The Boy Scouts of America have a tough decision on their hands whether or not to allow openly gay individuals in the organization. As a privately owned organization, the Boy Scouts can do whatever they want. The law is on their side. They shouldn’t cave into the pressure of mainstream America to accept anyone they don’t want to. However, their reasoning for discriminating against certain groups of individuals being involved is extremely flawed. Homosexuals and Atheists are no less moral than the individuals who fill church pews on Sunday morning.
If you want to make this a religious statement, go right ahead. Say “We don’t want to have homosexuals involved in our organization because we feel it is a sin and unacceptable to God”. I’d be okay with that. I’m fine with people sticking by their religious convictions and would support the Boy Scouts in doing so. What I don’t want is for the Boy Scouts and their religious supporters to make this an issue over whose morals are better suited for raising children. Don’t say that a homosexual doesn’t have the ability to follow and teach the Boy Scout Law “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” Or uphold the oath:
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Our primary caregiver and the lady who helped us raise our kids until they were old enough to go to school is a lesbian. My children were treated with all the love and grace I could ask for. I’m disgusted that religious individuals consistently have the audacity to tell another group of people that they are unfit parents, poor role models, and essentially lesser human beings because of a lifestyle difference. There’s no study that supports any of the ignorant accusations of people like Pat Robertson who claim homosexuals are pedophiles. If that were the case, we have more grounds to register every Catholic priest as a sex offender.
Take religion out of the decision. If you can’t or won’t do that, just own up to it. But don’t sit back and label someone based on your own ignorance and choice not to see reality. There are more people wandering this earth who bare the emotional and physical scars placed on them by “God fearing Christians” than will ever be marred by homosexuals and atheists.