BSA Proposal would admit impressionable gay youth
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.
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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