With multiple fractures exposed, Boy Scouts delay decision on gays

  • Article by: LAUREN D'AVOLIO and KIRK JOHNSON , New York Times
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Debate has been shaped by the huge role played by churches and the tradition of strong local control.

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cdjohnsoFeb. 6, 13 8:50 PM

As the father of two Eagle Scouts, now 25 and 24, I wonder what makes it such a tough choice. If Boy Scouts make the proper decision, some of the bigots are gonna take their football and go home. Seems to be a win-win, to me...and BSA ends up with a stronger organization on both accounts.

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rmbjebFeb. 7, 13 3:47 PM

It is important that the StarTribune accurately report the issue of gays involved in the Scouting program. It is not true that national policy has excluded gays from participating as a Boy Scout or as an adult committee member. The only stipulation was for the Scoutmaster position. Your characterization of a fantastic program that has well served millions of boys and girls for the past 100 years, provided great citizens for America and the world, and generated over two million Eagle Scouts that have been high achievers for us all is a blatant disservice to the Scouting program and is inaccurate reporting. There is no parallel or program equal to the Boy Scouts of America - teaching citizenship, family life, life skills, leadership, life saving, reverence, and team building skills to name a few. I too am an Eagle Scout as are my two older brothers and both of my sons and I have been an adult leader for the past 15 years. Including some of the vast and significant achievements of Scouting in your articles would present a more balanced viewpoint in lieu of the slanted one presented in every article that I have seen for you about the Boy Scout program. The Scouts that acted heroically and way beyond their years after the tornado strike come to mind as one of many examples. Lastly, Minnesota for the past 12 years has been at the forefront of the national program on multiple fronts. One of which is our policy relative to gay participation. We have asked the local districts to make determinations - much like what the national committee was discussing for a national policy. More important information that should have been included in your article.

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