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Philly Shows What Brotherly Love Is All About By Showing The Boy Scouts The Door

Updated on June 3, 2008

While the rest of the country watched the democrats duke it out today I found myself drawn to a small story on NPR (National Public Radio) online that piqued my interest for a few reasons, 1) I was born in Philadelphia, 2) I was kicked out of the Cub Scouts (long before their ban on gays) and 3) And I'm a gay man who couldn't teach the Scouts how to scout even if I could make a fire with bark and my teeth. So when I read the following news story, it made me gay (in every sense of the word). Philly shows what brotherly love is all about by showing the Boy Scouts the door - Don't Get Me Started!

Here's the original story in its entirety:

Philly Plans to Evict Boy Scouts for Policy on Gays

by Joel Rose

All Things Considered, June 3, 2008 ยท This week, the city of Philadelphia begins formally evicting the local Boy Scouts of America chapter from the building it has occupied rent-free for 80 years.

The city had given the local chapter until May 31 to defy the national Scouts policy against admitting gay members or start paying $200,000 a year in rent. Instead, the Scouts filed a federal lawsuit last week claiming the city is singling out the group for punishment, in violation of its First Amendment rights.

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Now I think the Scouts are great for a lot of reasons but when they chose to have ignorance, intolerance and hate as their values by getting rid of gay scout masters for fear they would "recruit" young men into gayness, they lost me (and not just because I'm gay). You see, when I was in scouting there seemed to be a lot or lessons about navigation. Sure there was the standard how to read a compass kind of lessons but there was also navigation about the principals which were supposed to guide you in living your life; kindness, compassion and above all being a gentlemen. But I've seen a lot of hate in my lifetime and it's almost always delivered with a gentlemen's smile as he's stabbing you in the back.

As history and the front page of newspapers have shown, the Scouts have less to worry about gay scout masters than they do say child molesting priests. And isn't it funny that the priests who violated children themselves hid behind gentlemanly smiles and their piety as they ruined lives too?

Okay, so the Scouts have proven legally that they should be allowed to admit and omit whomever they want. Good for them I guess but it doesn't mean that tax dollars should continue to pay and condone their un-scoutly like behavior. For the first time (maybe ever) we're seeing a city government that is protecting the people it represents and showing some real "brotherly love." So on behalf of not gays but people with a conscious, "thank you Philadelphia" for helping us remember that there's more than a bell that stands for liberty and a hall where our founding fathers fought for all men to be treated equal in your city. There are also true leaders there who will hopefully help us navigate our way into a more caring and brighter future.

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      OMG - and thank YOU for the real scoop!!!! Had no idea.

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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      I saw a great piece on the Boy Scouts on Bullshit (the Penn & Teller show) and it showed how the Boy Scouts have been taken over by the LDS (a process that started in the 1980s) and how they conveniently choose to say they're a private organization (so they can discriminate) sometimes, and public (so they get access to buildings below cost or free) at other times. Thanks for bringing attention to this.

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      Emanuele Cauda 9 years ago

      I heard the story as well here in Pittsburgh. I didn't listen to story from the beginning and thus I was not sure what kind of intolerance was involved. I googled, found the story and found your website. well done.


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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I heard that story on NPR today - and it's interesting. I agree with you that tax dollars shouldn't go towards something that condones intolerance.