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BSA: Gay Youth OK, Gay Adults Not

BSA Proposal would admit impressionable gay youth

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So, when the question of whether to admit gay children and adults to the BSA (Boys Scouts of America) is asked, money talks and equality walks. Because 75% of scout troops are either sponsored or organized by anti-gay faith groups like the Mormon and Catholic churches, the “compromise” proposal before the BSA Board is to admit gay children and youth but continue the ban on gay adults. That will mean, and this is not speculation but confirmed fact, that when a gay scout becomes an adult, he will be forced to resign from scouting if he does not renounce his homosexuality.

How is this accepting and inclusive? Gay or questioning scouts will continue to have scout leaders who have very little understanding of their particular issues. They will be presented, by these leaders they are taught to respect, with the information that scouting will accept them when they are children, but not as adults. That scouting doesn’t like or accept gay adults. Hence, being a gay adult must be bad. They will be taught shame.

As for scouts who have gay parents, well, their folks will still be banned from participating in their scouting life… so being gay must be bad. These children and youth will be taught to be ashamed of their parents. They will make up stories to excuse their parents from being scout leaders, and when the truth comes out, they will be held in contempt or pity by their fellow scouts.

The BSA isn’t prepared to be truly inclusive, as that will lose them the financial support of their faith-based sponsors and the participation of their intolerant members. Fine. Let them continue to be exclusive.

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I sincerely mean that. For the sakes of our LGBTQ children and families, we need to not submit them to the lessons in shame that await them under this “inclusion” policy. Our boys and girls and their parents need a truly accepting scouting tradition. We and our friends in the general population of America need to support the growth of the alternative scouting organizations. They have been growing by leaps and bounds, as people have decided to establish and lead truly inclusive troops; boys, girls, LGBTQ, everyone welcome and valued for their unique contributions.

To learn more about these alternatives to traditional exclusive scouting as practiced by the BSA, follow this link: The Inclusive Scouting Network

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4 Responses to BSA: Gay Youth OK, Gay Adults Not

  1. alan

    April 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    So…..When the scout turns 18 he must resign or be kicked out???

    • Pat Carbonell

      April 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Yes. When a gay scout turns 18, he becomes anathema, and has to leave. The actual wording is something like ‘upon becoming an adult, a scout must abide by the adult rules’. When the rep for the Scouts was asked if that meant leave or be kicked out, he answered ‘yes’.

  2. P Smith

    April 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Since only straight adults are allowed in the scouts, that means all the adults in the scouts who molested children are heterosexuals. Doesn’t that mean we should be monitoring straight adults instead?

    Banning gay adults insinuates that gays molest. If gay men were child molesters, why do girls make up 75% of abuse victims yet only 50% children? (Source: NIH) No doubt the straights who abuse want gay children in as easier targets, as less likely to be believed when the actual predators abuse them.

    If the BS…I mean, BSA were “so concerned” about gays and children of the same gender, they could easily solve the problem. Let lesbians in the boy scouts and gay men in the girl scouts. Then there wouldn’t be any “problem”, and the kids and adults would have common interests.

    • Pat Carbonell

      April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      The BSA would like to be able to claim all incidents of molestation occurred at the hands of closeted gays rather than pedophiles.

      That said, the primary reason the faith-based supporters of the BSA want gay adults banned is because they firmly oppose homosexuality. The assumptions with gay children are that (a) they’re not “practicing” gays yet, and (b) get ‘em young and train ‘em right and you can save them from the evil gay lifestyle. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one step away from ex-gay therapy.