We, the Scouts and community members of Columbia, MO urge the Great Rivers Council to reject the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
As a Life member of the Philmont Staff Association and an Eagle Scout I am tortured by the current, negatively impacting, exclusionary policies of the BSA. The Anti-gay policy affects the BSA and our whole society - specifically and generally. If there were no policy on this issue, members could take care of this issue on their own and in their own family. The anti-gay policy perpetuates idolatries of the mind, demons from our past, that most mental health professionals would recommend putting to sleep. I would be glad to put a board of professionals together to answer questions the council may have surrounding this subject. Please become a supporting Council.
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.
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.
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!