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  •  I really am with you on this (0+ / 0-)

    Yes there is more than one way to look at things but not only do you make some pretty telling arguments, there is more than that going on.

    It is quite by intention that no out gay adults will be accepted because that means a troop member who is beginning to question whether he's totally heterosexual will have nobody in authority to look to as a role model and quite possibly nobody he can turn to with a guarantee of being understood and with a guarantee that his confidence will be kept.

    And while this certainly won't be the case in all troops, there is the decided possibility that those scouts who begin to come out will be shamed on religious grounds with the intention of "converting" them. Again, it is not a certainty that this sort of thing will happen everywhere, even where it is most probable, because all it takes is one person with an enlightened perspective, willing to speak out, to defeat that. But it isn't something that can be guaranteed either. So while it may not be an actual intention of the new rule, it is a failing so obvious that not to address it essentially constitutes creating a potentially unsafe environment for a certain proportion of the membership.

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