Should the Boy Scouts Allow Gay Leaders?
Last month, a lesbian Club scout leader was ousted in Ohio, and now the Boy Scouts of America is facing intense pressure to abandon its long-time policy of barring homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders. Jennifer Tyrrell, a Cub Scout den leader from Bridgeport, Ohio, was removed from that position in early April after Boy Scout officials discovered that she was a lesbian. The Scout Oath emphasizes the importance of Boy Scouts being “morally straight,” and homosexual conduct violates that value, BSA officials explained. New American
Back in 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled that the BSA has the right to bar homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders, finding that opposition to homosexuality was part of the organization’s “expressive message” and to force the BSA to include homosexual leaders would violate the group’s values. There, case closed. The decision has been made.
Writing for the 5-4 majority in the case, Chief Justice William Rehnquist explained: “Forcing a group to accept certain members may impair the ability of the group to express those views and only those views, it intends to express.”
In explaining its dismissal of Tyrrell, the BSA said in a statement that it did not think a Scout den “is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay. Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.” Nonetheless, the organization said, “Scouting will continue to teach our members to treat everyone with courtesy and respect.”
You see, once again we have them crying discrimination, and they don’t want normal people telling them what to do, but yet gays/lesbians are still trying to force off their lifestyle on others. But as usual we have Tyrrell still whining taking to the Change.org petition website to marshal support for her effort to force the BSA to change its policy barring homosexuals.
Tyrrell has solicited some 280,000 petition signatures in support of her campaign, and those signatures will be presented to BSA officials at a Boy Scout leadership meeting in Florida beginning May 30. While Tyrrell said she would not be able to meet with Boy Scout officials in person, the petitions will be delivered by Zach Wahls, a 20-year-old former Eagle Scout raised by two lesbian partners he considers his parents.
The Los Angeles Times reported that one member of the Ohio River Valley Council of the BSA resigned his Boy Scout position in support of Tyrrell. Board member David J. Sims, a lawyer and longtime Democrat serving on the Ohio County Commission, said that while he did not personally know Tyrrell, “I felt that it was wrong that she was removed as the Tiger Cub leader solely based on her sexual orientation.”
Hello people, the Supreme Court has already ruled here, time to back off and move on. If an organization, which is their right doesn’t condone that type of lifestyle, they are within their rights legally to deny gay/lesbian leaders.
The BSA responded to the emotional display by noting that “Scouting is composed of millions of youth members and adult volunteers, in councils across the nation, who represent diverse communities with a variety of beliefs about this issue. We value the freedom of everyone to express their opinion and believe to disagree does not mean to disrespect.” New American
The BSA sets polices that are best for its organization and membership. Longtime followers of the Boy Scouts said it appeared unlikely that the organization would change its position about allowing homosexuals to serve as Scout leaders.