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BOY SCOUTS: Wrong to exclude gays

Letter by Greg Clinkingbeard, Puyallup on July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm with 3 Comments »
July 20, 2012 10:30 am

As a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout, I am appalled at the organization’s decision to continue banning kids based on their sexual orientation. I do not recall a merit badge for exclusion.

It always seemed to me that with the wearing of uniforms and camping in tents it was a prep for future military service. How strange now that gays can be in the military but not in the Boy Scouts.


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  1. I heard the same from some of my fellow Marines who had been scouts.

  2. APimpNamedSlickback says:

    I don’t agree with the Boy Scout’s policy, but it is their right to make it and enforce it. It doesn’t matter what you thought the scouts were preparing you for. The military is a secular entity that makes no religious requirements of its members; the Boy Scouts are not and do make such requirements. This isn’t a secret. They never claimed not to have made such requirements or be anything else. You and every other person who ever was a scout knew this upon joining.

    If you wanted a truly secular experience wearing uniforms, doing scout-type stuff, preparing for military service, you could have joined the Young Marines, the Navy Sea Cadets, US Army Cadet Corps, or the Civil Air Patrol.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    If you think BSA is bad, try being a Mason after denying God, and his rules.

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