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The Boy Scouts of America – How does one forgive Stupid?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

So – The Boy Scouts of America will continue to ban gay members. Took them two years to review and make this decision. I’m just wondering… were there any scouts on this panel that represented “a diversity of perspectives and opinions?”

Boy Scouts chief executive Bob Mazzuca explained in a statement: “The vast majority of parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting.”

I’m also wondering if the fact that organized religion is now sponsoring 62 percent of scout troops had any influence on this decision.

The Mormon Church, which sponsors some 23 percent of Boy Scout troops, actually requires Boy Scout participation for members of its own youth ministry.

The Mormon Church pumped millions of dollars into the State of California to make sure the gay marriage law didn’t pass, so one would have to think that perhaps this “religion” may have had some pull in the discrimination of young gay men who want to join the Boy Scouts of America.

Isn’t religion supposed to be about love and forgiveness?

The word Forgive is defined by the Free Online Dictionary as follows:

  • to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
  • to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc.)
  • (tr) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
  • (tr) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc.)

The thing is, I don’t blame these self-righteous church people for anything, and I’m not resentful; I just think they’re ignorant and homophobic and afraid of what they don’t know. Besides – how does one forgive stupid?

It’s the boys who will suffer – the boys who can’t become Boy Scouts who will feel less-than, discriminated against and worthless. While the boys who can become Boy Scouts will feel superior, and know that it’s okay to bully and discriminate against the gay community.

The Boy Scouts of America are a privately owned organization. It’s obvious who owns them – and it’s obvious that their Bibles all preach discrimination and homophobia. What a wonderful example of fine-Christian-Living this is, and how sad for the gay kids who already face hostility and violence every day in their own country.

How does one forgive Stupid?

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8 more reader comments:

  1. You don’t. Just create a new, inclusive club.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:15am
  2. why not were not women once excluded from voting ???? G-d how narrow minded …………

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:43am
  3. Ya this sure worked for Sandusky and Penn State!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 9:02am
  4. A public apology would be a great start as these insane incomprehensible phenomenons in our world are exactly what are keeping us from progressing and succeeding. Are peopel aware there are so many other relevant situations in the world and in our society to deal with such as helping our nation to be on the top in education, helping to solidify our economy, helping to deal with those who are purposefully destroying our world to pay attention to who sleeps with whom. Everyone has the right to believe whatever they feel is rational and or because of their faiths. The issue is when people are allowing themselves to even hurt others on any level to stop a person from doing what they feel comfortable is the right thing for them in order for them to live close to a peaceful and/or normal life. Above all WE ARE IN A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY PEOPLE.

    Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:01am
  5. it’s better to be insane than to be stupid coz there’s no cure for stupidity

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:33pm
  6. oh one more thing we should be glad that we are not born like them…STUPIDS

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:38pm
  7. i think everyone should be allowed in scouts

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  8. been a boyscout, dont think allowing Gays would be smart

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:46am