Scouts vote on anti-gay policy
On May 23, Boy Scout Councils across the country will vote on a proposal to drop the ban on gay youth and leaders participating in the Boy Scouts. Clearly, this is a change that is long overdue and a policy that never should have existed in the first place.
The majority of resistance to this change comes from church-sponsored Scout troops. For many churches, the Scouting program is a major component of their youth program. I would ask those resisting this policy change if they really wish to exclude up to 12 percent of their youth from youth activities because they are gay? Would you ask a gay youth wishing to join your church services to leave, as well? How would you feel if this was your son being shunned because of who he is? What message does this send to a teenage youth and what part of this sounds at all friendly, courteous, kind, loving, or even Christian?
Scouting has something to be very proud of in all of this. The key leaders of the effort to change this policy are Eagle Scouts themselves. These Eagle Scouts are exemplifying the courage and leadership they learned so well in their youth to change something unfair and unjust.
For those who wish to encourage the Oregon Trail Council (covering Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg and the Coast) to vote to change this policy and include gay youth and leaders, please sign our petition by visiting www.change.org and searching for “Oregon Trail Council.”