Well, first I’ll just say that I realize its been a while since I’ve posted on here, between working on Eagle stuff, being busy with other things, depression, and relationship stuff, I’ve just not have much time to sit down and post anything worthwhile on here. On to my topic…
As some of you may have heard muttered about in the background, the Boy Scouts of America have recently changed their membership policies to allow gay youth become members. This has caused an uproar with the churches across the nation that charter Scout Troops.
This is including my own.
So they have decided to allow their charter with our Troop to expire at the end of the year, and my Troop will disband. Luckily I’ll be able to get my Eagle well before then, but it’s still a very disheartening thing to hear. Close, good friends of mine won’t be able to reach it while in this Troop, some of which have been with it since Cub Scouts.
I don’t want to talk about this issue too long, but I think a few things need to be said.
1: How many openly gay youth are going to join Scouting? Between being alienated by all the other boys in a Troop (along with bullying and hazing because of it) and from his normal friends for wanting to be a part of Scouts, what sane kid would do that to himself? Not to mention, how many kids say openly “they are gay” at the age that most boys join Scouts? Answer, next to none. Never have I or anyone I know say that they were “born gay”. It almost always develops because of some form of parental issues, be it a extremely dominant mother or father, or a very passive father, or molestation, or whatever else, I’ve never heard of someone realistically saying they were born gay.
2: There was no reason to push this vote to change the membership policies. The legal side of it was taken care of years ago when they went before the Supreme Court and won their case. The main thing that happened was that highly liberal companies said that if they didn’t become more inclusive and conform to their agenda, they would drop their sponsorship and funding. Over 90% of the member base in my council were against the vote, but because money drives the world, national passed the vote. There was no need to bring this issue to a vote in the first place, and it was ridiculous.
3: The churches reaction to this. You don’t have to be religious in the least to see this point of it. If you’ve ever read the bible, you should know that Jesus hung around some of the most hated people in society, never turning his back on anyone. Lately, the view of the church has been that being openly gay is the unforgivable sin and that they shouldn’t even touch the ground the church sits on. That’s just plain wrong. No, if someone comes in and tries to make everyone accept and support homosexuality, that’s another story, but no one is trying to do that here. I personally don’t agree with National’s vote, but the overreaction from the church is just wrong, and their turning their backs on the youth, which should be all that matters.
Final verdict, the boys suffer in the end, this has easily cut Scouting in half or less here in the south, and cut down countless others throughout the country. Just as it seemed Scouting was starting to build up its member base again and reignite Scout spirit, they pull this, which if not enough other places step up and charter some Troops, could possibly kill Scouting, or at least reduce it and any accomplishments within it to a simple footnote.
Nothing to speak of creatively, emotionally, or spiritually.
Good luck, stay sane, and keep moving forward,