Boy Scouts propose to lift ban on gays as youth members, keep it for adult leaders

  • Article by: DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 7:44 AM
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marketerApr. 19, 1310:26 AM

It's the right thing to do.

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kraemer1Apr. 19, 1311:13 AM

Talk about a mixed message....hey, youth, we will let you join now but be aware we will never let you be a leader. This makes no sense....do the right thing, equal rights all the way.

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tcatheartApr. 19, 1312:39 PM

"...proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders." If you wanted to reduce the likelihood of abuse in scouting, you would actually do the opposite. Men who abuse boys are not "gay". The abuse is about power and control, not sex. The logic is so convoluted. As long as all of the proper background checks are done and policies are followed to keep the boys as safe as possible, ANY qualified adult should be allowed to be a leader.

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kraemer1Apr. 19, 13 1:50 PM

Obviously, I meant to say....science isn't on your side, just as God isn't.

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accedeApr. 19, 13 2:26 PM

there are big rallies that support authentic marriage this weekend in Eden Prairie at Grace church

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tcatheartApr. 19, 13 3:42 PM

Accede, what's an "authentic marriage"? Are those the ones guaranteed to never end in divorce? Are they only catholic marriages? lutheran marriages? Can "non-christians" have an "authentic marriage"? Which ones are "authentic" in your eyes?

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accedeApr. 19, 13 4:26 PM

authentic marriages ones are the ones that have been around for 99+% of existence of human beings. Its only be the last few years in history it has change to less significance in some states. Love gay, love transgenders; but they are deterimental to the raising of babies and children.

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daytonsajokeApr. 19, 13 6:11 PM

the scouts seem to have a great idea here. As long as they keep gay scout leaders out of the picture.

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odannyboyApr. 19, 13 6:33 PM

Gay scouts, but no gay scout leaders? Pray tell, by what twisted contortion of logic do you reach that conclusion as making any sense, from any angle? This I gotta hear.

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gallifreyApr. 19, 13 7:09 PM

I find it interesting that the Boy Scouts of America would hold up as a shield their Christian-based values as a means to justify their exclusion of youth and adults who are gay. Isn't one of the tenents of all Christian-based religions tolerance? If we can allow our children to take part in an organization who would exclude others based on their sexual preference, then where do we draw the line of divergence from the Christian-based values that the Boy Scouts draw their policies. Should children who wish to join for the experiences of commradarie and outdoor adventure and proficiency but who happen to be born into a non-Christian religion based family also be excluded because of their of their belief in a different diety, poly dieties or no diety? Should we exclude from scout leadership those adults who are divorced, thereby breaking their marriage vows, or those that have demonstrated any other "non-Christian" beliefs such as those that frequent the casino or those that routinely have a beer with "the guys." What you are teaching your children in support of this exclusion of gay youth and leadership from the Boy Scouts is intolerance and unkindness in the form of exclusion (exclusion is also part of the definition for bullying) and it is in direct contrast of the Boy Scout Law, in which a scout promises to be "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent" In the active participation and sanctioning of this exclusion the organization is being unfriendly, unkind, and irreverent in it's treatment of youth and potential leadership who happen to be gay in it's insistence to recognize these children and men as equals worthy of inclusion. Is that the message we want to impart to our boys, the future leaders, policy makers, business owners, etc, of our nation?

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