Thursday, April 18, 2013

Who can be a scout?

The Boy Scouts of America, which was founded more than 100 years ago, is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers.  I was once a scout and also a leader of a cub scout den.  The organization has a number of rules who which it is usually praised, but a couple which have caused controversy.  The official policy does not allow gay boy scouts nor does it allow atheists.

Now I really don't want to lump those two together because one is who you are and the other is what you chose to believe (or not believe).  I'd love to hear your thoughts though.  Should the scouts bans gays?  Should they ban atheists?

Before you answer, take a moment to really think about it.  You might also want to check out this website: which is not an alternative group but rather an educational organization that deals with this very issue.

What is we said only Asians can be Boy Scouts?  How about if we said only boys who are six feet tall or more are eligible?  Obviously these would be unfair.  So wouldn't the same be true if a boy just happened to be gay?  What do you think?

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