For 113 years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has mentored and educated young boys to become morally straight and upstanding men in today’s society. However, its definition of “morally straight” has become more of a problem than a learning experience for this generation’s scouts.
Previously, openly gay children or ones with homosexual parents were excluded from joining the BSA, despite their interest in partaking in the activities just like everyone else.
On Jan. 28, 2013, the BSA announced they would allow membership for homosexual children. It is a great victory for the LGBT community, but honestly, what held them up?
The BSA has been accused for years of practicing discrimination against homosexuals, atheists and agnostics. Let us note that there is a major difference between not agreeing with a principle and discriminating against a group due to principle.
Just a few weeks before the BSA announced it would change its policy, an openly gay 18-year-old Ryan Andreson fulfilled all of the necessary tasks to become an Eagle Scout. Despite the fact that he did everything he was supposed to, Andreson was denied his certificate because of his sexual orientation.
There are many other stories like Andreson’s, showing that the Boy Scouts organization has been out of line for many years. They claim they are teaching these children how to work together and become better men. However, telling a child that they will not be accepted in society because of how they feel on the inside is completely hypocritical.
Often, the Bible has been used as a means to advance the fight against equal rights for homosexuals. Just like the BSA, the Bible is meant to provide guidance and a basic code of morals for people that want to listen, not a tool to place judgment on others.
For example, young Ryan Andreson was technically denied his Eagle Scout status because his scout leader stated that he did not meet the “duty to God” standard because he “avowed homosexuality.”
It was necessary for the BSA to make a change. Many may defend its hateful actions, stating that it is a private organization which has every right to teach these children whatever they desire. In a way, this is true. But do we really want to tell kids it is not correct to be gay and certain people will always express hatred toward homosexuals no matter what? Before you answer, note that these are just innocent children.