Demand that the Boy Scouts of America Remove its Anti-Gay Policy

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Target: Deron Smith, national spokesperson of the Boy Scouts of America

Goal: Remove anti-gay policy enforced by the Boy Scouts of America.

Recently after a two-year review, an 11-person committee determined that the Boy Scouts of America would keep its ban on gays. This means that both Scouts and leaders who are gay would be either kicked out or prohibited from joining the Boy Scouts. Not only is this policy hurtful and discriminatory, but it is also teaching young Boy Scouts that discrimination is okay. This policy is extremely offensive and must be removed.

By showing young Boy Scouts that they are allowed to ban gay people from their organization, these children are learning how to discriminate against people unlike themselves. This organization is meant to teach young boys camping and survival skills as well as general life lessons. If someone who these boys look up to so much, such as their Scout leader, tells them that being gay is wrong, these children are going to believe him. These Scouts are then going to grow up to be prejudiced and close-minded men. Often, Boy Scouts are role models for other young men in their community, meaning that not only the Scouts, but also their peers in the community will be raised thinking that discriminating against gay people is okay. In order to stop discrimination against gay people, the ban by the Boy Scouts of America must be removed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Deron Smith,

The anti-gay policy enforced by the Boy Scouts of America must be removed. This offensive policy is both outdated and discriminatory. Not only does this ban offend people who are gay, but it also teaches young Scouts bad morals and discrimination. If Scout leaders are discriminating against gay people, young Scouts who look up to their leaders are going to develop the same close-minded opinions. This discrimination is not guaranteed to stay limited to gay people either. If children learn discrimination at a young age, they are likely to discriminate against many groups of people in a wide variety of ways.

As role models of America, the Boy Scouts must emphasize good morals including equality. If other children look up to their friends or parents who are Scouts, they will also learn prejudice. The worst part is that if children learn to exclude people at a young age, they won’t even realize that what they are doing is wrong. In order to stop discrimination, the Boy Scouts of America must remove the ban against gay people immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. What’s the problem, where scouting can’t be for all kids who want to join?

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