I was a Boy Scout. An Eagle Scout actually. Which, if you know anything about scouting, is a fairly big challenge and kind of a big deal.

I spent the formative years of my life involved in scouting. I can still recite the Scout Law, the Scout Oath and even the Outdoor Code!

And I hope someday my kids will be involved in scouting too.

And yet- when I read this article in the NY Times last week about the city of Philadelphia evicting the Boy Scouts from city-owned land I actually cheered the decision.

That’s because:

For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground. It resisted the city?s request to change its discriminatory policy toward gay people despite threats that if it did not do so, the city would evict the group from a municipal building where the Scouts have resided practically rent free since 1928.

Exclusion and discrimination are NOT part of the values I learned in Scouting- and they shouldn’t be part of the groups’ national agenda.

It’s really time for the BSA to grow up.

 

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