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Boy Scouts of America

Posted: May 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Dear Editor,

For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped shape the characters of countless young men, empowering our nation’s youth and cultivating future leaders.

Now, the Boy Scouts stand at an important crossroads as the organization prepares to vote on whether it should allow gay Scouts to participate.

To deny a young man the opportunity to enjoy the rich benefits of Scouting, or to deny a parent the chance to participate in their child’s life through Scouting, simply because they are gay, is wrong. Scouting teaches our children about bravery, honesty, and upstanding citizenship values that leave no room for discrimination.

Why is it that the BSA needs to teach by example and regulation, discrimination, when they could take some good lessons about inclusiveness and acceptance, if not simple tolerance from the Girl Scouts of America?

As members of the Boy Scouts National Council meet in Dallas this month to vote on inclusion, they would do well to remember that Scouting is a program that fosters leadership, and unless the Boy Scouts move to accept all members gay or straight the organization will be left behind a growing majority who already support equality for everyone.

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