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Boy Scout Ban on Gays Is A Mistake

Today I looked on Facebook and saw that the mother of one of my son's friends had posted that the Boy Scout's re-affirmation of their ban on gay people had re-affirmed her decision not to let her boys join Scouts. This was followed by many posts and likes from other mothers of my son's friends who feel the same way. There was quite an outpouring of animosity. Boy Scouts used to be right up there with America, apple pie, and baseball. Norman Rockwell even featured the Scouts in numerous paintings. How could Boy Scouts go from near-universal love and respect to an organization that gets shouted at by parents for recruiting at schools? The Scout Law says that: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." Every Scout and adult leader swears to follow the Scout Law. How is banning gay people consistent with the Scout Law? Is that kind or friendly or helpful or loyal? No. Some pe