Boy Scouts' Gay Announcement Could Be Their Undoing

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Boy ScoutsThe Boy Scouts of America has announced they will continue to discriminate against gay kids and adults alike, just as they have for years. I'll say this for the BSA, they're consistent. They consistently disappoint American parents and bring shame to the thousands upon thousands of boys who came up through their ranks over the years.

The organization is considered one of the largest of American youth with 2.7 million members. And yet, the announcement made to the press today shows just how out of touch the gay-hating Boy Scouts are with the kids in America.

The irony is the Boy Scouts claim theirs is a program that "builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness." But their promotion of discrimination is in direct opposition to the concept of character, and their refusal to change with the times means the children in their ranks are being ill-prepared for the real world, where they will be citizens adrift.

Consider this: the average age most homosexual Americans come out of the closet used to be sometime in the mid-20s. Now it's in the mid-teens, due largely to the fact that they find a more accepting environment. Six in 10 teenagers say homosexuality is a "way of life" and think it should be accepted in society.

And these are the people the Boy Scouts wants to show up to Scout meetings and try to attain the Eagle rank? Not likely.

And let's talk about the adults who the BSA thinks should volunteer to lend a hand as Scout masters. It's been two years since America officially crossed the symbolic "50 percent support" threshold for support of gays and lesbians. These days more parents think discrimination against the LGBT community is wrong.

Come to think of it, with the number of people they won't be serving, it's only a matter of time before the Boy Scouts runs out of people to peddle its narrow world view to. It sounds like the decisions makers at the Boy Scouts of America are signing their own death warrant.

What do you make of the Boy Scouts' refusal to change?


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paren... parentalrights1

My kids will not be joining the boy scouts and shame on parents who think this crap is okay. It's sad to think their are parents out there who think like this and potentially pass it on to their kids.

Thankfully though, more and more adults are telling their homophobic parents to kick rocks.

Jscot... Jscott1216

My kids will never be a part of such a biggoted organization and I agree with parental, shame on them for passing these awful opinions and thoughts and beliefs onto innocent children. It's disgusting!

nonmember avatar Shelly

I don't think SINGLE men (meaning, men with no child in the troop) should be allowed to be a leader. Gay, straight...I don't care!! I don't want some dude with no personal tie to that troop hanging around, it's strange. I don't think sexuality should matter, but I think the person should not be random.

Mrscj... Mrscjones

Let me just say I fully support any lgbt person in the world matter of fact I believe they should be able to marry, get benefits, adopt and anything else that two people in love gets to do. But bsa is a religious organization most religions are against homosexuality. You can't demand that somebody respect your views and opinions then when others have views different from yours they're not accepted. Not everybody in the world is going to like homosexuals just like everybody don't like black people, red heads, women and even men. Why would you want a gay teen who right now are at the top of suicide lists to take part in an organization that don't want them. There are plenty of scouts programs that are accepting be around people that actually want you.

Homeb... HomebirthFTW

I hate this about them and am really going to struggle with what to do with my son. I watched and helped my nephews in boy scouts, it was awesome, we had so much fun. They both are great kids, are still in scouts but know are family doesn't agree with discrimination. Honestly, I'll probably enroll my son and just work harder to be sure we're the stronger influence.

Homeb... HomebirthFTW

We're also atheist so that's another thing he'll just have to overlook.

2boys... 2boysmama311

I fully support the rights of all LGBT persons, just like I support organizations that have their own set of rules, and beliefs. There are clubs, organizations, etc.. that are just for African-Americans, Women, Men, Computer Scientists, Catholics, Lawyers, you name it. The Boy Scouts of America are really no different, than any of these groups. They are not federally funded, they are an organization that has a rule set in place for their own reasons. We may not like it, but they have the right to do it. 


TLVitale TLVitale

As someone who worked at a scout camp, is married to an eagle scout, and is the sister-in-law to two other eagle scouts, I have to say what you're saying is wrong. Yes, they are a religious organization and yes they do not allow gay participants (I should say openly, bc I know several gay eagle scouts as well, that knew they were gay while they participated and honestly a lot of their fellow scouts suspected and didn't care at all), but to suggest that they sit around and preach awful things about how you should hate gay people is plain wrong. Obviously, you can take away some negativity regarding the fact that they aren't allowed to join, and make your own assumptions about gay people based on that fact, and that's sad (as someone who fully supports the gay community), but not allowing people to join your group is not the same as a group that sits around gay bashing all day. That's just not what the group is about. So to say that it's horrible that parents are allowing their kids to hear this hateful message by being In scouts is absurd. All of my husbands best, lifelong friends are from scouts and not one of them is a gay bashing a-hole. Cont'd

TLVitale TLVitale

Some of them are gay. Some of them have strict christian beliefs and don't agree with homosexuality, but they would never reject their friends. You hate the sin, not the sinner, as they'd put it. Is it unfortunate that they don't allow gay kids, yes, but its a private group and they can do as they please. Just don't be so close minded as to think this means they're raising generations of gay bashers via brain washing, bc they're not. Give your kids some credit. I formed my opinions on life from a variety of places, not from being in the girl scouts briefly or from a clique of high school friends or any actual organizations I belonged to.

Carri... Carrie_Jo

This is disgusting.....they should not be teaching children to not accept someone for something they do not agree with about them. Period. This is not about religion, it is ridiculous for people to put it on that. It is no different than discrimination!!


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