Should Boy Scouts allow gay members and leaders?

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  • Contrarius Lebanon, TN
    April 22, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    Tony Perkins --

    "An organization that teaches character, courage and conviction shouldn't be exploited for the purpose of sexualized political correctness."

    Mr. Perkins seems to believe that homosexuality is incompatible with "character, courage and conviction". Try telling that to the gay soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, or to the gay policemen, firefighters, and other gay men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. And remember Sally Ride? The first American woman in space? You think she didn't have "character, courage and conviction"? Yup, she was homosexual, too.

    "It would also place these impressionable young men at risk to unwanted exposure to values and behaviors contrary to those taught by their parents and pastors."

    Being exposed to a wide range of ideas and perspectives is called "Life". Sheltering our children from all opposing viewpoints is a lousy way to prepare them for the real world.

    "A similar policy, forced on Scouts in Canada, resulted in a 50 percent drop in membership."

    This claim is disingenuous at best. Membership in Scouts Canada has actually been declining steadily since **1983** -- well before any policy changes about gay members.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 22, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Yes? No?

    Who cares?

    It'll all soon be irrelevant to Utah Scouts and Scouters, anyway.

    BSA has a right to do what it wants, of course. It's National Council has clearly made up its collective mind already to cave in to evil liberal, libertine pressures. The obvious next step is that Church-supported councils and troops will leave the program, largely built with, and supported by, LDS financial and volunteer support, at both institutional and personal levels.

    It'll be a sad day, but we'll be OK. The Church will replace scouting with something that will probably look a lot like it, but be more closely tailored to the Church's mission.

    Scouting, on the other hand, will quickly fade into insignificance, consigned to fond memories of yesteryear and the good ol' days.

    It's sad that liberals feel compelled to be so destructive of anything good and decent.