Boy Scouts’ pending decision on gay scouts causes controversy


Protesters outside the Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in Irving, Texas.

The Boy Scouts of America, BSA, are finally opting to discuss the possibility of acknowledging gay members. After such a startling decision, a heated debate has started within the BSA and the United States.

The decision to accept gay members would not only be the morally right, but also revolutionary. BSA is a private organization that, since the mid 1900s, has been stuck in a stereotypical muck of socially conservative politics.

Hopes for ever breaking such a limiting chain have seemed distant.

The real problem with this situation is not that the BSA is against allowing gays, but that it is afraid of losing those members that are unsure or afraid of “those darned homosexuals,” as an acquaintance recently put it.

The BSA has always been the go-to organization for teaching boys about the world, how to act right and how to treat people with respect.

Religious leaders and members of the Mormon church, a group that makes up a large portion of the Boy Scouts, attached themselves to these life lessons and sought to allow their children to learn from them.

But now these groups do not wish to allow others who are no different from themselves–who only wish to seek knowledge and become better people–to even attempt to accomplish their goals.

Being a member of BSA is a great opportunity for boys and young men. Throughout their time in the BSA, members can earn religious medals, merit badges, and service awards. Also, they can attend and work at summer camps.

Members learn valuable lessons through the BSA such as the importance of diversity, culture and, perhaps most importantly, themselves.

That is why the possibility of the BSA being bullied into banning gay members is upsetting.

An organization that has so many important values to offer boys of all backgrounds should not be bullied into banning gays on the basis that it will lose members who do not approve of homosexuality.

The BSA is meant to be an organization of service, growth and learning. It is meant to inspire young people to be respectful of each other without exception.

If this organization cannot even decide on its own moral affiliation, why should it be able to oppose the sexual orientation of its members?

You can either choose to be a part of a group composed of different opinions, or you can choose to leave, start your own group and act like an adult.

Those who are fighting to ban gays from the BSA are not acting like adults.

The BSA is not deciding on anything until Nov. 6. Since so much controversy has been started over the BSA’s decision to consider allowing gays into their organization, they have decided to leave the issue until they can get a better understanding of what they might sacrifice once they actually pick a side.

All in all, it just depends on the ability of the head BSA council in Washington D.C. to decide whether they want to stand with the tenets of diversity and respect, or move to limit the experiences of all of their members and those they exclude.