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Is Obama Creating a Pro-Gay Boy Scouts of America?

GGG-Man Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 8:11 AM
Doubtful. The BSA is a private club. They can do whatever they want and can choose members to their liking. If society frowns on exclusion of people, then it's up to the BSA to explain why their policy should stand. The BSA is not alone in excluding certain elements of society from membership. Other social clubs, country clubs, or organizations also exclude certain people from being members. It's all legal, but, as society deems inclusion, fairness, and equality to be important, organizations like the BSA run the risk of being pariahs if they continue to be exclusionary.
Bill1895 Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 9:11 AM
What about KKK Scoutmasters?
Dean197 Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 9:52 AM
Is there a BSA rule against them?
Hockey Mom Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 8:25 AM
The SCOTUS has already ruled, in Dale v BSA, that the BSA has the First Amendment right to exclude anyone it wants because it is a private organization. As you said, other organizations also choose to limit their membership as they see fit. None of then are worried about becoming "pariahs" because of their policies, except to those who think such groups are obligated to accept and be ruled by political correctness. The BSA rejects political correctness in favor of the safety of the boys who join the organization.
ericynot Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 8:57 AM
Hockey,

"in favor of the safety of the boys who join the organization."
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Gay men have always been a part of Scouting, just as they've always been a part of all aspects of society. But in the past they were made to keep their orientation secret in order to avoid rejection and censure.

It seems to me that if gay men are allowed to openly participate in groups such as Scouts, knowing they're likely be under extra scrutiny, they're far less likely to transgress than if they're forced to remain in the shadows.

Transparency and openness neutralize many problems that otherwise exist in life.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 11:41 AM
if I'm not mistaken,one of the tenets of Boy Scouts is HONESTY,so if some homo young boy (if there is such a thing,which I don't believe)joined,then he was dishonest,and should not be in the BSA.
but in reality,none of the boys joining the BSA were homo to begin with,they only developed that mental illness later on. Perhaps after some adult homo "influenced" them.(got their sick hands on the kid)
HuffingPaintPost Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 12:12 PM
Yeah, right... if they come out, then even after they're caught sexually harassing a scout, it will be impossible to kick them out due to their protected minority status.
A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he "will work from within to seek a change" to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay Scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?

Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA's century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?

Is it a coincidence that Turley and...