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The Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Started 5 Years Ago

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy under a crushing weight of sexual abuse lawsuits. This was the inevitable end to the organization when they threw away everything they possessed to pursue corporate money and wokeness.

Bowing at the altar of political correctness, the Zeitgeist of LGBT inclusion, and corporate cash was bound to end this way for an organization founded on the moral principles of molding young boys into men.

A mere decade ago, the BSA possessed a Supreme Court ruling preserving its right for expressive association, to revoke membership of openly gay scout leaders as counter to the mission of the scouts. The government could not interfere in the BSA’s ability to perform hygiene on its membership.

The organization also had the tools to record, report, and discipline scout leaders who behaved inappropriately toward youngsters. They could have acted to make the BSA a safe place for young boys to grow into men. But they were scared of losing fat corporate dollars, which were tied to “inclusiveness.” They were afraid of lawsuits and bankruptcy if they cleaned house from past problems.

So in 2015, they folded and took the cash. They gave up a SCOTUS ruling and changed their policy to allow gay scout leaders. Then they didn’t get the cash anyway. Then they decided to allow girls, because, why not? It’s not like there’s a scouting organization dedicated to girls (who sell a lot of cookies).

Now, the very thing the BSA wanted to prevent has happened.

“We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice and we encourage them to come forward. It is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) policy that all incidents of suspected abuse are reported to law enforcement,” the organization said.

Last April, exposed court testimony showed the organization believed more than 7,800 of its former leaders were involved in sexually abusing more than 12,000 children over the course of 72 years.

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, CNN, February 18, 2020

Male leaders preying on boys. Like the Catholic Church, this is a problem. It’s a problem for all organizations where adults interact with kids. Excluding openly gay males from scout leadership simply removes the temptation–and don’t tell me pedophilia is completely independent of sexual orientation and preference. Show me cases where heterosexual men become predators of teenage boys–they are rare, and these men are using their heterosexual relationships to cover their predilection.

The BSA could have downsized, focused on being a safe place for kids, and forgone the corporate support. They could have exercised their right to expressive association. But they folded and now they are bankrupt.

Churches that fold shrivel. Ministries that fold wither. And now the BSA is bankrupt. It was inevitable from the moment, five years ago, when the scouts gave in.

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