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  •  "Boy Scouts of America believes that (1+ / 0-)
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    homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting’s values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position."
    I think this statement by the BSA explicitly states what they mean by "morally straight" - traditional, heterosexual morality.

    Re: your assertion that scouting is not a religious organization, although that might be true of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the BSA is a decidedly religious organization - it discriminates against atheists and agnostics.

    Preventing the BSA from becoming irrelevant in today's world will require persistent efforts by dedicated and passionate supporters like you. You'll have to continually chip away at the exclusionary "traditionalists" in their leadership and push them to become a truly diverse, inclusive organization. "Don't ask, don't tell" about a scout's belief system or sexual orientation won't cut it, although they may try to adopt a DADT-like strategy in order to avoid having to actively welcome gays and non-believers into their midst.

    I'm sure you'll be respectful and polite as you do so - good luck!

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:53:14 PM PST

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