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No Gay Boys for the Boy Scouts of America
A long time ago, I was in the Cub Scouts. Our Cub master was a guy in the Navy and the leader of our troop of boys of about 12. He was very nice, had a flat top haircut, but, a little too nice with us. Nothing happened and he was very knowledgeable with knots, which was a requirement for a Wolf badge. Even at that young age of seven, I sensed he was different. Not sure what it was, maybe he was a bit too touchy and nice, plus, his voice was not deep. Then, during a camping trip, one of the older boys said he was "queer", another said, "homo". That was the first time I had heard those words. I had to ask my older brother what they meant. Even after he explained it, I didn't really understand. Our cub scout leader was eventually replaced.
Today, things remain the same in the Boy Scouts, an organization that helps develops morally correct young men. The organization, after a two year study, remains anti-gay and excludes any gay boys. The main reason cited is that this is what the parents wanted to organization to do. Their decision is fully supported by the U.S. Supreme Court because it is a private organization. The gay organizations indicated that the Boy Scouts teach division and intolerance of others. The Girl Scouts of America has taken the opposite position- they accept gay girls.
How do you feel?
Should a private organization have the right to exclude a group on sexual orientation? Do gay scout leaders push their own "gay" issues on impressionable young kids? Are they able to actually present an unbiased approach? Does allowing gay kids into scouting open the door for intolerance from others? Could gay scout leaders also be pedophiles in hiding? Is intolerance always a bad thing?
There are million issues and reasons both sides could claim to this issue. Most are legitimate concerns from both groups. Parents have their own rights to raise their kids under their beliefs. The Boy Scouts of America have theirs as well.
Maybe it would be easier just to have a Gay Scout organization. They already have Gay communities and retirement homes. Each to their own. One does not have to accept every lifestyle on the planet. A private organization should have a right to exclude whomever they want. Those who are excluded have a right to call them racists or whatever.