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Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:06 PM

Just got a poll from Boy Scouts of America

Hey all, just got polled--as a scout leader--about how I feel about the BSA's anti-gay policies. Here's my response to the best free-form question on the whole thing. Hope it gives you a laugh!

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Q: What is your greatest concern if the policy remains in place and openly gay youth and adults are prohibited from joining Scouting? (Please be specific.)

A: I find the current BSA policy to be morally reprehensible. I am viscerally sickened by the notion that homosexuality and moral uprightness are incompatible--the notion currently promulgated by BSA. The BSA's open embrace of naked bigotry is at best embarrassing, and in the minds of good people, it raises doubts about the ability of scout leaders to provide moral leadership.

The idea that the Scout Oath prescribes heterosexuality is, to any person with a modicum of intelligence, a spurious rationalization to justify instilling in young people shameful beliefs that should have been discarded decades ago. As a scout leader, I believe it is my moral duty to actively fight, undermine, and sabotage the BSA's anti-gay policies whenever and wherever I can, not only to live according to my own moral code, but also in order to promote the long-term health of BSA.

If the policy stays in place, therefore, my main concern is that BSA membership will atrophy and that the organization will eventually fall into irrelevance. Already, the vast majority of young adults starting new families hold opinions similar to mine; if the BSA alienates them in order to appease obstinate but aging religious bigots, where will our new members come from?

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Reply Just got a poll from Boy Scouts of America (Original post)
beerandjesus Mar 2013 OP
aikoaiko Mar 2013 #1
Scuba Mar 2013 #2
Fearless Mar 2013 #3
Tree-Hugger Mar 2013 #4
appleannie1 Mar 2013 #5
RedstDem Mar 2013 #6
geardaddy Mar 2013 #7
cate94 Mar 2013 #8
Lex Mar 2013 #9
immoderate Mar 2013 #10
Arugula Latte Mar 2013 #11
Prism Mar 2013 #12
closeupready Mar 2013 #13
lpbk2713 Mar 2013 #14
d_r Mar 2013 #15

Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:09 PM

1. word.

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:09 PM

2. Smack and down.

 

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:11 PM

3. Excellent!

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:13 PM

4. Right on!

Love it!

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:34 PM

5. GREAT

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 12:54 PM

6. Dayum

 

well that's one way to say it....

sounds great, needs to be said!

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 01:35 PM

7. Thanks you

from a former Webelo and son of an Eagle Scout.

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 02:06 PM

8. Well done!

Thank you.

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 02:13 PM

9. rec'd

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 02:57 PM

10. Eloquent!

 

I loved my days as a scout. I don't support them since they turned bigot.

--imm

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 03:01 PM

11. We didn't let our son join Cub Scouts.

 

There are alternatives -- use 'em until they change (and also get rid of the no-atheist crapola).

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 03:05 PM

12. That is going to leave a mark

 

I hope someone at HQ flinches when reading it.

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 03:06 PM

13. Beautiful response.

 

Can't think of a single thing I'd add. K&R

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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 03:12 PM

14. Well at least they seem to be trying to get a consensus.




It remains to be seen if they will act on a consensus or if they are only trying to justify a preconceived position.


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Response to beerandjesus (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 05:38 PM

15. I just got polled, too

but our polls were different.

All the districts must have rolled them out today.

Ours had a vote, and then a place for comments.

I had already written a 6-page letter so I cut and pasted it into the comments. I would share it but I don't want to hijack your thread.

I just thought you might be interested that it seems that polls are going out in different areas.

I liked your comments. Thanks for making them. Let's try to encourage the others we know to do similar.

DR

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