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Response to DonViejo (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:46 PM

12. The BSA is getting hammered

I think there's been a longstanding assumption that the BSA would eventually drop the ban. When the ban was up for review a few months ago, many people fully expected to see it finally go away. When they didn't, there was a lot of frustration and shock among their sponsors. Since then, they've seen major funding sources dry up, new scout recruitment is WAY down, and the general perception of the BSA has gone into a nosedive. I don't think they expected this reaction. They certainly didn't expect Intel, their single largest corporate sponsor, to cut their funding off entirely, for several of their other major sponsors like AT&T to come out and threaten to do the same if the policy wasn't ended. They also didn't expect the CEO of AT&T, who will rotate into a position as the head of the BSA's board next year, to come out and publicly condemn the group, and state point blank that he'll be leveraging the power of that position to end the Scouts anti-gay policy once and for all.

The BSA misjudged their position and screwed up pretty badly when they rejected that last attempt at changing things. They've also been taking broadsides left and right from people furious over everything from Eagle scouts being stripped of their ranks (I've even seen anti-gay BSA leaders who were furious over that...once a rank is earned, it's earned) to the ongoing abuse debacle in the courts.

I'm not suprised at all to hear that the BSA may be backpedaling on their previous position. The rejection was a blatant attempt to pacify the LDS and Catholic units, but I think they're realizing that keeping them happy may kill the organization as a whole. They have to make a choice between Mormon morality and ceasing to exist.

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