The Boy Scouts of America has long held to high standards set by their oath, law, motto, slogan and outdoor code. The oath includes duty to God and country, duty to others and duty to self, including keeping a high moral standard. Proponents and critics alike, including President Obama, speak of the high respect almost universally held of the organization due to its high character overall.
Now, those who live to a different standard wish to be accepted as members and leaders, giving reference to the Scouts’ long lasting reputation for developing good character within its membership.
Where is the recognition that the Scouts continue to be respected because they have held to their standards and recognized a duty to God? If standards of moral behavior are lowered, how long will the outstanding reputation of the organization continue?