The big news today is that the Boy Scouts of America have (sort of) relaxed their policy on allowing gay people into the Scouts.
When this last hit the news last summer, I wrote that while I am proud to be an Eagle Scout, I am ashamed by the position the Scouts organization has taken on gays. For an organization that espouses honor and doing your duty to fellow man, their position has been troubling to me.
Just as troubling is the way the Scouts have been handling this. After fighting change at first, their recent vote only goes part way and smacks of cowardice. Their decision applies only to Scouts and not the leaders. So a person who is gay and wants to be a leader in his son's troop is still banned, assuming he is a pedophile or a sexual predator. That's a pretty sweeping and unfair assumption.
The public statement by the chief executive of the Scouts compounds the wrong position the group has been taking. As reported in The New York Times, he called his group's decision "compassionate, caring and kind." Really?!! So that means they've been dispassionate, uncaring and hateful up till the other day. Bad PR.
I know it's a tough situation, since there are still many who have a fear of gay people and don't want their kids around them. Go back a few generations and those fears were also aimed at blacks, Jews and others who didn't fit the whitebread America model. We've come a long way, but sadly this group that can and does do so much good for young people is still out of touch with today's reality.
I hope they can get themselves into the 21st century... on my honor, I hope so.