Family Research Council

Prayer Targets: Boy Scouts, Immigration, Women in Combat


January 30, 2013

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6 NKJV

Dear Praying Friends,

America's 30th President, Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), restored dignity to the White House following the scandal-plagued Harding administration. Coolidge was a dedicated family man and his two sons were ardent Boy Scouts. The international scout movement was birthed in the mind and experience of British Army Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell and launched at boy's camping trip on a tiny south England harbor island in 1907. The U.S. Congress granted a charter to the Boy Scouts of America in 1916. On May 1, 1926, Coolidge addressed the Scouts National Council in Washington, D.C.:

Development and character...can be secured only through action. The strengthening of the physical body, the sharpening of the senses, the quickening of the intellect... is invaluable in the growth and training of youth... represented by the Boy Scout movement... [A] scout binds himself on his honor to do his best, as the oath reads: "1. To do my duty to God and country, and to obey the scout law; 2. To help other people at all times; 3.To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." The 12 articles in the scout laws are not prohibitions, but obligations; affirmative rules of conduct. Members must promise to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent... the boy may not be merely passive in his alliance to righteousness. He must be an active force in his home, his church, and his community...

The last item in the scout "duodecalogue" ...declares that a scout shall be reverent. "He is reverent toward God....He is faithful in his religious duty [and] respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion ...realizing the scriptural assertion that they who sin are the servants of sin and that the wages of sin is death. The Boy Scout movement has been instituted in order that the youth, instead of falling under the domination of habits and actions that lead only to destruction, may come under the discipline of a training that leads to eternal life... We need a greater faith in the strength of right living. We need a greater faith in the power of righteousness. These are the realities which do not pass away. On these everlasting principles rests the movement of the Boy Scouts of America. (see "American Presidency Project;" Underlining Added)

But the Boy Scouts Coolidge spoke about could soon be a thing of the past. Having long-resisted pressures to lower their standards to accommodate scouts with incompatible ideologies and lifestyles (e.g., atheists and homosexuals), the Scouts are reportedly considering outright capitulation to the homosexual community.

Extortion of the Scouts - Last week, the leftwing Mother Jones magazine, wrote about the shakedown of the Boy Scouts:

[The] Boy Scouts long-standing policy of banning "open or avowed homosexuals [2]" is starting to cost it some major financial backers: In the last six months, companies including UPS [3], United Way [4], the Merck Company Foundation [5]and the Intel Foundation [6]have announced they will drop or postpone funding for the Boy Scouts. Verizon Communications could be next: Over 70,000 people [7] have signed a petition asking the corporation to stop funding the Scouts over their discriminatory policies... "We more than understand how much value the Scouting program offers to our Nation and its youth," Brad Hankins, a campaign director for Scouts for Equality [8], the organization behind the Verizon petition and others, tells Mother Jones

Since at least the late 1970s, the Boy Scouts executive leadership has discriminated against gay members. [9]In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled [10] that forcing the organization to accept gay members would violate its rights under the First Amendment, and the Boy Scouts reaffirmed their ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters in 2012 [11]. Since then, hundreds of Scouts have returned their pins [12] in protest, and the Boy Scouts anti-gay stance has even outlasted the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy...

[According] to The American Independent, [13] in the 2009 tax year, the biggest donor to the Boy Scouts was the Intel Foundation, who donated nearly $700,000. Intel announced in September it will stop funding Scout troops [6] that adhere to the ban, and UPS followed suit [3](Scouts for Equality ran petitions against both companies.) (see Boy Scouts to lose major funders, Verizon, Divided, Please Don't Let the Bad Guys Win).

Don't Ask Don't Tell was overturned in a lame Duck Session of Congress controlled by Democrats. Will Americans stand by silently while this peerless organization for equipping God-fearing young leaders is corrupted? Parents know that the life example and spiritual health of a leader are more important than the content of the instruction. But if this happens the content of instruction will change, given time. Scout leaders are mentors. Many local Scout troops will not survive after families, who refuse to allow their sons to be mentored by practicing homosexual leaders, have taken them out of the program. The salt and light of the Gospel, too, welcomed in earlier days and in many Scout troops today (many are headquartered in churches) will be absent from a program hijacked by homosexual activists, foolishly abetted by American business leaders. Eli's grandson was named Ichabod, because the glory of Lord departed Israel when the Philistines captured the Ark. The blessing and favor the Boy Scouts have known all these years will also depart (see 1 Sam 2:1-5:1). America's youth and America as a whole will be the worse for it. Call the BSA Chief Scout Executive, Wayne Brock at 972-580-2004. Consider writing a letter to the businesses leaders who did this, and pray, pray, pray!

  • Thanks be to God for keeping the Scout Program strong till now. May He intervene to prevent this travesty against righteousness and justice from taking place! May God give the BSA leaders courage and understanding NOT to forsake their own laws by BOWING to those behind this immoral shakedown. May those within who are behind this resign or be removed! May Scout parents across America rise up to say "NO" to this evil and may they prevail in preserving this great institution! (1 Sam 2:1-5:1; Pr 28:4; Mt 18:6; Rom 1:16-32; 1 Tim 5:1, 12; 2 Tim 4:1-5:5)

Finally, there are many issues that require our sacrificial prayers. Here are just a few:

  • The President's new immigration policy proposal as well as Senator Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) ideas are the subject of debate and will affect many families, a number of whom share our values on life, marriage, and religious liberty, but the majority of whom curiously support politicians who are against those values (Agreement). The result could reshape the political landscape.
  • The Pentagon announcement that it will end the U.S. Military prohibition on women in combat (AP, Gen. Jerry Boykin, Ban Ends, FRC: Not Worth Risk).
  • The nomination of anti-Israel former Sen. Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense.
  • The DC Federal Appeals Court ruling that will rein in President Obama's from using unconstitutional "recess appointments" to circumvent Congressional deliberation and approval of his nominees.
  • New efforts by Hawaiian Lawmakers to pass a traditional marriage amendment are underway.

Only Holy Spirit-led, Scripturally, extraordinary, repentant prayer and fasting will stop the demonic assault upon our nation and usher in righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom. 14:17). Thank you for praying!