Friday, April 19, 2013

What you need to know as the Scouts grudgingly move to acceptance

It is important to understand that the Boy Scouts of America is vary much a religious organization. A large percentage of councils are sponsored by either the Mormon or Roman Catholic church. The process of not ousting or rejecting gay Scouts is becoming more drawn out and complex than the repeal of DADT.

The proposed "Membership Standards" is a lengthy document that concludes:
WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America will maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
The following membership standard for youth members of the Boy Scouts of America is hereby adopted and approved, effective Jan. 1, 2014:

Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. 
I can accept incremental improvement. Nevertheless, not accepting openly gay leaders is a form of bigotry based on an inaccurate stereotype. I am puzzled as to why they had to get in that reference to sexual preference. Assuming that this change is approved in May, I find it amazing that they need seven months to stop turning away gay kids.

Nevertheless, it is progress.
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