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US: Almost-Eagle Scout presents 400,000 signatures to BSA urging anti-gay policy change

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  1. Sister Mary Clarence 19 Oct 2012, 3:03am

    Every time I read anything about this story, midway through I am overwhelmed with just how pathetic these people are being.

    What exactly is so special about the bloody scouts that the sky will fall in if a few gay people join>

    1. Life Scout John 23 Dec 2012, 4:11am

      The major anti-gay and anti-atheist sentiment in Boy Scouting comes from the high influence of Mormons in the organization and its current roots in conservatism. The Mormons, who are doctrinally anti-gay and anti-nonchristian, donate millions of dollars a year to the organization, which forces the organization to maintain its current position.

  2. I wonder if Deron Smith would have doen the same thing without the prublic outrage. All the same, it beats taking no action at all.

    The thing that I find so surprising about this is that it’s completely unreasoned and undisguised bigotry – how audacious to be able to literally say “no, because you’re gay.” In most other cases, there’s at least some shred of an excuse!

    1. Oh dear, my typing in the dark needs work. That first line is shameful!

      1. David Myers 21 Oct 2012, 7:41am

        Not so bad! At least you came up with something funny – “prublic”!
        Would that be “prublic outrage” or “prublic hair”? LOL

  3. good for him. it will be interesting to see the effect

  4. This splendid kid is a real pioneer. I wish him luck in his campaign and in his life. The power of this story can’t help but effect change.

  5. They’d be better off urging an anti-pedophilia policy, but, like the Catholic Church, that will never happen

    1. Christopher in Canada 19 Oct 2012, 5:51pm

      Actually, in Canada, a closed file covering the years from about 1955 – 85 (I may be wrong – don`t quote the dates!) is about to be opened regarding suppressed cases of molestations. Apparently the Boy Scouts admin has kept them hidden for decades. This was on the CBC news two evenings ago.

  6. “he does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”
    The level of douchebaggery of that statement is mind-blowing. How can they get away with it?

    1. Exactly. ‘Does not meet the standard’. Oh sorry, I’ll try harder next time. Jesus Christ.

  7. It would be interesting for Ryan to interview Mitt Romney and ask his opinion whether he should have been drummed out of the Scouts for being gay. The Mormons, along with the Catholics, are leading funders of the US Scouts, and drivers of their homophobic policy. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/18/politics-behind-boy-scouts-america-anti-gay-ban)

  8. There was a story in a London free paper about a scout that was banned for being athiest!

    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/915439-boy-11-banned-from-the-scouts-after-refusing-to-pledge-allegiance-to-god

    It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?

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