Boy Scouts of America: End Discrimination. Period.

The Boy Scouts of America owe it to themselves to do the right thing and end discrimination, period.


I first wrote about this topic in July http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/and-morally-straight, where I examined how the scout's anti-gay policy is totally ridiculous and harmful. 

Today, the momentum for change continues. Yay! Countless Eagle Scouts have returned their badges in protest; some community organizations, local municipalities and places of worship are not permitting the scouts to meet in their spaces; and prominent corporate sponsors are looking to divest. And there is great excitement about the proposed steps the Boy Scouts of America might take to work towards ending their discriminatory policy. Yet, many of us are not thrilled about the proposal. 

The Boy Scouts of America are trying to decide this issue by leaving it up to individual troops. At first this sounds wonderful---- for the first time in history we might have some troops that will allow lesbian parents to have children in the scouts, allow openly gay troop leaders and permit openly gay scouts to earn their badges. On the flip-side, this means that there will still be troops that are causing harm, and because of the proposed change, are now actively enforcing a politic based on the devaluing of our LGBT neighbors and children, by choosing to not allow inclusion.  

I ask this: why was it OK for the scouts, as an institution, to have a policy that banned gay inclusion totally (even when troops and regions didn’t want it banned) but not OK to discuss a policy that clearly states that it is against the values of the scouts to discriminate. While many call this incrementalism progress, I throw the metaphorical challenge flag. How would we feel as a society, if all our private institutions had policies, in writing, which state that they can selectively discriminate against groups of people who are historically and currently marginalized? 

I appreciate the national dialogue we are having. But I think we need to work harder. I call on us to ask ourselves if this is really the change we want to see. 

In my opinion, The Boy Scouts of America owe it to themselves to do the right thing and end discrimination, period. 

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Teleman February 04, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Felicia,I am in full agreement with you I was being sarcastic- the liberal mentality that seeks to destroy the family unit leaves us with all of those things you mention above- these same people use abortion as a form of birth control- and we wonder why we have young twenty-something's comitting mass shootings of children?
Yorktowner February 04, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Well I'm glad that you are at least in favor of allowing Gay marriage and encouraging gay couples to adopt, since you appreciate the importance of marriage and the family unit. That's something.
Yorktowner February 04, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I've flagged this as inappropriate. Patch should not allow comments that defame whole groups of people--especially ones that are this idiotic.
Maureen February 05, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Mr. Coe: The trouble that I have with what you wrote is that you were not honest with the reader. Had you started the blog by saying that you were a gay person and if you had been a member of the Boy Scouts and could say something about the scouting experience from that perspective, I would have found the article worthwhile. Instead, it just became an attack on a private institution from behind your white picket fence. Further, I referred to my "gay child". Why would you make the jump to concluding that my son was male?
Maureen February 05, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Correction: Why would you make the jump to concluding that my SON was male? Should read Why would you make the jump to concluding that my CHILD was male? My gay child is a daughter.


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