Boy Scout Leaders Earn the Close-Mindedness Badge
Boy Scouts of America leaders have been working hard, and it’s all paid off! They’ve earned the merit badge for Close Mindedness!
Resident dreamy college student-turned LGBT activist Zach “I Love My Two Moms” Wahls, along with Change.org, presented Boy Scouts of America with a petition, complete with over 275,000 signatures. The petition called for BSA to end its ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.
Apparently, the leaders at BSA told Wahls that they were looking at their policies and considering changes, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Robert Mazzuca, chief executive of the Scouts confirmed Wednesday a resolution was referred to a committee for review after receiving the petition last week, but told USA Today that “we have no plans at the moment to make any changes.”
It’s a shame that they can be this dead-set against progressive change, isn’t it?
While questionable and a smidge despicable, what they’re doing isn’t illegal. Back in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Boy Scouts of America in a case involving this exact thing.
James Dale was a gay scout leader, and was ousted after they discovered he was gay. The court ruled that, since BSA was a private organization, forcing them to admit someone that didn’t “uphold their beliefs” was a violation of its First Amendment right of Freedom of Association.
So, while not illegal, it’s still kind of crappy.
I thought that the Boy Scouts was a place for boys to go to learn values like helping others, being good citizens, etc. How is discriminating against them because of their sexuality going to help anyone?
What do you guys think? Should Boy Scouts change with the time, or is it wrong to try and change the organization?
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(via LGBTQ Nation)