Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Boy Scouts of America, the 108-year-old organization synonymous with traditional American values, is on the verge of bankruptcy.A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that a Chicago law firm, Sidley Austin, has been appointed to handle Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that a Chicago law firm, Sidley Austin, has been appointed to handle Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
The organization, which has deep roots in American tradition spanning generations, bowed to pressure insisting it become more “gender inclusive.”However, due to the recent news about their membership numbers and bankruptcy filings, it seems as though the Boy Scouts will be gone before they transition to their new name.
According to the Western Journal, one week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced its name was becoming “gender fluid,” its single biggest participant announced that it was cutting ties to the Scouts. And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, usually known as the Mormons, announced that it was severing its relationship with the Scouts effective Dec. 31, 2019, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
n a statement issued jointly by the church and the Scouts, the church explained the move by noting that its membership was more global now than ever, and required a global approach.“In this century of shared experience, the church has grown from a U.S.-centered institution to a worldwide organization, with a majority of its membership living outside the United States,” the joint statement said.“That trend is accelerating. The church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally.
As far as minimizing the Scouts’ embarrassment, that’s not a bad spin — no policy changes are cited. It’s explained as a natural part of the church’s evolution.
As noted by the Deseret News — a Salt Lake City newspaper owned by a subsidiary of a holding company owned by the church — the “signs of strain of strain began to emerge years ago.”It was five years ago that the Scouts voted to admit openly gay boys into the organization.The Mormon church said it had always allowed gays to join but the tension was building. Three years ago, when the Scouts decided to admit gay Scoutmasters, the church said it would stay with the Scouts after the organization recognized “the right of all religious chartered organizations to select their Scout leaders in accordance with their religious beliefs,” the Deseret News reported.
In May of last year, the church decided to drop Scouting from church programs for boys aged 14-17, according to the Deseret News.That coincided with the Scouts’ decision to accept “transgender” boys — i.e. girls pretending to be boys — into the organization.This year, six days after the Boy Scouts of America announced an epochal change in the group’s mission — complete with changing its name by 2019 to the bloodless, corporate Scouts BSA, the church announced an end to all ties between the organizations.