Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good Scouts

Via NBC:

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.

If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial — one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.

Good for them to finally realize something that has been true as long as there has been boys and scouts: some of them are gay.

I’m sure the howls of outrage from the homophobic community will be loud and histrionic, projecting their own lurid fantasies about how Scout jamborees will now be nothing but one big orgy.  (It will also be interesting to see what the take is from the Catholic Church, seeing as how they’re experts on boys in uniform.)

The idea of leaving it up to each individual chapter to decide whether or not they want to admit or exclude gay scouts or leaders is a bit of a cop-out.  That means that there will still be places where a kid could still be kicked out just because he’s gay.  They should simply say that the Boy Scouts does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and march forward from there.

3 barks and woofs on “Good Scouts

  1. As an Eagle Scout and the proud father of both a son, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and a daughter who achieved the rank of Gold Award (the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout), I think it’s a cop-out. Yes I applaud them for finally getting it right, its Pedophiles they need to worry about. But they have broken the oath every Scout takes over and over. ” On my Honor I will do my Best to do my Duty to God and Country and to Obey the Scout Law, to Help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong and MORALLY STRAIGHT.” The moral thing to have done is set policy that will not tolerate discrimination across the board. All this new policy does is protect themselves from more litigation while opening the door to go back after corporate monies they have lost. In 2011 approximately 70% of all scouts belonged to a Troop sponsored by a Religious Institution. Of Religious organization sponsorships, the Church of Latter Day Saints sponsors the vast majority of troops, followed by the Methodist Church and then the Catholic Church and so on. The three leading sponsoring institutions won’t be supporting this new policy and I’m sure most of the other religious organizations aren’t running to jump on board. Civic Groups account for 22% of the Troops and 8% of the Troops meet at Educational Facilities. So, have the Scouts done anything more than make it easier to feel better about themselves. I don’t think so

  2. “Good for them to finally realize something that has been true as long as there has been boys and scouts: some of them are gay.”

    Damned straight! (Perhaps I should rephrase that…)

    I was in Boy Scouts as a young man. Three of the boys in our troop, though they were not out, were almost indisputably gay. I mean, one of them was even a church organist! (A good one, too.) Maybe Mr. Eagle Scout ’69 should reconsider his prejudices. Or he could leave the Scouts and thereby improve the organization. I’m sorry: I don’t have a lot of patience with bigotry. Mr. ’69, if you can’t stand the humanity, don’t associate with human beings.

    • Steve, How dare you judge me, you don’t know who I am or how I live my life nor do you have any idea of the character of my children. Try setting your prejudices aside long enough to actual read what I said. And yes I’m quite proud of being an Eagle Scout and very proud of my childrens accomplishments.

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