The Boy Scouts of America affirmed on Tuesday that openly and avowed homosexuals cannot belong to the organization. Yahoo! asked Scout leaders and parents of Scouts for their reaction. Here is one perspective.
COMMENTARY | As a parent whose 11-year-old son recently made the passage from Webelo to Boy Scout in Florida, I support the recent decision by the Boy Scout leadership to not allow openly gay members in its ranks -- but probably not for the reasons you may be thinking.
I support and respect any organization that keeps to its guidelines regardless of the social pressures that may come to bear on it to change. Recently, the Catholic Church announced its intention not provide health insurance to its employees should they be required to include abortion coverage under the new health care law, even though the majority of U.S. citizens support this right. They would rather pay their employees extra so they can buy their own insurance than be forced to support a policy not within their creed.
Boy Scouts is not an organization that openly deals with sexuality. So for the Boy Scouts to maintain a policy it feels is in its best interest should not be an offense to anyone. Rather, it is a limitation of Boy Scouts that they are, at this juncture, unable to handle this issue. And maybe they will never allow openly gay members into Scouting.
But there are many organizations whose policies neither I nor you agree with -- such as the NRA, AARP, NAACP, etc. But if they have policies I disagree with, I can decide whether to support it -- or not.
The United Way stopped supporting the Scouts for this position -- a right they have and one I agree with. Although I disagree with the Scouts position, I do however support their right to maintain it.
But I then have the responsibility to ensure that I fully explain to my children their position and mine.
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