"While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA."
andreaazure: Every single preferential-treatment deal BSA has across the country should be terminated, or failing that, not renewed. They are a private organization. This is their right. Cities also have a right to ban hate groups.
gauche: Calling them a hate group is kind of over-the-top, though, don't you think? This is not an organization that exists for the purpose of suppressing the civil rights of minorities: it's not even a political organization. I kind of think a hate group has to do more than have exclusionary policies around membership, otherwise most organizations that existed prior to the Civil Rights Act are hate groups.
Tanizaki: and to reinforce their children's insularity we shall exclude good people from our organization to create the illusion that 10% of the population does not exist.
Actually, it is more like 2% of the population.
Tanizaki: A recent theory is that the societal norming of homosexuality has the effect of reducing the number of gays, with the operative effect being that where gays previously might have tended to remain closeted, married, and breed, they are much more likely to live openly gay and never breed.
If your congregational or regional leaders are super-serious about one particular thing then you get stuff like your dad being replaced because of his ‘shortcomings.’
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly."
I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
“Since 1991, the Boy Scouts of America has barred openly gay individuals from participating in its program at any level. Scouts for Equality will lead a respectful, honest dialogue with current and former Scouts and Scout Leaders about ending this outdated policy. By embodying the values of the Scout Oath and Law, we believe we can restore the social relevancy of one of this country’s great cultural institutions: the Boy Scouts of America.”
When I was earning my Citizenship in the Community merit badge, I learned the importance of standing up for what you believe to be right. This is the guiding philosophy that will define the future of this organization. In our first public campaign, we are inviting current and former members of the scouting community to share their stories about how the BSA’s discriminatory policy regarding homosexual scouts and scout leaders has affected them in order to assess support for changing this policy from within the scouting community. By gathering these stories and evaluating support, we hope to provide those working from within the Boy Scouts of America with the resources they need to end this policy. Thank you, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Co-founder, Scouts for Equality
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