This is in response to Frederick Bedell's letter in the June 6th edition in which he decries the Boy Scouts' decision to permit gay youth as "opposed to the principles of the Boy Scouts," which he found to be so rewarding and educational.
An important passage from the BSA's clarification of its policy statement reads:
"No member may use Scouting to promote or advance any social or political position or agenda."
Congratulations to the Scouts who voted for this policy change and to the leadership that helped it happen. Last time I looked, the sky had not fallen. As with same-sex marriage and military acceptance of gay folks, a generation from now people will wonder what all the fuss was about.
While a clear 60 percent of voting members did the right thing to overturn the ban on gay Scouts, it's rather short sighted to not allow gay Scout leaders. In order for the BSA to grow and succeed, it must include nurturing and building leadership from within.
It's a strange organizational message that you're welcome as a young gay scout, but you're not welcome when you become an adult.