Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy
  • Petitioned Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America

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Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts of America

Reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy

    1. Petition by

      Tammie Weitzman

      Thornton, CO

We, the Scouts and community members of Thornton, Broomfield, Westminster Colorado urge the Denver Area Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.

I find it actually is the opposite of what scouts claims to be for, teaching boys to respect differences amongst all people. Things like being fair, to do your duty to God and your country, to help other people and take care of out community. Everyone also interprets God in their own way, Scouts can earn their religious badge for Buddism, Muslimism as well as Christianity.

Among service organizations, the Boy Scouts are increasingly isolating themselves with their discriminatory policy. Organizations including the Girl Scouts, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as the 4H Club all welcome gay kids as well as adult leaders. Boy Scouts in other countries do not have an anti-gay policy, I believe it is time to end this practic here in America

We love the Boy Scouts, but we can’t support this policy. That's why we urge you to speak out against the ban on gay Scouts and leaders and adopt an inclusive policy like other troops, packs, councils, and lodges across the country have done -- so the Boy Scouts can maintain its relevancy, improve recruitment, and truly live by the principles it teaches its members.

Both President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney have joined Scouts for Equality to help end the anti-gay policy in Boy Scouts.
100 years is too long for this antiquated rule
Thank you for your time and consideration in this important manner

NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former Scout or leader, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!

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    • Kelley Coffman-Lee DENVER, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Bigotry is not a good lesson to teach children, BSA!!

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    • Andrea Claassen BRUCE, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm an ASM, my husband is Advancements Coordinator, and we have a Star Scout and a Second Class Scout. The anti-gay policy conflicts with the BSA's vision and mission statements and with the Scout Law and Oath. Do the right thing, BSA -- own up to your wrongdoing and overturn this deleterious policy. Membership should be based on character and nothing else.

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    • John Christiansen MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      My nephew in Lakewood would like to start Cub Scouts but will not join an organization with discriminatory policies. Thank you.

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    • Robert Clemans GOLDEN, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      All boys and men must be treated fairly. They must all have to opportunity to participate and advance as they perform the required tasks. Merit is the most important test.

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    • Rolf Asphaug CENTENNIAL, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm an Eagle Scout and an adult Scout leader, and my wife and I have two sons in Scouting. We are also members of First Plymouth Congregational Church, one of more than a thousand “open and affirming” congregations of the United Church of Christ that, as a religious doctrine, welcome LGBT members into our life and programs. This isn’t a matter of politics or sociology, it’s a matter of religious faith grounded in the Bible.

      The final words of the Scout Law, unchanged since 1911 are: “A Scout is reverent.” In other words, A Scout is true to his faith. And the second main principle of Scouting, the Scout Oath, also unchanged for generations, calls for Scouts to do their “duty to God” and to be “morally straight.” According to the Boy Scout Handbook, being “morally straight” means: "Your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs.”

      In contrast, the current decision of national BSA would require us to disrespect the rights of others, to value dishonest and secretive behavior over living an open and honest life, and to be unfaithful to our religious beliefs. It means that honest, open, and deeply moral and spiritual Americans such as U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Jared Polis, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Monica Marquez, and thousands of openly gay or lesbian American servicemen and women serving our country with honor in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, are all flatly banned from Scouting … precisely BECAUSE they are living their lives openly and honestly in accordance with Scouting’s bedrock principles!

      Our church congregation has said prayers for today’s Boy Scouts of America. We pray that its national leadership - or failing that, at least our local Council - comes to understand what it means to be honest and open in one’s relationships with others, to respect and defend the rights of all people, to remain faithful in your religious beliefs, and to be reverent. Because those principles – not some misguided discriminatory beliefs, not a uniform, and not a medallion on a strip of cloth – are what it truly means to be a Scout.

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