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Boy Scout Leaders Contribute to Bullying

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 07:30 PM

Isn’t it outrageous that the adult leaders of Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed their policy of discriminating against children whose sexual orientation is homosexual, as well as employees, including scoutmasters, whose sexual orientation is homosexual?

Shouldn’t decisions on being able to serve in the Boy Scouts as a scout, scoutmaster or employee be made on the basis of the conduct of the individual?

Jennifer Tyrrell and her her son Cruz Burns, 7, deliver a petition with 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging the organization to abandon its policy of excluding gays.
(AP Photo)
Girl Scouts, I believe, have no such ban. If a Boy Scout or scoutmaster engages in inappropriate conduct in carrying out his duties to the organization, including sexual conduct, kick him out.

Whether the sexual conduct is heterosexual or homosexual is immaterial.

We no longer have a drafted army where the young men of this country can learn to live cooperatively with one another and respect one another.

The next best place to do that is in the volunteer scout movement which attracts millions of young people.

If the Boy Scouts of America says to its young charges by excluding boys who are gay — that such boys are to be avoided and condemned because of their sexual orientation — the organization is contributing to the problem of bullying against homosexual youths.

If the scout leaders refuse to change this policy, every city and state where Boy Scouts are provided any special privileges by government should immediately end them.

How wonderful it would be if fair and likeminded people supporting the scout movement created an alternative to the existing bigoted organization.

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