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  •  The boys can also volunteer at the food banks (4+ / 0-)

    directly themselves, through the Boy Scouts or on their own.  Nothing's stopping them.  But if they're old enough to lift bags and sort cans, they're old enough to know what the Boy Scouts of America really is.

    As for the kids' feelings, I participated in many a "tag day" donation drive for the team sports I played, and usually there was some old person (often a woman) telling us girls shouldn't play sports.  That was a sexist and retrograde message.

    The diarists' message, on the other hand, is one of inclusion and noble sentiment.  And it might just be an important message for a young Scout to get, either if he realizes later that he's gay himself, or if he decides he wants to be a straight ally.

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    by cai on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:11:03 PM PST

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    •  P.S. -- Importantly, while I got annoyed (2+ / 0-)
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      with these old people telling me I shouldn't play sports, it did not damage me: I had parents and friends and coaches and all the OTHER old people who thought we were cute saying, "Yes, you should play sports.  It's great that you play sports."

      Meanwhile, kids in the Boy Scouts are part of an organization that may teach important lessons, but also demands that kids (and adults) meet their exclusionary idea of what a Scout can be: no gays, no atheists.

      Society at large is still virulently homophobic, and many churches still preach a gospel of hate, not only for gays, but for anyone who questions their teachings.

      It's possible these kids have no one in their lives saying it's ok to be who they are.

      And the diarist would be one small voice saying it is.

      That's laudable.

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      by cai on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:17:54 PM PST

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