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Boy Scouts Asking For Public Input On Lifting Ban

boy scoutsAs you probably heard, the Boy Scouts of America is considering lifting its ban on openly gay scouts and scoutmasters. Well, we’ve gotten a note from GLAAD indicating the BSA is accepting public feedback about the possible change.

Calls are being accepted at the BSA’s National Service desk at 972-580-2330, where a representative asks callers: “Are you for or against the change in policy?”
You can also e-mail nationalsupportcenter@scouting.org, or visit GLAAD’s resource page, Tell the Boy Scouts for more options.
A vote is expected to be taken during the Boy Scouts’ National Board of Directors meeting, which wraps February 6. So don’t dally—contact them today!
A side note: We’re excited at the prospect of the ban lifting, but according to the New York Times, they’re just passing the buck to the regional chapters:

“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” said a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, Deron Smith, in a statement. “This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.”

That means gay kids who happen to grow up in progressive neighborhoods will be welcomed with open arms. But those in small-minded communities face the same ban they always have.

Does that make sense?

We encourage everyone to contact the Scouts and urge them to end this ban—and maybe adopt a national non-discrimination policy while they’re at it.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 30, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • vklortho
      vklortho

      At least it’s getting better somewhere. Of course changing their policy instead of delegating downwards would be better.

      Jan 30, 2013 at 7:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • searchcz
      searchcz

      The Boy Scouts of America say that they “provide a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness” and that they “build the future leaders of this country” – according to their website, scouting.org.

      Character, leadership and responsible citizenship. An organization with these characteristics would have the courage to make their own decision to do the right thing here, rather than creating some public opinion poll that they can hide behind. What a poor example to the youth that the BSA purports to lead.

      Jan 30, 2013 at 8:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Please, when ever you ask the majority in reference to the minority, the majority sides with the majority.

      This is only becoming awkward for the Mormon/Christian run Boy Scouts because of the corporate donors pulling out . . . for years they have discriminated while continuing to to use Govt. facilities for meetings/camps at no cost.

      Jan 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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