I signed Jennifer Tyrrell’s petition to tell the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy of discriminating against gay youth and leaders.
You should sign, too.
It had a place for personal comments. This is what I wrote. Feel free to borrow from any part of it if you think it will help you express yourself:
I simply don’t understand the BSA’s homophobia but it must stop. Scout leaders don’t have any reason to bring sex into Scouting activities at all, so why does it matter if they’re leaving heterosexual or homosexual thoughts at home? Scouting should be about teaching basic survival skills, duty, honor, compassion, and respect. These are not the private province of those with a particular gender preference. And it’s hard to see how you teach respect by disrespecting the dignity of a whole class of people. Finally, as to teaching religion, religions vary a lot and an increasing number accept gays, so the BSA has no business telling anyone what the right or wrong religion is.