BSA Inc.’s absolutely, astonishingly stupid decisions — imposed on a membership and alumnus base vehemently opposed to them all — directly mirrors the path embraced by the former Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. or simply, the Episcopalians.
I noticed Mark Alexander, the author of “Gay Pride Merit Badge” is like me a former Episcopalian.
There are too many similarities to dismiss as mere coincidence so I wrote an introduction, albeit hasty, so you might research the events yourself and note the eerie similarity to the process underway by the Boy Scout corporation.
Indeed, BSA Inc. actually attempted this scheme in 1972 with the so-called “Improved Scouting Program” which drove away half its membership within a few years. BSA was forced to walk it back within a few years. What we see today is “Improved Scouting Program v2.” Little has changed.
The Improved Scouting Program was said to appeal to divorcees, daughters of divorcees, and black urban “youth” (called “boys” by every other speaker of the English language).
Domestically, it was claimed traditional American boy scouting was tainted by the Viet Nam War. BSA must “demilitarize” to be acceptable to the “new” public sensibility.
In reality, the ISP was intended to conform the Boy Scouts of America to NATO’s emerging political consensus of democratic socialism. Its structural pacifism, feminist sex integration of the workforce, anti-nationalism, and bureaucratic control were thwarted by the Scouting movement’s emphasis on individualism preparedness, initiative, and national pride within a structured and uniformed national organization.
In NATO countries, single-sex Scouting programs were sex-integrated and deprecated, losing significant male membership in what was seen, from a geopolitical perspective, as a preemptive move against resurgent European nationalism.
The photo below is a BSA paid “product placement” in the popular sci-fi tv series, “Battlestar Galactica”. Note the uniforms are heavily “Red” not the Boy Scout’s traditional olive drab. Notice several girls are present – the plan was full sex integration and some units were indeed sex-integrated.
Although the official records are silent, the author witnessed girl Boy Scouts with his own eyes at a council-wide gathering in 1975. His parents pulled him from the program shortly afterwards.
The logo for BSA’s aborted 1972 reboot called “The Improved Scouting Program” or, in a typically 1970’s unisex branding strategy, the feminist friendly “Scouting/USA” as portrayed in this frame from a paid product placement in the popular 1970’s sci-fi television program, “Battlestar Galactica.”
Click here for Scouting Rediscovered’s telling of “Scouting/USA” and how Boy Scouting in America was saved in by a return to tradition and orthodoxy.
A quick review of the fall of the Episcopalians
Tacitly approving female priests
It was once inconceivable PECUSA would, by degrees, fall to Satan but fall it did. First they grudgingly accepted the “irregular” (i.e., illegal) ordination of females as #FakePriests in Philadelphia. (If you’ve wondered why BSA Inc.’s national board brags about years of law-breaking female “boy” scouts already in our units, this is their inspiration.)
Acceptance of homosexual clergymen
Then PECUSA turned from looking away from openly homosexual priests to embracing them. Celibacy for unmarried clergymen was deemed obsolete: homosexuals were prohibited from marrying their partners in crime, thus the Bible was adjusted to accommodate. The Infamous Bishop John S. Spong was a forerunner of BSA’s Rex Tilllerson and Robert Gates.
Radical revisions of canon law, the Book of Common Prayer, and hymnal
The prayerbook was changed and ancient doctrine flushed away. The form and outward appearance was deliberately made to resemble the authentic book, the better to fool the ignorant into accepting what was a radical remaking of the Episcopalian religion. Notably, Holy Matrimony was erased, replaced with something called “marriage.” (Persons to be “married” are not even required to be Christian in this “celebration” of an essentially pagan relationship.)
The pretentiously named “The Hymanl” hymnal became “gender neutral” in language and “Good Christian Friends” rejoiced at Christmastime.
Had the Episcopalians healed their 400 year old rift with the Quakers? No. It’s just “Good Christian Men Rejoice” was too much for the tender sensitivities of the #FakePriests and their blue hair feminist congregants to endure.
Homosexuals, females, advanced through the ranks into senior leadership
Soon, open and avowed homosexuals were made into pretend bishops, Paul’s admonitions notwithstanding. Hard on the heels of that insult to God, female pretend bishops hit the scene, in a word-for-word repetition of the argument for female line officers in the Armed Services.
National Giveth and Taketh Away “Local Option” of Conscience
Local diocese, indeed local parishes, were permitted the “local option” clause and allowed to eschew morally offensive queer and female “bishops” . . . for a short while. Soon enough, the church hierarchy pronounced sufficient time elapsed and all Episcopalians must accept the fake bishops. Period. No exceptions, one’s personal conscience be damned.
Defiance of St Matthew v:25
If a parish attempted to flee and join, say, the Reformed Episcopal Church or one of the emerging foreign missions from Africa’s orthodox Anglican bishops, a never-ratified church canon was used to claim before the courts that parish properties were in fact held in “trust” by the national body, despite parish vestries holding clear title to their real estate and even if the parishes predated the Episcopal corporation by virtue of colonial pedigrees.
Remaking Ancient Doctrine
A few weeks ago, the Episcopal diocese of Washington D.C. dared claim God was no longer a “he” and vowed to eliminate all masculine pronouns from its liturgy.
With its highly political push for open borders and unrestricted immigration, the Episcopalians violate Old Testament law and bring about their own damnation.
Deuteronomy xix:14 says, “Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.”
Several paragraphs later Deuteronomy xxvii:17 lays out the punishment, “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbours landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
Practical Results of Reimagined Episcopalianism
It should be mentioned, all the above-listed innovations, heresies and blasphemies were sold at the time as necessary to maintain “social relevance” and thereby increase membership as defined by Average Sunday Attendance. Dr David Virtue carefully documents the Episcopalian PR, their actions and the results at his blog, http://www.virtueonline.org which I’ve linked.
Membership and Sunday attendance in the Episcopalian church plummeted and thousands of parishes went out of business as elderly parishioners, remaining for sentimental reasons only, died without young families and their children to replace them. The chart below ends in 2007 before the bruising internal fights over homosexual and female bishops led hundreds of parishes to leave the church or close for want of parishioners. The steep drop ca 1971 coincides with the open push for female priestesses, abandonment of the traditional Book of Common Prayer (replaced by experimental liturgies common in the Seventies) and an emphasis on social justice at the expense of the Gospel.
So it is with the BSA Inc., almost play for play.
We cannot simply walk away this time. There is no comparable, institutional alternative to the Boy Scouts of America. To lose it is contrary to the Scout Oath and Law and will deprive our boys of the only viable channel to learn manliness with their fathers.
Therefore, we must fulfill the Scout Oath and Law and retake our BSA.