Thursday, July 19, 2012

Boy Scouts of America earns merit badge for intolerance

by Gregory Allen

After two years of (hopefully) considerate and serious thinking, the Boy Scouts of America have decided to preserve intolerant policies that discriminate against children and LGBT Americans.

The Boy Scouts of America claims, "The committee included a diversity of perspectives and opinions." The statement contains further statements which contradict the actual policies historically held and currently in place.

The decision and its explanation, as provided by the Scouts website, evades the use of language that would accurately describe the behavior and ideology they are preaching; behavior that is unacceptable in civilized communities.

According to the Scouts, "the executive committee of the BSA National Executive Board released the following statement: “Scouting believes that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to achieve the life-changing benefits to youth through Scouting."

Yet this suggested cooperation seems incompatible with the organization's choice to, as writes for Huffington post, "continue to exclude gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders." They claim to wish to "work together" but refuse to compromise.

The message directly implies that there are differences among children, and that people who are heterosexual are directly better or superior to others - completely removing the honor from the values of the Scouts mission, as they see it: "The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.™”

Ironically, the Scouts decision to exclude children and others simply because they have private and personal differences mirrors the mindset of children or adolescents who employ similar social-popularity stratification, confused by those who are different - these are behaviors lacking factual or mature consideration.

If the Boy Scouts of America were genuinely concerned with leading by example, they would pursue moral and intellectual decisions rather than following an immoral perspective simply because it is popular amongst its members.

As Signorile explains, "The BSA's argument is that the majority of its members believe in such discrimination, therefore it must continue to discriminate."

If they are preparing American youth for life, the Boy Scouts of America are not encouraging an open-minded or tolerant perspective, but rather preaching and pandering hatred and ignorance.

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