BSA's constitutional right

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The question of whether to allow homosexuals as leaders and members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is certainly a matter of a constitutional right. It is the BSA's First Amendment right of freedom of association.

The BSA has the constitutional right to define its own membership. It successfully defended this right in 2000 with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale .

Now, 13 years later and with the legal avenue closed, certain parties are pressuring the BSA with threatened financial boycotts and protests. Call this what it is: bullying.

Outside groups are exerting influence to get a desired change. The BSA has responded and is re-evaluating membership qualifications, with a decision to be announced this month.

How sad it will be if the BSA caves in and compromises its core values. It is certain that the decision will not satisfy all parties, and I applaud the way the organization is listening to its membership.

Instead of bullying a group to change its core values, why not create a separate organization with differing membership standards? Call it “America Scouts.” Why not? Because it is so much easier to destroy than to create.

Diversity is OK as long as it is the left-wing, anything-goes variety. There are those who will not tolerate an organization that holds to fundamental principles and teaches young people to be “morally straight.” A society in which every organization must be equally diverse is a society that has destroyed diversity.

Ken Koncerak

North Huntingdon

The writer is an Eagle Scout.

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