"Well, at least they're trying right?" That's what my wife said to me as I fumed back and forth in the kitchen after reading the BSA's proposal to allow LGBT youth in their organization, but to continue the ban on LGBT people in their leadership.
No. It's not enough. It is a half measure that is cruel and offensive to LGBT adults who would like to be an active part of their kids' lives. It is an open acknowledgement that the BSA thinks there is something inherently dangerous about LGBT adults. And if it isn't their sexual orientation, which would no longer be banned under the proposal–what else could it be but the long disproved and debunked assumption that homosexuals are predispositioned to molest children.
No. The BSA's proposal is not enough. And the worst part is, that is the exact reason some bone head on the council though floating this proposal was a good idea. They know it's not enough and they know that they will get this reaction. They're betting on it. They want the outrage and the hard line stance because columns like this one are going to allow the BSA to throw their hands in the air, shrug their shoulders and say to their remaining sponsors "We tried."
They didn't try. They were pressured by their slimming pocket book to look like they were trying, got backed into a corner and someone thought that this Catch-22 of a proposal could be their way out. It won't be and; it shouldn't be.
I said it before and I will say it again. There is so much that is right about the Boy Scouts of America. The organization helped shape me into the person I am today. It taught me leadership and confidence. It taught me how to be a good friend. And now, it is going to self destruct because it is too entangled with a dying and discredited association between sexual orientation and morality. And that is sad.
Here's my last ditch attempt to save the BSA:
BSA Council, if you agree to allow LGBT Scouts and leadership, I promise to put my boy in Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. I encourage those of you who feel the same way I do to pledge to do the same. The BSA needs to understand that becoming inclusive isn't a nail in their coffin. It is a hand out of the grave. Please, pledge with me to support the Boy Scouts if they pledge to us to step into the 21st century and accept our LGBT friends and family into their almost-great organization.
When I was a Boy Scout I learned that you can't put out half the fire. If you do the forest still burns down.
Love, Dad (John)
If you would like to contact the BSA and pledge your conditional support, you can do so by clicking here. Tell them I sent you.
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