do a google search for Condi Rice, you’ll find a lot of buzz surrounding the name that has become one of Mitt Romney’s most likely VP picks. Several recent online news reports claim that Condi Rice would lose Mitt Romney the evangelical vote. Condi Rice would likely increase the religious vote. Here’s why:
Unemployment was on it’s way up when Barack Obama got in office, it’s true. He’s not responsible for what he inherited as president. Unemployment was at about 7.7, and hasn’t dropped below 8% since he has been president. I’m one of the 45 percent – 45% of graduates from 2009 or later who are either unemployed or are working less than full-time in a job that doesn’t require a degree.
Many complex issues went into the decision to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. If we had not gone to war with those countries, where would we be today?
I occasionally run into people who think that George W. Bush was somehow the devil, the puppet of Dick Cheney, and a mastermind out to destroy the economy. The liberal media has purported gross misrepresentations in the past about President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condi Rice – and a lot of people have believed those lies. An objective study can still help people to gain an understanding about what makes both George W. Bush, Condi Rice, and even Dick Cheney heroes and Saviors of the western world.
I know that some skeptics roll their eyes when they read praises about Gee Dubyah and Rice Candy; however, if these same people have taken basic micro and macro economics courses, read up on OPEC, and can follow this insight-offering article, their opinions can very likely change. Two numbers constitute important factors in evaluating both the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan (and ultimately the War on Terror): 7 of 12 and 5 of 10. Continue reading George W. Bush and Condi Rice – Great American Heroes→
An SFGate article mentioned today that “Romney campaigned Wednesday in Northern Virginia. Obama met with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, was holding an in-town fundraiser and hosting an evening South Lawn picnic for lawmakers.”
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church) enters the media spotlight more and more, especially surrounding the 2012 election of Mitt Romney, many questions arise concerning the rumors of polygamy. Did the Mormon church practice polygamy before, and does it practice polygamy now?
The short answer is that, yes, the Mormon church did practice polygamy until 1890. Since that time, the Mormons have not practiced polygamy. In fact, even in countries where polygamy is legal, polygamists cannot join the LDS Church. If a member of the LDS church is caught practicing polygamy, they are excommunicated (are no longer members). Continue reading Mitt’s Pedigree and The True History of Mormon Polygamy→
In science, we are made aware of potential realities through discovery; studying; experimenting, testing, and observing; checking and interpreting results; drawing conclusions; and sharing the discoveries with others.
Add God to that process, and you have faith. The scientific method is essentially the secular version of faith.
Discovery: I may have a spiritual principle brought to my attention – usually in the form of directions from my church leaders or through my own observations. I formulate a theory about my observations.
Study: As I am made aware of a potential new truth, I can study the topic in my scriptures, find out what past and present church leaders have said on that topic, and can listen to the testimonies of other people. I can ask questions in Sunday school or can bring up the topic with friends. I begin to compile methods for testing my spiritual principle.
Experimenting, Testing, and Observing: This portion of the process is where faith truly is brought to life. In the Book of Mormon (Alma ch. 32, v.28), an ancient-American prophet explains this concept. I can view the effects of the principle in the lives of others, and I can act on the principles myself and observe my own results. Sometimes, I even write about my experiences in my personal journal.
Checking and Interpreting Results: If I’m trying to learn about a principle like the Word of Wisdom, I can check my results from observing the principle, compare my before-and-after results, and can note outside influences that could affect my results (like having type-1 diabetes, for example). I take my results and compare them with the results that I was told that I could expect from following that principle.
Drawing Conclusions: I often take my thoughts, my data, and my results to the Lord. Sometimes I fast during this process; I nearly always pray and ask my Heavenly Father if I’m right; and, when I get confirmation from multiple sources (like my bishop, the scriptures, my actions and the actions that I observed of others, the prophets, and the Spirit), then I conclude that it must be a true principle.
Sharing Discoveries With Others: In LDS language, when we share our conclusions or knowledge about spiritual principles, we call this bearing testimony. Once per month in church (in a meeting that we call Fast and Testimony meeting), we get to learn about spiritual truths that others have discovered or concluded to be true. Many times, we can know that something is truth when people bear their testimonies, and those testimonies are confirmed by the Holy Ghost.
Through faith and works, I have come to know that God truly does exist, that Jehovah and Lucifer are His diametrically opposed sons, that the Word of Wisdom is true, that the Law of Chastity is true, that keeping the Sabbath day holy truly is a commandment of God, that fasting is a true and helpful principle, that tithing is important and a correct principle, that “The Family: a Proclamation to The World” was a document inspired of God. I found that Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and Jesus Christ in a vision, that he truly did reestablish Christ’s true church on the earth, and that I belong to that church.
When I was still a teenager, I was told that every worthy young man should serve a mission. It always flew in one ear and out the other… until one day, for some reason, it stuck in my mind. At that moment, my ears magically opened, and I heard and understood a new commandment.
I spoke with my bishop, spoke with some other people who had served missions, and prayed about it. My girlfriend also noted how important it was to her to marry a man who had served a mission for the church. I wanted to fulfill her expectations, be obedient to the commandment that I had been given, and felt that I had been blessed by God and that I owed Him one. I also thought that God loved me with or without me serving a mission, that I could sweet talk my girlfriend into marrying me anyways, and that maybe the mission requirement and associated/promised blessings weren’t for me. Was this a commandment that I needed to follow?
Well, I decided to go ahead and put it to the test. I made it a goal to serve a mission and started preparing for it.
From the sparks of thought that initially touch our minds and imaginations to the completed scholarly articles containing mind-boggling theories in the scientific journals, the process of discovery can benefit everyone: regardless of field of scientific study or a religious affiliation. Seekers of truth research, experiment and test, observe, check and interpret results, then draw conclusions, and share the resulting discoveries with others. Continue reading Science -vs- Faith and Works→