Jennifer Tyrell, a 32-year-old Bridgeport, Ohio “mom,” was well aware of longstanding Boy Scouts policy forbidding homosexuals from serving as troop leaders. Nevertheless, the lesbian took a position last year as den leader of her 7-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack.
In April, Tyrell was ousted from the post after being informed by the Boy Scouts of America that she “did not meet the high standards” of moral behavior it expects of both adults and boys associated with the 102-year-old organization.
Now the gay-rights activist is waging an online campaign to pressure BSA’s Board of Directors to rewrite the organization’s rules to allow both gay Scout leaders and gay troops.
The Boy Scouts have been down this road before. Back in 1990, it expelled New Jersey Scoutmaster James Dale after a newspaper interview in which he stated that he unabashedly proclaimed himself gay.
Dale sued for readmission and the Garden State’s highest court sided with him. However, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision in 2000, declaring that BSA’s rule against homosexual troop leaders and troops was part of its constitutionally protected “expressive message.”
Allowing homosexuals like Dale to be scoutmasters would interfere with that message, the nation’s highest court held.
Since gay-rights activist Tyrell has no legal recourse against the Scouts, her campaign – backed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which recently honored Tyrell, her lesbian “partner,” and their “family” – is targeting influential corporate leaders on the BSA Board, like James Turley, Global Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, and Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T.
The execs need to “take their leadership on diversity within the workplace,” says Tyrell, “and extend it to their role as board members of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Well, it’s one thing for CEOs Turley and Stephenson to acquiesce to the gay-rights agenda in the name of “diversity” at Ernst & Young and AT&T respectively. But it’s quite another thing for them to impose that ungodly agenda upon the Boy Scouts.
Indeed, Boy Scouts take an oath to do their duty “to God” and to keep themselves “morally straight.” That’s why six of the top 10 chartered organizations associated with BSA are faith-based.
Were the Boy Scouts to welcome open homosexuality, as Tyrell, the lesbian, and her gay-rights supporters urge, the organization would break faith with those Christian chartered organizations that account for most of its membership. It would enter an ungodly partnership with the homosexual community.
Well, the Boy Scouts of America – God bless them – are standing strong against gay-rights activists. They acknowledge Tyrell’s campaign to rewrite the organization’s rules against gay Scout leaders and troops, but, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith, “there are no plans to change this policy.”