Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts considering end to ban on gay scouts

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

click to enlarge 1359398437-eagles.jpg

eagles.jpg
NBC News is reporting that the Boy Scouts of America is considering an end to its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

I hope so.

I joined many others in sending the BSA my Eagle Scout badge (photo is from a Tumblr page devoted to such letters) after the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the gay ban last summer. My letter drew no acknowledgment from the chief scout executive. Which was a response of a sort, I guessed. Solicited for a contribution to scouting outside a grocery store later, I told the leader working with the kids, with sadness, that I couldn't support a discriminatory organization, despite my own past as a scout and Cub Scout dean leader. He sympathized, in a very kind way. Like many in the organization, he, too, didn't support the policy. But he believed in scouting and its benefit for kids. Maybe people like him, working in the system, had an impact.

The Scouts seem to be moving toward a practice where sponsoring organizations would determine membership guidelines in accordance with their beliefs. (Here's the full statement.) Churches sponsor many scout troops, so the change wouldn't likely mean open doors to gay scouting participants everywhere. Many groups would discriminate. You can't help but wonder if the groups that retain exclusionary policies would want to "fellowship" with the more diverse troops at summer camps, camporees, soapbox derbies and all the other group scouting activities. Or would summer camps be segregated, as they were by race in the old days, to prevent sharing of water fountains and the like?

Tags: , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Most Shared

  • The story of Jimmy Doyle's Country Club

    The last of the real honky tonks.
  • Blue Hog: Stacy Hurst undeserving of vote. Ditto.

    Blue Hog Report illustrates why Stacy Hurst isn't deserving of election to the state House of Representatives. And why her opponent's family got a deserved apology from the Little Rock school superintendent for a dirty trick done for her campaign.
  • Goose, remembered

    White Water Tavern owner a loveable rascal, friends say.
  • Susan Inman rips MIA Mark Martin

    Susan Inman, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, opened her appearance on AETN's debate this morning by emphasizing incumbent Republican Mark Martin's absence from the debate and the new Blue Hog reporting on Facebook evidence that Martin spends dozens of work days at home in Prairie Grove, not at work in the Capitol.
  • Prepared for Ebola in Arkansas

    Health Department, hospitals scramble to prepare, though chance of the virus traveling to Arkansas is miniscule.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Jason Rapert: The bully strikes again

    • I have worked with Wes Craiglow and want to reiterate that he is a fine…

    • on October 20, 2014
  • Re: Jason Rapert: The bully strikes again

    • Rapert will, undoubtedly, be the most confused man in Hell come Judgment Day

    • on October 19, 2014
  • Re: Jason Rapert: The bully strikes again

    • Senate District 35 map: http://www.arkansasredistricting.org/maps/PublishingImages/senate/35.jpg His property must be in that little part of Bigelow…

    • on October 19, 2014

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation