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Boy Scouts Uphold Ban on Gays

After a two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding gay members.

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays on Tuesday, according to reports of several national news sources and the Scouts.

Deron Smith, the national spokesman for the Scouts told the Associated Press that in 2010, an 11-member committee formed discreetly to decide whether gays should be permitted in the Scouts. The special committee came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy "is absolutely the best policy" for the 112-year-old organization, an article on Huffington Post said.

The Scouts' chief executive, Bob Mazzuca, said that most Scout families support the policy and that was a key reason for keeping the policy, which applies to both adult leaders and Scouts.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Mazzuca said in a press release on the Boy Scouts of America website.

Though the Boy Scouts of America hope that the debate over the policy might subside now that the decision has been reaffirmed, Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign described the decision as "a missed opportunity of colossal proportions" in the Huffington Post article.

"With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued," Griffin said. "They've chosen to teach division and intolerance."

The Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board said in a statement that “Scouting believes that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to achieve the life-changing benefits to youth through Scouting. While not all Board members may personally agree with this policy, and may choose a different direction for their own organizations, BSA leadership agrees this is the best policy for the organization and supports it for the BSA.”

The Scouts said that there will be no further action taken on the resolution.

According to the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Warminster has two Cubs Scout packs (Pack 139 at United Church of Christ and Pack 200 at Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church) and three Boy Scout Troops (Troop 139 at Log College and 200 at Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church and Troop 307 at Bucks Landing Apartments).

If you're a former or present Boy Scout member, tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Michael G July 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The Boy Scouts of America, made the right choice. The liberal media says it is about exclusion, when in fact, it is about morality and choice. The Boy Scouts have stood for religious morales, and choosing what is right. the book of Romans calls homosexuality "a sin" It is the BSA who makes the choice to admit/decline whomever. They are not a publicly funded organization, they are not an arm of the government, and they are protected under the constitution. You all need to back off
charles allen July 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
They want to exclude gays to be in the BSA but they hire PEDOPHILES. Seems to me that a young boy does not know about his sexuality at a young age and when he does come to terms with who he is he will be kicked out? I think they need to look at all aspects of what they stand for.
CyD252 July 20, 2012 at 02:30 AM
The Boy Scouts (now largely under the leadership of the Church of Latter-Day Saints) are free to discriminate as they wish. No homosexuals, no atheists, whatever... it's their right. However, I object to *any* amount of tax money going to support such a group.
Liz Shockley July 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I agree. They can make this choice and when their troops are outside of stores pushing their overpriced popcorn, I can say, "No thank you. I do not support BSA and their policies." If the boys are confused, they can ask their parents that are standing right behind them what that means.
Becky Evans July 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The Boy Scouts are free to be who they are, as much as gays are. Anyone is free to start a camping program with a more lenient morality if they wish and invite the gays. The scouting law is thatt a scout is A Scout is: •Trustworthy, •Loyal, •Helpful, •Friendly, •Courteous, •Kind, •Obedient,•Cheerful, •Thrifty,•Brave, •Clean, •and Reverent. Gays can be all of these things too. So I suggest that someone set up a program to include them with this same value system.
Becky Evans July 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Oh for God's sake. What are you thinking? Do you think an organization that bans gays knowingly hires pedophiles? Or knowingly tolerates them? Do you think pedophiles advertise themselves like some gays? Are you calling the scouts pedophiles? I think the Scouts know what they stand for and you don't like it, so you stoop to slander.
Becky Evans July 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Now look at this logic. 'The BSA hires pedophiles." By definition they must then be gay. Let in gay boys and you have to have gay leaders. Gay leaders? So according to this logic, the heterosexual leaders are pedophiles. Hum.
r schmidt July 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
the bsa are a group of small minded people who are afraid to admit that there is nothing wrong withhomosexuality. the goverment should stop any and all funding that they give the bsa, and should be made to pay rent on the buildings they use for their meetings. just because the bible says something that doesn't mean it's right.
Kim July 21, 2012 at 02:15 PM
What kind of message does that send to our young boys scouts? It says that if you are gay you are different and not good enough to be in our group. They should be teaching them to treat ALL others with the same respect and friendliness not just those who are straight. Why should a new group be started? Why should a young boy/man be treated any differently because he is gay??? I kinda agree with Liz that maybe instead of buying the popcorn I will just pass them by. It's sad and a reason why my son will not be in boy scouts. I want him to treat and accept all people no matter what race, religion, or sexual preference.
Becky Evans July 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Who said "not good enough?" BSA says, not us. The BSA does teach treating all others with respect and friendliness. A new group should be started because BSA is saying "We're not gay." The Scouts are not making a statement about homosexuality. They are saying, "We're not gay. This is not a gay organization." Why are they not allowed to be "not gay?" Why can't they stay the way they've been since the organization was started? What is wrong with live and let live? If gays want to be in scouting, they should start scouting. But clearly, this isn't the place. I have nothing against gay people, and I have nothing against scouts. They both are who they are. Let them be. This has been found in the courts not to be illegal discrimination and they have freedom of association, just like anyone else. If you don't like it, ignore it. Pretend the BSA doesn't exist. Who cares? Go scouting somewhere else. Spirituality has been part of scouting since the get-go, and they don't take aetheists or agnostics either. So why would gays or atheists want to be in the BSA anyway? They can go form their own scouting association without the morality and ethics of religion and a belief in God. By the way, girls are not allowed in the BSA and they went and formed their own association. Where's the stink on that? No girls, aetheists or gays. Okay.
CyD252 July 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Actually, many women are in the Boy Scouts in varying administrative and instructive capacities. Of course, if it comes out that any of these women are atheists or homosexual, they're sacked.
Pamela July 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
As a woman you can be a troop leader as long as you are not gay. I do believe that would be discrimination. No matter how you want to paint it, It is based on their sexual preference, not their gender. Our children live in a world where it it common for both parents to be of the same sex, teenagers no longer "hide in the closet", and it is a proven fact that homosexuality is not a disease. Our children need to be taught tolerance and understanding by the adults in their lives, something that BSA can not do even after 100 years. BSA is bigoted, private organization that teaches young children to have no tolerance for homosexuals, which is why I no longer support them.
Pamela July 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
'The BSA hires pedophiles." By definition they must then be gay....Becky that is a horrible thing to say. You must be very bigoted toward gays?....
CyD252 July 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
"As a woman you can be a troop leader as long as you are not gay..." Or an atheist. If you respectfully remain silent during the "duty to God" portion of the oath, you're outta there. Many scouts have been already booted for skipping the "duty to God" bit.
Becky Evans July 24, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Pamela, Read the comment above mine. Please.

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