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  •  This is actually a really good move forward (10+ / 0-)

    and I think credit should be given to the individual units who fought for this after the meeting recently where they decided to reaffirm the ban.

    As a very involved parent who has one Eagle scout and another Life scout working towards Eagle this ban has been a huge problem for my family. I believe the kids in scouting can make this change.

    Our charter organization is a very progressive Presbyterian church which would not approve of a ban like this.

    People need to understand that each charter organization has final say over who can be in the troop. If a church wants to prevent muslims from being in their boy scout troop they can do that and the involved members have no say.

    BUT

    Members can choose to move to another troop and their advancements and awards follow them. If one troop chooses to ban homosexual members then people can move to one that is more accepting.

    I really hope this happens soon!

    Since when is the party that embraces all the top tenets of Satan allowed to call the God shots?--wyvern

    by voracious on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:09:14 AM PST

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    •  The cool troop will attract more kids (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      The troop my son joined as a cub scout 15 years ago in very wealthy town in Marin County, CA made a decision that we wouldn't discriminate. Because all of us were intelligent and accomplished we had less hesitance to run things our own way.

      I have to admit it wasn't in our charter, but as we formed our cub troop one of the parents, a medical professional, offered to lead with the understanding he was agnostic, wasn't into the religious stuff, didn't discriminate against gays, and expected everyone to be welcome and respected.  I have gay relatives, too, so this made it easy to sign on.

      I eventually ran our pack and enjoyed it.  We were one of the cool troops whenever we went places and encountered other troops. Kids had fun, parents participated, we did lots of energetic outdoor activities because the parents were in good shape, the cubs pulled each other along and earned lots of badges.

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