It may seem funny, but I enjoyed being a cub scout. I remember being excited for den meetings. I’d get up and put on my scout uniform and go to school. I don’t think I had a normal den, but maybe I did. We didn’t do a lot of “scouty” things – there was minimal camping and hiking but lots of together time and silly games and we learned to make candy and did arts and crafts. It was a good time. I gave up on the scouts as I got older. I didn’t like the boys in the boy scout troop – they were way too serious about the whole camping thing.
So I hear that the Boy Scouts have reaffirmed their ban on gay and lesbian scout leaders. That seems badly mistaken to me.
Alvin McEwan had this to say:
Seems to me that based upon its recent history, the last thing the Boy Scouts should fear is gay men. We are not the reason it had to pay $18.5 million to a victim of sexual abuse in 2010.
Nor were gay men involved in the 2011 case in which it was discovered that Boy Scout officials in this country and Canada knew that a pedophile was in their ranks and did nothing to stop him.
In spite of its reputation, the Boy Scouts sounds like an organization I wouldn’t allow my dog in, much less my child.
You were being asked not to discriminate against gay scouts and gay scout leaders. That is hardly the same thing as making all the scouts read “Heather Has Two Mommies” at the beginning of every pack meeting.
So, if families want to address the contentious issue of racism within their family will the Boy Scouts start banning black kids?
Mazzuca’s bizarre statement only goes to show how horrifically bigoted of an organization the Boy Scouts really are.
The boy scouts are wrong. Gay scout leaders would enrich the program and the lives of the participants.
Bruce from Truth Wins Out.
Basically what BSA is pushing is a mindset that gay kids and non believing kids cannot aspire to the moral character of a boy scout. It’s a mindset they’re determined to keep pushing on kids, both straight and gay, believing and non-believing. Picture a Cub Scout happy to belong to his troop, working hard for his badges, winning the approval of his parents and troop leaders. Picture that kid as a teenage Scout, at the threshold of adulthood, coming to terms with his sexual orientation. He’s gay, he knows it, he’s not sure what it means for him and the adult life ahead of him but he’s at the point now where he knows he is gay. And because a Scout is brave and a Scout is trustworthy and a Scout is honest he comes out to those he trusts most. And for his trouble he’s kicked out of the organization that taught him the moral values he now holds. What’s the message here? The message is obvious: you are not worthy to wear this uniform, because you are a homosexual. And homosexuals Are Not And Can Never Betrustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The boy scouts are wrong. Those boy scout values are not determined by who you have sex with they are determined by who you come home to and how you come home. They are about the content of character and being a decent person is not at odds with being a gay person. Bigotry is usually its own excuse. The boy scouts are offering their institutional bigotry as a reason to not change their bigoted policies.