Originally Posted by momtoalexsarah
Um what is so wrong with scouting? I don't get it, I was a leader for a cub and scout troup here for a number of years prior to having my kids. It was excellent, ours are co-ed here and as I said i just don't get the issue.
My father was an eagle scout and a volunteer for my brother's cub scout group back in the 80's. When I was born, he called me his "first boy scout" even though I'm female. Scouting was a big part of his life, and he raised me and my brother to appreciate the lessons he learned during his years in Boy Scouts.
My father was also a strong atheist. My brother identified as an atheist as well when he was in Cub Scouts. These were not issues back then.
Now (and I recall this becoming a big issue in the early '90s), atheists and people who self-identify as Queer (i.e. homosexuals) are not permitted in Boy Scouts. I cannot support an organization that discriminates against people based on their religious beliefs or disbeliefs or their sexuality. I have two boys. I'd LOVE for them to join Boy Scouts. I like the lessons, crafts, camping trips, etc. that are a part of scouts. But, my children are some of those who are discriminated against by the Boy Scouts. My 6 year old self-identifies as an atheist. And, what if my children decided at some point that they were gay? What if they put in all those years, all that time and effort, just to be thrown out of a group they had invested so much into? Just be be declared immoral.
And what would I be teaching them, to let them join such a group? I'd be teaching them that it's okay to discriminate against people because of their beliefs regarding God or gods. That it's okay to discriminate against people because of their sexuality. Or even that it's okay to lie about themselves in order to participate in such a group. Those aren't the kinds of values I'm raising my children to hold dear.
I hope that BSA changes their policies and welcomes all boys rather than a select few. But, as long as they discriminate in such a hateful way, my family will not - in any way - participate in the Boy Scouts, and we will continue to speak out against them.