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  • But I am going to write it anyway.

    The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization that has undergone many changes since its founding in 1910. Recently, it has come under fire for the exclusion of openly gay individuals who are wanting to continue or join as scoutmasters or members. While it may seem out of step with the times, the Boy Scouts of America has seen fit to retain this policy, as is their right.

    I guess I should mention that I am a supporter of LGBT rights. I am for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, support same sex marriage, and believe that discrimination in any form is abhorrent to both God and man. So why have I chosen to support the Boy Scouts of America in their banning of gay individuals in their ranks?

    Firstly, they are a Private organization. No one is compelled to join the Boy Scouts, or to accept their credo or oath. No one has to be a Scout.

    Secondly, they are a youth organization, led by adults. Like all youth organizations, they are under constant scrutiny to prevent any harm from coming to the boys under their supervision. And they are not always successful.

    I am not equating homosexuality with pedophilia. It is the perception that men attracted to men might be a bad example to boys. A perception I do not agree with. It is ludicrous to believe a man who loves another man is automatically a pedophile. That is insulting and unfair.

    But in their position as people entrusted with the safety of youth, it is not enough to avoid impropriety, but to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

    Over the years, the Boy Scouts have grown to include African Americans, and people of other faiths in their ranks. They have adapted to the times and will adapt again. Eventually, when the perception of gays has reached the level where people no longer are threatened by them, the Boy Scouts will also include them. But the timing is not right. To insist the public can instantly mainstream gay Americans into every nook and cranny of life without changing these perceptions is as ridiculous as thinking we have eliminated racism in America. Legislation does not eliminate ignorance, no matter how much we would like it to.

    Its a matter of priorities, choosing the battles you can win and avoiding the ones you cannot. Let's repeal the DOMA, let's get same-sex marriage acknowledged in all 50 states, let's establish that gay Americans are decent, hard working people who want the same things in life as the rest of us. Let's win the major battle, and the minor skirmishes will fall.

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