Don’t Allow Religious Groups to Ban Gay Boy Scout Leaders

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Target: Robert Gates, president of Boy Scouts of America

Goal: Implement a full inclusion policy so that religious groups in Boy Scouts of America are not still allowed to discriminate against gay or bisexual leaders.

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) took a major stand for human rights by ending its blanket ban against gay leaders. Although this is a big success, church-sponsored Scout units will still be allowed to ban gay leaders for religious reasons. Apparently, this issue is still dividing the organization.

The Mormon church sponsors the majority of BSA units and said it was “deeply troubled” by the decision. It’s awful that it would be troubled by a decision that doesn’t continue to allow hate and discrimination. Church officials are now considering forming their own organization to replace BSA.  That seems like it could be for the best.

Discrimination and hate should not be tolerated regardless of what someone’s religious beliefs are, especially when you are involved in one of the largest youth organizations in the country. Urge BSA officials to implement a full inclusion policy so that religious groups in Boy Scouts of America are not still allowed to discriminate against gay or bisexual leaders.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Robert Gates,

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) took a major stand for human rights by ending its blanket ban against gay leaders, and I thank you for that. However, church-sponsored Scout units will still be allowed to ban gay leaders for religious reasons.

Discrimination and hate should not be tolerated regardless of what someone’s religious beliefs are, especially in one of the largest youth organizations in the country. I urge you to implement a full inclusion policy so that religious groups in Boy Scouts of America are not still allowed to discriminate against gay or bisexual leaders.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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