The love affair between Southern Baptists and the Boy Scouts is officially over. At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptists Convention on Wednesday, members of the religious organization voted to urge the Boy Scouts of America to remove those responsible for changing its policy on allowing gay members. “This decision of the BSA is viewed by many homosexual activists as merely the first step in a process that will fundamentally change the BSA, putting the Scouts at odds with a consistent biblical worldview on matters of human sexuality,” the resolution stated. While the measure praised the Boy Scouts for it’s long history of promoting “God and biblical precepts,” it argued that the recent decision to allow gay scout members ran afoul of that mission. “Homosexuality is directly opposed to everything that Scouting stands for. I am disappointed in Scouting,” Rev. Wes Taylor, who spoke in favor of the resolution, said at the convention, the Los … [Read more...] about Southern Baptist Convention blasts Boy Scouts over stance on homosexuality, votes to encourage defectors
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Girl Scouts is the premier girl leadership organization in the world, and I am proud to serve as its 20th chief executive officer. Every day we work to carry out the vision of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of every girl to make a positive impact on the world. We are disappointed that Boy Scouts of America has chosen to open its program to girls in contravention of its charter, rather than focusing on the 90% of American boys not being served by Boy Scouts. We believe strongly in the importance of the safe, all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides. More: Megyn Kelly had a hard-hitting brand. Why is NBC making her dance? More: 'Front Row Kids' and values have taken over our courts: Glenn Reynolds At Girl Scouts, girls aren’t the ancillary tag-along or supporting player — they are the central character. For more than a century, Girl Scouts has delivered … [Read more...] about Girls are stars in Girl Scouts. They’d be supporting players in Boy Scouts.
It was a gay (and lesbian) old time at the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards, where Madonna called for revolution, and NFL players, newscasters, “Jersey Shore” stars and Honey Boo Boo joined in the chant for civil rights. Dressed in a faux Cub Scouts uniform bearing the number 13, Madonna stole the show in an 11-minute speech before urging the Boy Scouts of America “to change their stupid rules” of banning gay members. She compared discrimination against homosexuals to white supremacists lynching black people in the Deep South and said, “I don’t know about you, but I can’t take this s— anymore. That’s why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me? It’s 2013. We live in America — the land of the free and home of the brave? That’s a question, not a statement.” After being introduced by Madonna, Anderson Cooper took the stage to receive the Vito Russo … [Read more...] about Madonna is GLAAD to honor Anderson Cooper and calls out the Boy Scouts to end gay ban
On opposite sides of the world, the brother and sister sat transfixed before their computers, reading a stranger's account of long-ago secrets and deeply buried sins. The memo was just four pages long, about an incident in 1963 at a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey. A Scout executive had gotten drunk during an overnight outing, then was discovered gambling with a group of boys. But there was more. The brother and sister read on - about how this man "was observed molesting an Explorer Scout sitting at his side." About how he was admitted, voluntarily, to a mental hospital. They read about an investigation that determined he had tried to molest another Scout. It found that this man's "problem," as the document called it, had apparently existed for decades. They read, too, about a call from this local Boy Scouts council for "suppression of spread of incident beyond group with knowledge of it." ''We know enough to advise that Brandon P. Gray should never again be registered in any … [Read more...] about Siblings discover document detailing their father’s molestation of Boy Scouts, sparking them to recall their own abuse
A former Boy Scout has sacrificed his treasured Eagle medal to give to a shunned teen across the country, who was denied his own because he is gay. Dr. Andrew Zerbinopolous of Jacksonville, Fla., says it isn’t fair that the Boy Scouts of America refused to give the award to 17-year-old Ryan Andresen, on the basis of his homosexuality. “If I can make him feel like he has some support out there, it’s worth it to me to send him a piece of metal,” Zerbinopolous told First Coast News. TEEN BOY SCOUT DENIED EAGLE RANK BECAUSE HE'S GAY Andresen, of Moraga, Calif., says he had already completed all the requirements to become an Eagle Scout — the highest Boy Scout rank — when his scoutmaster refused to sign off on the award because he is gay. “It was by far the biggest goal of my life,” Andresen told Yahoo News. “It’s totally devastating.” Courtesy of the Andresen Family Ryan Andresen was denied the Eagle … [Read more...] about Former Boy Scout sends Eagle medal to teen who was denied his own because he’s gay
Across the U.S., Eagle Scouts - the most esteemed rank in the Boy Scouts of America - are returning their hard-earned medals to protest the organization's ban of gay scouts and leaders, according to a report. The Boy Scouts said they didn't have a number "of those choosing to return medals over the years," but posts on the blog BoingBoing on Monday and Wednesday featured notices from several now-former Eagles who said they sent back their awards in response to the group's anti-gay stance. Chris Baker, an engineer in Minneapolis, said he decided to turn in his badge on Friday after spotting a Facebook post from a fellow scout who did the same. "I said, 'Let's do this. Let's drown them with returned Eagle Scout medals to show them they are wrong,'" Baker told the Daily News. In a letter to Bob Mazzuca, the organization's Chief Scout Executive, Baker, 31, slammed the Boy Scouts for "bigotry" and accused it of selling out its own values of inclusion and honor. "(As a Boy … [Read more...] about Eagle Scouts return medals to protest Boy Scouts anti-gay policy
Eric Jones was a member of the Boys Scouts of America for nearly 10 years up until Sunday. The 19-year-old, who was serving as a counselor at one of the organization's summer camps in Missouri, sat down with the camp director to tell him that he was gay. "I'd been working on coming out," Jones, who is also an Eagle Scout, told the Daily News. "I thought it was time to have my life of scouting and my other life come together." Jones, however, quickly lost his job, as the camp's director asked him to leave. "He said I was deserving to be there, but he had to follow the policy of BSA," Jones said. Boys Scouts of America has long been known to have a policy that bars openly gay males from joining the organization. Gay advocates recently told MSNBC that the organization is currently in the process of reviewing a resolution that would end the 102-year-old policy, but a Boy Scouts spokesman insisted that there weren't any current plans to change it. "Contrary to media … [Read more...] about Missouri Eagle Scout Eric Jones comes out, loses Boy Scouts job
Hundreds of enraged scouts descended on Staten Island Saturday to protest the sale of a beloved nature camp.More than 500 current and former scouts turned out to demonstrate against a plan by the cash-strapped Greater New York City Council of the Boy Scouts of America to sell the William H. Pouch Scout Camp in Sea View. "We need so badly to save this place," said scout Mike Loconte, 17, of Annadale. "I've learned so much about myself here. Camp Pouch is part of who I am. Without it, scouting won't be the same." The mass protest was sparked by the Boy Scouts council's announcement last month that it needed to sell the 120-acre park due to severe financial problems. William Kelly, a council spokesman, said it was still looking for ways to avoid releasing the property. "We're doing everything we can," Kelly said. "We don't want to sell the property. We want to keep Pouch open." Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Boy Scouts protest sale of William H. Pouch Scout Camp
The New York chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has made history by hiring an openly gay adult — and telling bigotry to take a hike. They have hired a gutsy 18-year-old Eagle Scout named Pascal Tessier to work as a camp counselor this summer at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in upstate New York. And nobody is prouder than his mom. “I am,” said Tracie Felker, who lives in Hagerstown, Md., when asked about her boundary-breaking boy. “It’s not a brave thing he is doing,” she added. “It’s something necessary, something that needs to be done.” Legal eagle David Boies, best known for leading the fight against California’s anti-gay marriage law, said Tessier “embodies the best qualities of an Eagle Scout, and of America.” “Permitting him to continue his service to scouts and to scouting is the right decision for the Boy Scouts, and for our community,” said Boies, who is also a former scout. … [Read more...] about New York branch of Boy Scouts of America hires gay adult employee — defying national leadership
Knock, knock, Boy Scouts of America. It’s history calling — a turn of tide toward acceptance of gays in society. Fully and rightly protected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Scouts adhere to banning openly gay employees and volunteers. But now, the Greater New York Council is defying the Texas-based national organization’s employment bar while honoring New York civil rights law, which forbids discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The Council has hired an impressive 18-year-old Eagle Scout named Pascal Tessier to work this summer as a camp counselor at the Ten Mile River scout camp in Sullivan County. Here was one more indication of how remarkably attitudes toward homosexuality are coming into line with the famous question posed by Pope Francis: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” The Council hired Tessier the same week that corporate giants like Apple and Walmart led the charge toward amending … [Read more...] about Boy Scouts badge of courage: So a New York camp wants to hire a gay counselor. Deal with it.