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BOY SCOUTS: Badge of dishonor

Letter by Marcello Mancini, Puyallup on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm with No Comments »
February 8, 2013 12:22 pm

I guess I am going to have to remove my Boy Scouts of America experiences from my resume now that the BSA is considered an intolerant and discriminatory organization. I never thought of myself as an intolerant individual, but it seems that those that want to see the BSA change their membership policy regarding gays are making anyone who is part of the BSA seem just that way: intolerant.

The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization. I don’t care if you are gay, black, white, Hispanic, fat, skinny, a nerd or whatever – if someone does not like the fact that a private organization does not support a specific lifestyle, culture or whatever, then don’t join. If another organization does or does not want to financially support such an organization, then so be it.

There used to be a time when a young man would be proud to share his experiences as a Boy Scout and wear his Eagle rank with pride and dignity. Unfortunately, there are those that want to make the BSA symbol of excellence a badge of dishonor. I guess Eagle Scouts such as Ambassador Gary Locke, former Attorney General Rob McKenna and countless others may need to reconsider using their BSA experiences as part of their resume. I know I am.

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