Boy Scouts Send Out Despicable Survey Questioning Parents And Troops About Gay Scenarios

imagesIn yet another really stupid move, the Boy Scouts of America has taken its anti-gay agenda to a new level. The Dallas Voice reported on Monday that the organization has now mailed a survey to members and parents hoping to get reallyyyy bad feedback so that they can blame it on the parents if the organization decides to stay anti-gay seeking their input about the group’s tough stance on gay troops and leaders – and the Dallas Voice has obtained access to the survey.

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The survey read:

“The Boy Scouts of America is in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy, as it relates to the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” the BSA wrote in an email announcing the survey. “We are dedicated to the integrity of this process. In an effort to listen to our members’ perspectives and concerns, we ask you to answer some questions about this topic and about your overall Scouting experiences.” (Dallas Voice)

The questions, as provided by Towleroad:

  1. Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?
  2. Tom started in the program as a Tiger Cub, and finished every requirement for the Eagle Scout Award at 16 years of age. At his board of review Tom reveals that he is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the review board to deny his Eagle Scout award based on that admission?
  3. Johnny, a first grade boy, has joined Tiger Cubs with his friends. Johnny’s friends and their parents unanimously nominate Johnny’s mom, who is known by them to be lesbian, to be the den leader. Johnny’s pack is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith does not teach that homosexuality is wrong. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for his mother to serve as a den leader for his Cub Scout den?
  4. A troop is chartered by an organization that does not believe homosexuality is wrong and allows gays to be ministers. The youth minister traditionally serves as the Scoutmaster for the troop. The congregation hires a youth minister who is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this youth minister to serve as the Scoutmaster?
  5. David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong. His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teaches that homosexuality is wrong. Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?
  6. A gay male troop leader, along with another adult leader, is taking a group of boys on a camping trip following the youth protection guidelines of two-deep leadership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?
  7. Other questions include this one, which is asked both before and after the questions asked above:
  8. The current Boy Scouts of America requirements, stated above, prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?
  9. More questions:
  10. Different organizations that charter Boy Scout troops have different positions on the morality of homosexuality. Do you support or oppose allowing charter organizations to follow their own beliefs when selecting Boy Scout members and adult leaders, if that means there will be different standards from one organization to the next?
  11. What is your greatest concern if the policy remains in place and openly gay youth and adults are prohibited from joining Scouting?
  12. What is your greatest concern if the policy is changed to allow charter organizations to make their own decisions to admit openly gay Scouts and leaders?
  13. Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?
  14. If the Boy Scouts of America makes a decision on this policy that disagrees with your own view, will you continue to participate in the Boy Scouts, or will you leave the organization?
  15. How likely is it that you would recommend volunteering in the Scouting program to other friends or acquaintances?

One angry parent who received the survey took to his blog to deliver an outraged rant about the organization’s harsh discrimination policies and his frustration with only being able to choose without adding comments.

So, today I received an online survey from the Boy Scouts of America. They want to know what I think, as the parent of a scout, of changing their policy on homosexual members of the organization.

The problem is that they didn’t let me fully answer the questions. I was merely allowed to rank things on a numerical scale from “Totally Unacceptable” to “Totally Acceptable,” with a few in-between rankings. (Unwashed Advocate)

 

The Boy Scouts has claimed to embrace diversity in recent years, but that open-mindedness doesn’t extend to gay troops and leaders.

 

Hey, Boy Scouts? Either accept gay people or don’t accept gay people. You’ve been straddling this fence for far too long and the public, your funding sources, and your own troops and leaders, are growing weary.

Under different circumstances, I’d appreciate their efforts to evolve with the rest of our society, and I’d even be inclined to praise their attempts to gauge opinions by questioning troops and parents. But I can’t do either of those things in the present circumstances because they aren’t exploring “new” options because it’s the right thing to do. They’re considering expanding their welcome to gay troops and gay parents because of money. Their sponsors have steadily begun to pull away their support because of the discrimination practiced by the organization. And no matter how solid a history an organization has, when their good efforts only come after the purse is taken away, they lose whatever respect I may have had for them, and I don’t think my opinion is unique.

From the Unwashed Advocate blogger:

The fact that they even need to ask these questions shows that the organization is still a deplorable not-for-profit (or not-blatantly-for-profit) group of deluded and unethical scum who have no loyalty to the core values of the program.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.The Boy Scout Program is a wonderful and enriching one that helps boys to be better men.

The Boy Scout Organization is a disgusting business that disguises itself as a not-for-profit and angelic presence in our society while supporting discriminatory policies.

Oh, and while we’re at it, they should also drop their ban on atheists and agnostics.

“On My Honor….”

If the Boy Scouts have honor, they’ll make a tough choice.

1) Continue to be anti-gay and willingly accept the backlash that’s going to come with that decision -or-

2) Fully embrace change and welcome good kids who happen to be gay and amazing troop leaders who happen to be gay because it’s the right thing to do

This middle-ground business of “we don’t wanna change but we will if not changing means losing money” doesn’t cut it. They need to decide who they are before they make decisions about the future of the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy in May.

You can view more of the survey on the Dallas Voice website.


 

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