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The Boy Scouts and gays

I was a Boy Scout. Loved the campouts; being outdoors … cooking over campfires … sleeping in a tent on the cold, hard ground.
It’s entirely possible that one or two of my fellow Scouts were gay. I didn’t think about it in those days, and gay people usually kept quiet about it.
The Boy Scouts’ ban of gay Scouts and Scout leaders has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. But now the Boy Scouts of America is considering a change in national policy … lifting the ban for those local organizations that sponsor troops. In other words, gays in Scouts would become a local issue.
Of course, many troops are sponsored by churches and many of those churches preach that homosexuality is a sin. It appears to me … based on the Supreme Court ruling … any local sponsor could still ban gays. It’s a local option.
When I was a Scout we weren’t concerned about those things. We worried that the beans were warm enough and the latrine trench was deep enough.
Our thought for today is from Voltaire:
“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.”

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02/01/2013 12:52AM
The Boy Scouts and gays
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