Word is that the Boy Scouts will discuss removing restrictions on sexual orientation. That is a good thing.
Currently, you also have to believe in God to be a Boy Scout. We know because the younger son tried to join. He went to the meetings, made some friends, earned some badges.
Then he had to earn a religious badge. “But we aren’t religious,” I told the Scout Master, leery to use the “a” word. “It can be any God, any religion” he said as he went through his list of acceptable religions. I finally told him we don’t worship any god. To which he replied, “We gave up our tax-exempt status so that we could require that our members worship a god.” Oh. I said. I presented this to my son and asked him if he wanted to earn a badge from any religion of his choice. “They shouldn’t force me,” he said.
So it is OK to be anything but homosexual and agnostic/atheist. According to Chief Justic Ronald M. George in California, “The Boy Scouts is an expressive social organization whose primary function is the inculcation of values in its young members.” Ah, that pesky word values. I wonder if their definition of values includes love, tolerance, acceptance and open-mindedness. Or perhaps it includes teaching children how to discriminate, exclude and marginalize people who have the same hopes, dreams and feelings as everyone else.
Hopefully, the Scouts will change their anti-gay policies. Perhaps the next step to a new and improved Boy Scouts will be admitting nonbelievers. Seeing that the Nones are on the rise, this would not only be a good thing but a necessary thing.