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No Gay Boy Scouts May 24, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in legal, lgbt Issues.

The very Christian and very heterosexual Boy Scouts of America have just elected a new leader to continue their discriminatory policies against gay boys and men.

In an interview in USA Today, lifelong Scout Rick Cronk is asked what happens when a young Boy Scout things he may be interested in other young Boy Scouts:

That’s a situation that I don’t know has ever happened… These are kids that are 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. As you get older, maybe (you start thinking about these things), but we’re talking about an event that may not have ever happened.

An 11-year-old is in middle school. According to GLSEN, there are over three thousand gay-straight alliances in schools nationwide, many of them in middle schools. Young children are not ignorant to gay and lesbian issues and many come out during their middle school years. Cronk cannot try and tell educated readers that they have never faced dealing with a Boy Scout who thought he was gay. That is simply absurd.

Later in the interview, Cronk is asked whether he believes courts will force the organization to abide by non-discrimination laws. Just the answer you want to hear:

I hope not. They shouldn’t… I don’t mean to be arrogant about it, but (they) are not going to change a program that is 100 years old.

I hate to be the first to tell Mr. Cronk this, but public schools discriminated against African Americans and other people of color for well over 100 years, yet the courts finally came around to changing it. Laws prohibited women from the right to choose what to do with their own body for over 100 years, but the courts finally had the sense to change it.

At the risk of sounding arrogant Mr. Cronk: The majority of courts will eventually make the Boy Scouts follow laws banning discrimination, and I don't believe it will take close to 100 years. But I won't stop you from keeping your fingers crossed.



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