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  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)
    Nobody is asserting that a church should be forced to accept a scout troop it doesn't want
    I think a lot of people are indeed asserting that all scout units should be open to troops who are gay. A church, or any other scouting sponsor, should be forced to accept a troop it doesn't want, if the reason is that the troop is gay.
    •  A troop _is_ a unit (0+ / 0-)

      You seem to have interpreted "scout troop" as meaning "scout."

      Some churches are refusing to sponsor or host scouting troops because they disagree with the new policy -- regardless of whether any scouts in the troop even are gay, never mind anything else.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:31:17 AM PDT

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    •  I don't see how you can do that. (0+ / 0-)

      If a church doesn't want to sponsor a scout troop for whatever reason, you can't force them to.  If they think the kids will make a mess.... or they're noisy....  or the scout master is a jerk & they don'' want to deal with him anymore....  There are a lot of reasons besides gay scouts that any organization might not want to sponsor a troop.

      In this case, it's prejudice against gay scouts.  So it's not inconvenience, but intolerance.  and that sucks.

      Still, if they don't want the scout troop there, they can make it very unpleasant & difficult for the kids and that's a bad situation.  And I really know of no way to force them to accept a troop.

      They seem immune to public shaming and just about any other tactic.

      However, the Boy Scout leadership should be showing, well... LEADERSHIP and drop any sponsoring organization that demands to be able to do stuff like require the scout leader to "demonstrate heterosexual values."

      Instead of cozying up to them and offering a "wink, wink, nod, nod" instruction email to let them get away with discrimination, the scouts should tell them they "aren't welcome as sponsors" because scouting is committed in inclusion, not exclusion.

      But the Alabama council has decided to against that, sadly.

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      by countrycat on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:34:53 AM PDT

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