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    I think it will definitely hurt the boy scouts. I think the number of scouts and sponsoring organizations that will pull out will far outnumber those that will join because of the changes. Especially since 70% of scout troops are chartered by religious organizations.

    Will the Scouts now be split between troops with gay-friendly policies and those that keep the ban? What will a National Jamboree be like if it brings together these disparate groups with conflicting ideologies?

    A top official of the Southern Baptist Convention, whose conservative churches sponsor hundreds of Scout units that embrace the ban, was among those alarmed that the BSA is proposing to allow sponsoring organizations to decide for themselves whether to admit gays as scouts and adult leaders.

    "We understand that we are now a minority, that it is not popular to have biblical values, not popular to take stands that seem intolerant," said Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee. "This is going to lead to a disintegration of faith-based values."

    Page had been scheduled to speak in July at the Scouts' National Jamboree in West Virginia, and he's now apprehensive there could be conflict as troops with differing policies converge. Asked if he might decide not to speak, Page said he would pray about it.

    Of the more than 110,000 scouting units across the U.S., nearly 70 percent are chartered by religious organizations. Some were pleased by the proposed change, others were troubled.
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    I think putting an end to discrimination may make them lose some people, and that's a good thing.

    I also think that it's not accurate that religious organizations are automatically anti-gay. Many of them aren't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I think it will definitely hurt the boy scouts. I think the number of scouts and sponsoring organizations that will pull out will far outnumber those that will join because of the changes. Especially since 70% of scout troops are chartered by religious organizations.


    Keep in mind too that at least according to the article, this decision isn't going to make it so that individual packs can't discriminate - it is only going to remove the policy from the Scouts organization over all and then leave the decision up to individual packs as to whether they want to continue to discriminate. So religious organizations that want to keep discriminating against homosexuals will be able to do so. But now they have to take responsibility for it themselves and admit that it is their own discriminatory policy, rather than simply following the rules set out by the BSA.

    I don't see why they would feel the need to pull out of the organization simply because others can choose NOT to discriminate, but I probably underestimate the depth of anti-homosexual sentiment in some corners.
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    Welcome to 2013 boy scouts! I'm not worried about them losing members ~ most people join scouts because they love scouting or join their kids because they had a nice experience of it as a child. If the anti`inclusive crowd pulls out all the better! Who wants to belong to an organization with bigots? Many, many people I know had boycotted the scouts because of their exclusion of homosexuals, I'm sure that they will pick up a ton of new members and new sponsors.

    We won't do it because its a huge time suck and we have other things we focus on as a family, but I think that it can be great for kids.

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    What about Girl Scouts? Do they have a similar policy?

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    Girl scouts are cool with teh gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Girl scouts are cool with teh gay.
    Good to know. DD's in Sparks and she really loves it.

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    Scouts here is likely different, I have never heard of a gay ban for scouts in Australia. My DS will be joining scouts once he is old enough. My disappointment with scouts here is they allowed girls to start joining years ago which is not something I really agree with. I come from a Guiding background, my Mum was a Guide and a leader as I have been since I was 7.

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    It's sad that they're only still "considering" it. I'm sure the bigoted members will pull out but that will be for the best. My son will not and has not participated in boy scouts.

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    So I wonder if they would have to change the Scout Oath too....

    Scout Oath
    On my honor I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and my country
    To keep myself physically strong,
    ... mentally awake, and morally straight.
    and to obey the Scout Law;
    To help other people at all times;
    To keep myself physically strong,
    mentally awake, and morally straight.
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