Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) - One day after President Obama said "yes," he thinks the Boy Scouts of America should admit homosexuals -- to expose them to "opportunities and leadership" -- dozens of conservative groups are running a newspaper ad, urging the Boy Scouts to "show courage" and "stand for timeless values."
The 41 conservative organizations, in a full-page ad in Monday's USA Today, said it would be a "grave mistake" for BSA to change their longstanding policy against having openly homosexual Scout leaders or Scouts.
In a Sunday interview with "60 Minutes" Correspondent Scott Pelley, President Obama said the scouts should admit homosexuals:
"My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life, and the Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think that nobody should be barred from that."
The ad running in USA Today says: "Every Scout takes an oath to keep himself 'morally straight,'" adding that the Boy Scouts "have every right to include sexual conduct in how they define that term."
It says every American who believes in freedom of thought and religious liberty should be concerned about liberal attacks on the Boy Scouts' core convictions about morality.
"To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach boys cowardice, not courage."
And aside from moral considerations, the policy is part of the BSA’s efforts to protect Scouts from sexual abuse, the conservatives said.
The ad urges Americans to call the Boy Scouts and tell them not to change their membership standards, something the BSA national board will consider doing this week.
The groups sponsoring the ad in USA Today include the the Media Research Center, which is the parent organization of CNSNews.com.