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  •  It's actually more 'controlled' by the Mormon/LDS (10+ / 0-)

    Church than by fundamentalist/evangelical Christian churches.  The Mormon/LDS Church uses the Boy Scouts as a de facto youth group for their male youth.  Two of my best friends are Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters and believe that until the influence of the Mormon/LDS Church in general, and the anti-gay discrimination in particular, is eliminated from scouting that involvement will continue to wane.

    There are many who love scouting, but hate what it has become politically over the years, yet they still participate in an attempt to work for change through the system.  I'm one of those people. My son wanted to get involved in scouting, and after a frank discussion with him about the pros and cons of Cub Scouts my wife an I decided to allow it...on one condition...that my wife and I get involved with the Pack as adult leaders so as to ensure we would be around to temper egregious and intolerant attitudes and discussions in committee meetings, den meetings, and pack meetings.  It's been hard, and we've had some issues, but overall I believe that my wife and I have had some effect for change in our local pack and our son's experience has been largely positive.

    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - T. Roosevelt

    by ranger31 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 09:49:02 AM PDT

    •  There are good and bad in every organization (1+ / 0-)
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      Hamish in CT

      Unfortunately, here in southeastern Idaho, the Boy Scouts are run by some truly contemptable creeps. And, sadly, they happen to be members of the LDS faith.

      When protecting a pedophile to cover your scouting organization's ass takes precedence over the welfare of children in your care, you know that group's "leadership" is rotten to the core. They've even got a multi-millionaire bigot trying to buy them good publicity.

      Idaho Falls, Idaho Post-Register award-winning series, "Scout's honor."


      Tilting at windmills, with the proper armor and enough firepower, can be a productive effort.

      by Serephin on Wed Jul 19, 2006 at 10:02:13 AM PDT

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