US Catholics angry at Boys Scouts … and Donald Trump
Last year, Joe Maldonado, above right, an 8-year-old transgender boy from New Jersey was barred from his local Cub Scout pack because the Boy Scouts of America refused to recognise his gender identity.
But last month the BSA, to its credit, changed its admittance policy and said they would allow him to return.
The Archdiocese of St Louis was just as appalled by the move as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops were when they learned that Trump had no plans to ditch an Obama executive order that protects LGBT people.
But first, reaction to the BSA.
The Archdiocese of St Louis, according to this report, said it is “deeply saddened and disturbed” by the BSA’s announcement that the organisation will allow transgender youth into its programmes.
The archdiocese – no stranger to clerical child abuse – put out a statement saying that such action is contrary to the organisation’s dedication to honour, service and “duty to God” by allowing:
Girls struggling with gender dysphoria into their troops.
Allowing transgender children to identify as boys is:
Failing to recognise the fundamental order of God’s creation. The fact is that human beings are born with a sexual identity and not merely a ‘gender identity’ of one’s choosing. This sexual identity affects the totality of the person in the unity of his or her body and soul, and it greatly affects one’s capacity to love and be loved.
The archdiocese said it was “evaluating the effect” the new policy would have on troops affiliated with the church and:
Continue to be in dialogue with Boy Scouts of America in hopes that they will recognise their error and rededicate themselves to serving the needs of the boys in the organisation.
It added that, while the Boy Scouts have for years been an organisation that could be trusted with “the formation of our youth, this policy directive is the latest in a troubling pattern of behavior exhibited by the Boy Scouts of America. It is clear that as they move in the ways of the world they are becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values.”
Earlier, the US bishops said they were concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to maintain a “troubling” Obama-era executive order that could demand federal contractors violate their religious beliefs on marriage and gender ideology.
In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith. Keeping the executive order intact is not the answer. The Church steadfastly opposes all unjust discrimination, and we need to continue to advance justice and fairness in the workplace. Executive Order 13672, however, creates problems rather than solves them.
Signed by President Barack Obama, the order prohibits federal government contractors from sexual orientation and gender-identity discrimination and forbids gender-identity discrimination in the employment of federal employees.
The executive order immediately drew criticism for its lack of religious exemptions. Religious groups voiced concern that they could be disqualified from federal contracts if their faith forbids them to affirm same-sex unions as marriages or to pay for employees’ transgender “transition” surgeries.
On January 31, the Trump White House affirmed its support for Obama’s order.
The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J Trump.
It added that President Trump is “proud” to have been the first Republican presidential nominee to:
Mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.
And that the President is:
Determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.
“But, but, but …”, wailed the Bishops:
The executive order is an anomaly … containing no religious-liberty protection.