• Boy Scouts of America Keep on Discriminating!

    So, it’s almost seven years since Penn & Teller’s episode calling out Boy Scouts of America’s homophobia and atheists discrimination aired. And they keep on discriminating. What’s wrong with these people?

    This is what they say they are:

    The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

    For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

    Sooo… what kind of value is that one of thinking less of someone because of who they like or who they’re attracted to? How is it that a young man can get a character when he’s told to obey  the stupid rules of  a stupid ghost? How’s that supposed to help them in life?

    So, just to be clear, this is what the BSA think are values: it’s fine to indoctrinate children with superstition and raise bullies. It’s completely okay to take advantage of young minds that don’t have enough elements of judgement, nor the critical faculties in order to  assess correctly whether they’re being given information or it is just hate-filled propaganda – which it is.

    How is this any different from Christians taking advantage of ignorance in Ugada? Ohh, yeah – in the West, we don’t kill people over their sex-preferences, not because of Christian values; on the contrary: thanks to enlightened secular values!

    You know what the Scout Promise says?

    On my honour I promise that I will do my best—
    To do my duty to God and the King (or to God and my Country)

    Pretty much what the 9/11 hijackers were thinking when they crashed those planes… and those guys were fond of values, right?

    Fortunately, there’s some intelligent people who see right through BSA’s bull and quit!

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    Article by: Ðavid A. Osorio S

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    • DontArgueWithMe

      You’ve got it backwards. Sexual orientation has NO PLACE in Scouting. Yes, I am a long time member. At no point does it even come up. There is no check box on any form anywhere. We teach tolerance of everyone. Just because the national office has a policy and people like you blow it out of proportion doesn’t mean the actual LOCAL VOLUNTEER rank and file even pay any attention.

      Sexual orientation is not on our agenda. We don’t ask. Discussions about any form of sexuality have no place in the program. We refer that kind of thing back to the parents. It’s just not our agenda. But, when YOU bring it up, it becomes YOUR agenda. Not my problem. It’s yours.

      Now, if you want to actually LEARN and pay attention, then maybe you should find out WHY this policy stays in place and attack that. As they say, follow the money. The top 5 supporters of Scouting are churches. The LDS church in particular has been clearly shown as being the reason Scouting has this policy (along with the Catholic church). How about you go attack them for exactly the same policies? They are the single reason the policy hasn’t changed.

      Oh, and comparing Scouting’s values of God and country to those of terrorists is ridiculous The PILGRIMS had the same values. The FOUNDING FATHERS had the same values. I’m assuming YOU have some sort of value system as well. Were THEY terrorists? Are you? Look how THEIR agenda turned out. All bad huh?

      We don’t care about your sexual orientation. If you want to make it an issue, then that’s YOUR problem. If you are willing to say this one issue outweighs all of the character building and good for every community Scouting at the local level brings, then you are a close minded as anyone.

      • Ohh, so you are part of an institution paid for by bigots who won’t accept difference and I got it backwards? Are you out of your mind?