The Boy Scouts met today to discuss ending their ban on gay members, and they've decided to postpone deciding for some time. Scout leadership announced that they need more time to debate – a lot more time, since they've postponed voting on the issue until their annual meeting this May.
The group is facing "intense pressure from two flanks," AP reports.
Conservatives held a protest and prayer vigil at the Boy Scouts HQ in support of continuing the ban. The rally featured signs that said "Don't invite sin Into the camp" and "Homosexuality is a sin! BSA please resist Satan's test. Uphold the ban."
But overturning the ban has high-profile backers, including Obama. And gay rights supporters are disturbed by the delay. "A Scout is supposed to be brave, and the Boy Scouts failed to be brave today," Jennifer Tyrrell told the AP. Tyrrell is an Ohio mom and a lesbian who was barred from volunteering for the Cub Scouts.
when i was in scouts one of the things they taught us that everyone should be treated equally and fairly. and that you are better then no one and that no one is better then you. so by not allowing gays to be in the scouts they are going against what they had taught me to do.
Do you think that the new Scout uniform should have zip made across the back from one pocket to the other pocket. You must have not got past tender foot. Why do gays have to tell me that their queer, I don't understand that. I like blondes but I don't tell everyone I no. I'm older but I still have morals.
@RUMORS-- Allowing homosexuals to participate in scouting activities is not condoning homosexual activities between consenting adults. It's more like they are choosing to ignore it, as it has no effect on the activities of the BSA. Why do you think that allowing homosexuals to participate is like designing shorts with a zipper across the backside? Get your mind out of the gutter!
It's idiotic that the national media is obsessed with the Boy Scouts and gay Scout leaders, and they have absolutely nothing to say about Obama killing American citizens abroad with no trial. you don't need any more evidence than that of the bias in the media and the fact that they been co opted and corrupted by Democrat Party. If this was any Republican president there would already be hearings and articles of impeachment filed.
I'm watching Chris Matthews complaining about it for at least the 2nd day in a row. And Joe Scarborough was going crazy about it yesterday morning too. The liberal media HATES these "extra-judicial" killings.
You are the one searching for artilcles about the Boy Scouts and gay Scout leaders. The "national media" isn't forcing you to do that, or write about the subject. And is there some law that conservatives have to toss Obama's name into every subject? WTF does he have to do with this story?
I suppose if I had to chose which foot to shoot, I'd take my time, too. Let's hope they chose what is just and right and not pander to the religious extremists. The United States is on the right track for equality, the Scouts will only hurt themselves in the long run by clinging to outdated policies.
When my son was a Cub Scout, they always said prayers before each meeting and made references to God throughout the meeting as well. I am not sure if all meetings are like that everywhere but I think the issue will be with those who are religious and what the Bible says about gays. I think that they feel that by allowing them into the Scouts, it's condoning it in some way. I removed my son from the Scouts last year. It had nothing to do with a gay leader though. Also, before anyone says I hate gays, I don't. I don't personally have an issue with them being involved in the Scouts. I'm just saying that the issue will be there regardless because of the whole religious aspect of the organization and religious people don't typically condone the lifestyle. Until people realize that being gay is not contagious, it will be hard for this type of group to allow it.
@AnnieO May I ask why you DID remove your son from Scouting? I was in both Cub and Boy Scouts. I had some fun. Depantsing was a typical part of initiation. But it's not like that's uncommon anywhere adolescent boys gather. Not what I'd consider "Gay," however. Just boys being boys.
@Keyjo I removed him because I didn't feel that the leaders were taking things seriously. My husband was a Scout when he was young and he worked with my son on tons of projects and helped him to memorize everything he was supposed to recite. When it came time to "grade" the boys for memorizing the law of the pack, etc. my son was the ONLY one who got everything right. Some kids didn't even know what they were supposed to be saying at all. However, everyone got the same badge. My son was disappointed that he worked so hard and others didn't, yet they got rewarded. It wasn't a value I wanted my son to have, that things are given to you without working for them. I'd rather have a gay leader that follows the rules than a straight one who doesn't take things seriously.
@Keyjo He was going to but his job changes his schedule every 3 months. He didn't want to make everyone confused by switching all the time. It wasn't convenient for the parents. There were several that looked at the Scout meetings as a babysitting service too. It wasn't what I thought it would be, that's for sure.
This isn't a big issue to me. The larger issue is the number of men who have molested boy scouts and it was covered up. And before the gay agenda crowd goes ape on me here, I really don't care if the molesters were gay or bi, the truth is they were one or the other and the further truth is that the concern should be for the safety of the kids not the sexual orientation of same.
@AceLuby I do not agree. Straight pedophiles molest opposite sex. Gay pedophiles molest same sex and bi pedophiles molest both sexes. This is common sense to mankind. Just because the liberal agenda doesn't want to admit to it doesn't make it your way. That simply defies the entire scenario of sexual orientation. But I do understand that the far left pro gay agenda will not allow a single word to be said about there being gay pedophiles. It just amazes me that you people will continue to deny that the gays may have the same problem with pedophiles that straights do.
Statistics actually show that 95% of pedophilia cases are perpetrated by heterosexual men. Pedophilia is about being attracted to the prepubescence of children and not necessarily the genitalia, which is different. If your statement were true, it would not make sense that while the ratio of female vs male victims is 2:1, the ratio of heterosexual vs homosexual perpetrators is 11:1.
The reason the gay advocacy groups attempt to silence mention about pedophiles is because gays and lesbians (mostly men, at any rate) are linked to pedophilia regardless of whether there is truth behind it. In order to demonstrate to society that gays and lesbians can function productively and normally as human beings, homosexuality has to be dissociated from pedophilia, necrophilia, beastiality, etc. Much of the propaganda surrounding the demonization of gays links homosexuality to these things, trying to portray gays as predatory and perverted. This is difficult to overcome, and by not mentioning it, it is an attempt to sever these links.
@falco_alba Of course. You worry about the 'gay male image'. I'll continue to worry about the kids. I have seen those "heterosexual men" stalking kids all over the gay districts of Hollywood, Long Beach and San Francisco. Keep denying. Some of us have seen the facts.
Gee to hear the left wingers the decision was already made and the Boy scouts caved to pressure. I hope freedom loving people around the nation voice their support for keeping our private group's freedoms to hire or fire anyone they want! Liberals, you control freaks can get out of our lives! You know what? If there was such a thing as Gay scouts, you would never see Christians trying to sue that group to allow Christian scout leaders if the private Gay scouts did not want them. You see, Conservatives are not arrogant control freaks and would not try to force our views down your private group's throats.
@AceLuby Can you read? Try it again please. I said if some Gays created their own private group and decided that Christians, or straights, or the KKK were not allowed to be leaders in that group, so be it. We would not try and force them to hire us. It's called freedom, not politically correct control.
@commonsense51 Other youth organization membership policies
There are affiliated Scouting organizations in other countries with less restrictive membership criteria than the BSA by choice and/or because of nondiscrimination laws in their country, as well as organizations with similar policies. In the United States, other major youth organizations tend to have less restrictive policies.
Its not the scouts its the LEADERS! How many scoutmasters go in soley to find prey already programmed to do what they are told? Two suicides by scoutmasters after being outed just in my own experience. Make sure the men you trust your son to aren't predators.
The scouts have been doing a pretty good job of keeping them out lately, and outing them (sexual predators), better than the catholic church has! Being gay doesn't necsessarily make you a sexual predator. And Troops are usually compiled of many leaders (mostly all parents), any given camping trip can have anywhere from 6-12 parents present, even if the troop still had a founding scoutmaster which is rare these days. The torch usually gets past to the most senior or experienced parent/scout leader once the previous scoutmasters child comes of age and finishes his journey as a scout. Gay or not, who would leave their child in a troop with only one single adult for supervision anyway? Sounds negligent to me!
There should be no indication that the Boy Scouts caved to gay activism and abandoned a long held rule because they were caught up in the moment. Allow everyone to have their say, because this could be the beginning of the end for this iconic organization. The vast majority of churches who sponsor troops will not support the change.
They should take there time and decide for themselves, instead of caving in to pressure from either side! Whether it is a compromise, all inclusive, or all exclusive, it will give them the chance to show everyone where they stand on the issue genuinely, and not a reflection of what the right or the left want.
Are the Boy Scouts a private group? If so isn't it up to them? My issue isn't about Gay's but I am tired of people forcing any private club or group to admit people. Why would you want to be in a club that doesn't want you?
That's a good point, however, think of it this way: Suppose you're a gay parent of a normal little boy, and that little boy want's to be a Boy Scout. Any good parent wants to be fully involved in their children's lives, right? But the BSA's rules against gay scout leaders would prevent you from participating in your child's scouting activities. I understand it's a private organization, but IMO they are doing themselves a disservice by turning away parent participation based on an adult's sexual orientation.
@Denizen_Kate that is a good point. But it is up to them to decide. My natural tendency is to resist any one forcing me to do something. I would shut the whole thing down before I was forced to do anything. Honestly I think that's where my resistance to the gay marriage issue comes from. I honestly havent known a dozen gay people in my life. I never gave it much thought. now it's getting forced on me. Now i am called a bigot etc for something I know very little about except what I learned from the bible. And it's against it. So it's a lot to take all at once. Add in the fact the few gay people I do know are very left wing, lets say we didn't get along very well. I am confused about one thing, it would not seem right for a straight man to take a group of girls camping. Wouldn't that be the same as a gay man taking boys camping?. I am asking
@NTBFW - "... now it's getting forced on me." How is same sex marriage being forced on you? I don't understand how it would impact your life.
As for a man taking a group of girls camping, like with all things, IMO it depends entirely upon the character of the individual man. Just as one cannot assume that a man who takes girls on a camping trip has evil intent, one can also not assume that a gay man who takes boys on a camping trip has evil intent. I like to think of it as good parents involving themselves in the lives of their children, and we should encourage that.
I'm not completely sure but I think it is completely up to them. I do not believe the government is interfering with this at all and the BSA are the ones behind close doors debating it and decided they needed more time.
@Denizen_Kate well go your entire life never seeing or knowing anything about homosexuality.except its a bad thing. Then in a very short period of time being expected to believe its normal. It's a lot to take in. I'm trying. And am NOT campaigning against it. I just don't know if I can ever really like it. Like I said I'm trying. But having angry gay people screaming at me is not making it easy. As to the man taking the girls camping. It just isn't proper without a adult female along. I will dig my heels in on that. At least with my daughter. But if it was a gay man taking the girls that might be ok. See why it's confusing? It is not them being gay it's just I don't know what's right anymore. I admitted I don't know much about this and am still trying to understand.
Boy Scout Oath or Promise: On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to GOD and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Boy Scout Law: A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and REVERENT.
Can you not see this is a christian based organization? Keep your ate theist views outa my scouts! Get your own gay club for boys. I promise myself and my children will not join and push our views on you.
I forgot to add, I can't understand why they can't start their own boy scouts. Me personally I would much rather everyone in my group be on the same page as me. This will cause problems within the kids itself. They will be fights,bullying and descrimination and you will not be able to stop it. These still are kids.
@WattheTyler Nope. I have no issues with gays. But, you have an issue with free speech and people who have a diffferent view than yours. Just because a PRIVATE group wants to set the rules on membership may exclude you or your partenter does not mean that they should be forced the legal court system or the court of public opinion to accept you or people like you.
@Jack-Black So why are you against a PRIVATE group like the Boy Scouts changing their policy allowing LGBT peoples into their organization? Seems YOU have a problem with free speech. I'm accept the KKK and their racist and homophobic views.
@Jack-Black poor people can't get into country clubs either. Life is not fair. Private instituions that take no govt money should be able to do as they like. The boys scouts do get govt money and they were getting cut off. They're folding for the money, not for the cause. Follow the money. Always follow the money.
@Vance1 Romney won in my district and my state quit getting your panties in bundle. Continuing to support the two party system is a throw away vote its throwing away your freedoms.
All disagreements aside, since you appear to be a Republican you already have it instilled in you small government ideals, I'd like to suggest you take this quiz and learn a little more about the Libertarian ideals. http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz It's only 10 questions and if you discover you don't like the Libertarian way at least I tried, nothing gained nothing lost.