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Video: Teenager gets kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay

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  1. I saw where the vote has been done. The BSA will now accept gay scout members but will continue to discriminate against gay scout leaders.

  2. James Savik 24 May 2013, 1:17am

    Finally- some truth about the BSA policy.

    Apparently they are still operating under “Don’t tell, Don’t ask”. How 2009 of them.

  3. The UK Scouting movement maybe inclusive of LGBT people but they won’t allow athiests to join, and you have to swear allegence to the Queen.

    1. Not exactly true, I’m afraid. When a new member joins, they swear (among other things) ” to do my duty to [God] and to the Queen”.
      You can swear to any deity you like, and if you’re an atheist/scientologist/other then you can swear duty to “your beliefs”.
      As for the Queen bit, well we live in a monarchy. Having a problem with that would be like an American refusing to respect the President or the flag.
      source – UK Scout for over a 10 years and now a leader

  4. Helge Vladimir Tiller 24 May 2013, 9:03am

    When I read this, my mind tells me : The World is still in an infantile phase – When will it be mature ? USA and UK, you are lagging behind—Where is Your justice ?

    1. BritishCitizen 31 May 2013, 1:16pm

      Only the US – Am I suprised? Of course I’m not.
      In Britain, the Scout Association says that “No young person shall receive less favourable treatment on the basis of, nor suffer disadvantage
      by reason of: class; ethnic origin, nationality (or statelessness)or race; gender; marital or sexual status; mental or physical ability; political or religious belief”
      Strangely enough, its only the far-right bigoted USA that even think to have a problem with young people being involved in an activity, just because of one facet of their lives.

  5. Midnighter 24 May 2013, 9:05am

    “your lifestyle” – what a casually hateful phrasing, assserting that Ryan’s sexuality is chosen and implying that he has made a poor choice with consequences.

    Demonstrating neatly that “Christian” led pedagogy is not fit for purpose.

    1. Midnighter 24 May 2013, 9:06am

      *Eric, not Ryan, apologies.

  6. douglas in canada 24 May 2013, 12:16pm

    Interesting, in the video, when he tells the truth, he gets kicked out, but if he had lied, he could have stayed.

    How’s that for “Morally Straight”?

    Bunch of sh!theads

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