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April 20, 2013 - 11:13 am

In a significant climb down, the Boy Scouts of America are about to pass a resolution that would lift the ban on gay scouts, but maintain it for adults.

Washington Post:

The shift comes after a review of the long-standing policy that began in February, with surveys of adult members, parents, alumni, teens, donors, religious partners and scouting leaders. Since the Boy Scouts announced in January that they would reconsider the ban, both supporters and opponents of the ban have been lobbying leadership aggressively.

“While perspectives and opinions vary significantly, parents, adults in the Scouting community, and teens alike tend to agree that youth should not be denied the benefits of Scouting,” the organization said in a statement. According to the group’s review, a majority of adults in the organization’s community still support the ban. However, parents under 50 oppose it. So do teens both inside and outside the Boy Scouts. Slightly less than half of parents of current scouts support it.

The group originally considered a compromise that would let local scouting organizations decide their own policies on homosexuals. The study found that idea generally unpopular.

Under the new resolution, the Boy Scouts will continue to bar adult leaders “who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

Religious chartered organizations, which run the majority of Boy Scout units, told the national group that they were particularly concerned with allowing gay adult leaders and that including both gay youths and adults could cost the organization over 100,000 members.

There are about 2.7 million youth members of the Boy Scouts and about 1 million adult leaders. About 70 percent of units are chartered by faith-based organizations, with the Mormon church leading the most groups.

Despite disagreement about the ban, parents, teens and the scouting community at large agreed that an openly gay youth should not be denied an Eagle Scout award because of his sexual orientation. A 16-year-old gay scout from California, Ryan Andresen, was denied the Eagle Scout badge last year and has been held up by opponents as an example of the current policy’s injustice. A lesbian mother also became a national figure last year when she was removed from her position as den mother in a Cub Scout troop.

It’s logically inconsistent to allow gay scouts but not gay scoutmasters. But then, there is no logic at work here — just fear and emotion. The BSA doesn’t want to be seen as bigoted or out of touch with the modern world. At the same time, they can only go so far in accommodating their critics before their religious affiliates revolt. Hence, this very unsatisfactory compromise that will only embolden their critics and upset the churches.

If scouting is supposed to mold young boys into men with good character, then teaching a lesson in tolerance is not a bad idea. But placing limits on that tolerance by denying adult males the opportunity to impart their life lessons to the young based on their sexual orientation is confusing and ultimately, self defeating for the cause of scouting.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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It is grossly unfair to prevent our precious would-be homo Scout Masters from having access to all the clean, fresh meat (and from each other).
51 weeks ago
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Funny stuff: After the Gay Lobby failed to force the BSA to accept gay scoutmasters, someone convinced the Scouts to accept gay *boys.*

Does anyone on earth doubt that within a year or two a gay scout will sue the organization for millions for some form of claimed injury because they didn't have a suitable gay scoutmaster to make him feel accepted?

If you can't achieve your goal straight-on, use a bank-shot.
52 weeks ago
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Slowly but surely LGBT and its paedophilia agenda is "spreading its wings" as Vito Russo is wont to have stated. It's the children stupid!Chldren, in American schools, organizations and civil unions. Here's proof!
Not satisfied with a frontal attack on: 1) Judeo-Christian heritage in the USA, 2) and introduction of a Bible re-written to satisfy all Gay Movement adherents,3) a new slant to this argument is surfacing, namely, “civil rights.”
In order to understand this new twist to World Gay Movements into “civil rights”, the argument has to be defined in actual terms and examined historically, so goes LGBT's narrative.
Couple this LGBT movement with Islamism's movement and America has the "Perfect Storm" and it wasn't hurricane 'Sandy.'
Here's just a thumbnail sketch of what is in store for America:
Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. You know, Islam preaches and allows paedophilia.
When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well.
Here's how it begins:
1)As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country they will, for the most part, be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and non threatening to other citizens. For example:
United States -- Muslim 0.6%
Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
China -- Muslim 1.8%
Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
Norway -- Muslim 1.8%
2)If this increases to, say, 2% to 5%, of a nations population Islamists begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups. Principally, major recruiting efforts from within jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:
Denmark -- Muslim 2%
Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7%
Spain -- Muslim 4%
Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%
3)Raising to 5% or more, Islamists will exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example: They push for introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food thereby guaranteeing food preparation jobs for Muslims Then Islamists will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- coupled with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
France -- Muslim 8%
Philippines -- Muslim 5%
Sweden -- Muslim 5%
Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%
4) 5% and above of any nations general population, Islamists will work to get government administration to allow their ruling themselves (mostly within their ghettos) under Sharia, Islams Law.
The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. LGBT movement and Islamists have one common goal in mind...greed and power and decimation of capitalism. Wake-up, America. Pray. Amen. Tell Boy Scouts leaders, the LGBT (Gay Movement)and its agenda is a shill for destroying American Exxceptionalism!
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I've been around long enough to have seen 'Christianity' evolve from where it once was preceeding WWII -- individuals making a covenant with God to organized religions of gods attempting to do GODs work suposedly in Gods name. Whatever happened to people spending their lives trying to live up to their own covenants with God and being examples in life and in word and let God do the works he says is His to do? How did we ever get to the place where all your sins are okay but not your neighbors sins? How did we ever get to this point in time where God says mortals are to sit in His place of judgement of mankind?

If you're trying to live yuour covenants with God their a pretty slim change some gay is going to convert you. Likewise if you raise up your children right and in the right environment theres a pretty slim chance somebody is going to convert them to being gay -- though science is of Gods hand and there is still some questions in the full spectrum of gay regard.
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