Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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One Scout's Story
February 18, 2008
I joined cub scouts in first grade as a Tiger Cub and enjoy the
scouting program to this day. This past summer I received my Eagle
award at the age of 14 and am now 15. I commend the Boy Scouts of
America on MOST of their program. I condemn the part that teaches
young men to become hypocritical. Their point that "Morally Straight"
means to be of heterosexual orientation is crap. From the Boy Scout
Handbook page 46 I quote " To be a person of strong character... You
should respect and defend the rights of all people..."
I love camping and the outdoors. Through my troop I was able to spend
a week sailing in the Bahamas with some of my best friends! I was the
Senior Patrol Leader of my troop and am now participating as a
ceremonialist in the Order of the Arrow ordeal ceremony and serving
as the first president of my newly formed venture crew. I hope this
could someday serve as leverage in the future against BSA for
allowing gay youth and adults in the organization.
Oh yah. I forgot the most important part, I am gay but I am scared to
come out partially because my troop is chartered by a catholic church
and it would be hard for them to stand behind me because of the
church even if they personally would stand behind me on the basis of
only their beliefs. I only wish i had the courage to stand up for
what I know is right and what will make me happy.
An Eagle Scout upset with BSA