Scout’s Dishonor

I was interviewed for a local newspaper article about the Boy Scouts of America decision to keep the ban on gays in place.

Lawrence University professor Helen Boyd, author of two books about her relationship with a transgender partner, said the situation with the Boy Scouts is an example of “people trying to hold on to traditions that are unequal and unfair.”

She thinks the group eventually will overturn its policy, but said it would take some time.

“Policies like this are exactly the kind of things that young kids pay attention to,” said Boyd, who worries the Boy Scouts policy may lead gay youth to believe there’s something wrong with who they are.

In how many years are we going to look back & think, “what exactly was the problem?”

2 Replies to “Scout’s Dishonor”

  1. That was very well said Helen.

    Policies that support any kind of differencism (racism, homophobia etc) are detrimental to a mission of character building.

    I have never met anyone who became homophobic spontaneously on learning that gay or trans people exist. It seems to be a social phenomena that transforms the initial recognition that not everyone is the same into fear or even hatred of certain differences be they visible or invisible.

    It’s an essential component of healthy development in my opinion, to recognize early that no two people are exactly alike, and to learn that that is a human strength not a weakness.

  2. Thank you, Helen.

    If BSA headquarters wanted Scouting to teach good morals and citizenship, it would seize the opportunity to teach Scouts about cooperating respectfully in society with people even in the context of cultural controversy – that even if there’s something about somebody that you or your family or your church disapproves of, good citizens still can – and must – work together courteously. Shunning and silencing those you disagree with is bad citizenship and bad morality, nothing to demonstrate to kids.

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