***Update***: Jason Torpy has a follow-up post here.
The Boy Scouts have every right to ban gay people (and atheists) from their group. But that doesn’t mean it’s what they should be doing.
Here’s everything you need to know:
After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.
An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, “came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts,” the organization’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press.
This is an organization that doesn’t deserve your support, no matter how much good it does. It’s like the church in general. Sure, they might do some really great things for a lot of people, but the way they proudly fly their banner of bigotry undoes any of the positive things they could possibly do.
If you have kids in the Boys Scouts, take them out of it and let their troop leaders know why. Don’t support a discriminatory organization with your time or money.
(Thanks to Dave for the link)