Values and Scouting
I am writing in response to the recent article regarding Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church’s decision not to re-charter Boy Scout Troop 4 and Cub Scout Pack 4 after the end of this year. As a former Scoutmaster of Troop 4 and Cubmaster of Pack 4, I am flabbergasted by the church’s decision. Troop 4 has an extraordinarily rich tradition and will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016. It is truly a shame that it will not be doing so in the Scout hut that has been its home for the past 60 years.
I wonder if Pastor Casselli and his Board of Elders who have elected to “evict” the troop and pack (which have been meeting at the Scout hut located upon the church grounds long before their congregation acquired the property) took the time to read the BSA’s Membership Standards Resolution which they claim to have offended them. That Resolution can be reviewed at www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/membershipstandards/resolution/resolution.aspx.
After reciting the mission of the Boy Scouts of America “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law,” the resolution concludes by noting that “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
Not surprisingly (in light of the Scout Oath and Law), the resolution also notes that “Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting.” Thus, Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church has apparently elected to terminate its relationship with one of the few youth programs in this country which espouses positive moral values not on account of the conduct of any of its members, but rather on the possible orientation of some of its members.
Although the church is certainly well within its rights to elect not to renew the charters of Troop 4 and Pack 4 (and I don’t believe that the youth and leaders of those organizations wish to be affiliated with an organization that doesn’t want them), I am confident that the troop and pack will continue to inculcate the positive values of Scouting for many future generations of Scouts. I can only hope that the congregation will more carefully consider the values espoused by Jesus Christ in the future.
Taking a stand
I will be one of the few to commend Holy Trinity on their cutting ties with the Boy Scouts. It’s so unusual these days to see anyone except the leftists and the media stand for anything, and this church will be lambasted severely nationwide. The issue will be distorted, of course, because the leftists will say that the congregation is a hate group just as they say that the Apostle Paul was a hate monger.
I hope someone in the media (not a chance) will make the issue clear that this is a private organization taking a stand. It won’t make any difference, of course; they will be sued all the way to the Supreme Court. The leftists will make the case that it is a function of government to force a private organization to do anything they disagree with.
On the same point, I wish that someone in the media would write clearly that Christians are not against gay partners having the same rights as married couples but only against gays using the term “married.” But, alas, the truth is being buried every day and by every state. The leftists want the truth buried.
Roy E. Rood
If minimum-wage workers get a raise to $15 per hour, do you know what will happen the next day (if not before it becomes effective)? Everything in the United States of America would at least double in price. Then, what will minimum-wage workers do? Seek another doubling of their wages?
They all need to take a course in economics to fully understand money.
Boot them out
As an EMT for a local ambulance company you’re required to purchase a “hack” license from “Hillsborough Pirate Transportation Coersion” at $75 annually. This fee is not paid by the company but by the individual — for what exactly? Background checks? Done already. Vehicle inspections? The state provides an ALS/BLS sticker to vehicle with accompanying inspection. I have had several encounters with PTC officers — none pleasant and none necessary. They act like cops except without the politeness.
The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission seems to be in control of millions of budget dollars, and yet ask a citizen of Hillsborough what they do and no one knows! I drove my father-in-law’s new full-size black Town Car to get family from the airport. I was stopped while leaving by a PTC “police” car and delayed (detained?) while being questioned about my lack of hack license and window sticker.
Since my last name did not match the folks from my wife’s side of the family, he was suspicious I was an illegal limo driver. I only realized this after I asked why we were stopped. They had not offered an ID and acted “cop-like.” I’m sure a poll would find other similar stories. Boot them out and give their budget to the schools.