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The Scout Oath Binds Me to Oppose Transgenderism in Boy Scouts

When I became an Eagle Scout, I made a pledge of loyalty to the organization, and I never expected that pledge to haunt me quite like it does today.

On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America announced its decision to allow transgender "boys" to join the organization. Liberals cheered, conservatives booed, and few noticed that the organization was being sued by a transgender "boy" who was kicked out of his Cub Scout pack.

I spent years in Cub Scouts and in Boy Scouts, eventually rising to the rank of Eagle Scout. My brother followed behind me. So I understand the pain of being excluded from this organization, but what I cannot accept is that it is better for parents to raise a young child to identify with a gender opposite his or her biological sex.

The Scout Law states, "A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." I cannot speak for all, but to my mind transgender ideology betrays at least two of those core virtues.

"A scout is trustworthy" means more than just telling the truth. It means living with integrity, not presenting a false sense of yourself to others. There is a fundamental falseness in presenting yourself as a boy when you are in fact biologically a girl. But I think there is a worse loss of integrity among those who encourage biological girls to identify as boys.

"A scout is reverent" means honoring God, or at least a principle greater than yourself. Christians — and most Jews and Muslims, to my knowledge — believe that God created humans male and female, and that their sexuality is a good gift from God. Rejecting that gift — or encouraging others to reject it — is arguably irreverent.

This does not mean a scout should ever be less than friendly, helpful, courteous, kind, and cheerful when dealing with transgender people and their parents. But I must also be brave in speaking out against what I think of as a dangerous ideology.

Biology does not lie. There are those born who are neither clearly male nor clearly female, and my heart breaks for them. But the vast majority of humans are born with two "x" chromosomes or one "x" chromosome and one "y" chromosome. The former are called "females" and the latter "males."

While gender is different from sex, there is a danger in encouraging biological males or females to identify with the opposite sex — and an even greater danger in encouraging them to get "surgery" to make such transgender identity permanent.