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Tag: BSA

May
1st

Scouts need live-and-let-live policy on gay leaders

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Most of the argument over gay Boy Scouts and Scout leaders tends to overlook the structure of the Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA administration itself does not run Scout troops, Cub packs, etc. Its employees provide training, insurance and other support for the “chartered organizations” whose volunteers help kids earn merit badges, take them on campouts, etc.

Many of those organizations are religious in nature and operate with great autonomy. Conservative Mormon, Roman Catholic and Baptist congregations by themselves run most troops and packs. Often their Scout leaders amount to youth ministers.

It’s arrogant to insist Read more »