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Boy Scouts Pledge to Continue Teaching Bigotry and Shame as Ban on Gay Scouts Is Upheld

Boy Scouts of America

An emblem of honor is now a symbol of bigotry

I’m so glad I gave birth to two girls and no boys. Not just because I prefer most things feminine to pretty much all things masculine (although that certainly doesn’t hurt). But also because if I had given birth to a son I might have wanted him to participate in the Boy Scouts, and there is news today that confirms I would never let a child of mine near that homophobic organization.

My dad earned the high honor of becoming an Eagle Scout, a distinction he’s still proud of, and rightly so, to this day. I see the value of engaging kids in the Scouts, particularly as it applies to learning about and practicing responsibility, safety, honor, community service and commitment.

But in all good conscience, I could never allow my children to be part of any group that discriminates against anyone simply because of their sexual orientation. And just today the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed that their controversial policy banning gay scouts and leaders will stand, according to NBC News.

A committee of volunteers and professional leaders convened in 2010 to review the Boy Scouts policy.

According to a statement released to the Associated Press:

“The committee included a diversity of perspectives and opinions. The review included forthright and candid conversation and extensive research and evaluations — both from within Scouting and from outside the organization. The committee’s work and conclusion is that this policy reflects the beliefs and perspectives of the BSA’s members, thereby allowing Scouting to remain focused on its mission and the work it is doing to serve more youth.”

How any organization with a mission that includes “character building” could shun boys simply because they’re gay or den leaders because they might be gay or lesbian is shameful. Through their exclusion they’re teaching intolerance, hate and bigotry. Few lessons are more important, I think, than inclusion, tolerance and compassion, no matter how many other good deeds are performed and badges earned.

While in the past I’ve looked at Boy Scouts with much admiration, the day has officially come where I now look at them with disgust. That day is today. And it is a sad one.

Would you let your son become a Boy Scout knowing they discriminate against homosexuals?

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