There’s no doubt the Boy Scouts of America are getting hammered hard from both sides over the possibility that they might change their current policy and let homosexuals be scouts or troop leaders. The fact that 70% of scout troops are affiliated with churches (mostly Mormon, Methodist and Catholic) means a ton of pressure is on the national leadership to keep the policy, well, anti-gay.
But I really, really think BSA wants to do the right thing, but they’re afraid of backlash and schism, especially if it looks like the decision is made by running roughshod over religious sensibilities (never mind that religionists have been running roughshod over the rest of us for centuries).
And so, BSA announced today they’re postponing a decision until May. Let’s hope they can screw up their courage in the meantime to do the right thing.