By a vote of 61%-38%
the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America
has finalized a decision to lift sexual orientation from the criteria to discriminate for youth membership. Previously
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The Boy Scouts have garnered a lot of controversy
for refusing to accept gay
Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts have no official stance
on sexuality, and while they officially pledge to "serve God," they have become more flexible
on the policy. In addition, a Girl Scout council had endorsed Planned Parenthood
as a source for information on sex education. These policies have earned the ire of Republican House Representative candidate Hans Zeiger
, who declared the organization a "a pro-abortion, feminist training corps," and that "perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere" in an online editorial. He has pulled down most of his writings, but most of them have been cached
Still clocking the old Boy Scout-style uniform?
Perhaps you, like many others
feel you could be more rewarded than you are today? Never fear, the "Boy Scout Store" has got your back! Develop your own program for: aging
, bungee jumping
, cat herding
, sexual revolution
, Global Warming
. smoking cessation
, neighbor relations
, robot building
, incendiary devices
, antisocial activities
, street hooking
, and, of course underwater basketweaving
. Display your training in instigation
. Maybe you feel you speak the language
-- Scouting is for all
is a blog from a long-time troop leader in which he talks both about practical scouting tools, such as how to make a fire
and how to lash a tower together
, and about current issues with discrimination in the BSA
Boy Scouts tell
Atheist Eagle Scout he has one week to declare his belief or get out.
On membership applications, Boy Scouts
and adult leaders must say they recognize some higher power, not necessarily religious. "Mother Nature would be acceptable," said Brad Farmer, the Scout executive of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts. Hmmmm...
Boston Boy Scouts allow gay leaders
I have many friends who were Eagle Scouts. They all say that there were many openly gay scouts during their time. This whole issue strikes me as purely technical.
What do other Scouts at Metafilter think?