In a recent letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Tazler Smith suggests we “take time to learn about Scouting”.
I have and still don’t like what I see. By continuing their policy of excluding gay and lesbian adults in the ranks of scouting leadership, the Boy Scouts of America teach their youth membership discrimination, intolerance and hypocrisy.
This past week the California Supreme Court voted to remove an exception to a ban on membership in discriminatory organizations, which means California judges may no longer have any relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.
California joins 47 other states that ban membership by judges in any discriminatory group and 22 states that specify discrimination of the basis of sexual orientation. The complete story is available in the Jan. 24 edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Smith encourages “adults with talents they can share to contact one of the Boy Scout Troops in town to become a merit badge counselor, volunteer with the troop, or give an interesting talk”.
Does this invitation apply to gay and lesbian adults? I volunteer to give an interesting talk to any troop on civil rights, tolerance, compassion, and why bigotry and hatred are not qualities we want to instill in our children.