Boy Scouts bail, won’t lift ban on gays for now, won’t decide until 2013

You may recall that the Boy Scouts were in the midst of deciding whether they should lift their nationwide ban on gay scouts and gay scout masters.

Though what the Boy Scouts were considering wasn’t non-discrimination, rather it was to permit local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to discriminate against gay troops and gay scout masters, while the national HQ wouldn’t have an official policy on the matter, and would simply watch the discrimination happen under its watch, and with its money, donated by big famous American corporations.

Well, it seems that all the religious right (and assuredly, Mormon) pressure worked.  The Boy Scouts blinked, and now won’t make a decision until May.  Such role models, they are.

Okay then, three more months to beat the bejesus out of any corporation that gives money to the Boy Scout bigots. Works for me.  Destroy them.

Here’s the Boy Scouts’ statement, just released.

For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, providing it’s youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization.

After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.

To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting members of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.

Head bigot in charge, Richard Land of the Southern Baptists, explains what a “catastrophe” it’s going to be if the Boy Scouts stop discriminating.


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