LAPD no longer affiliated with Boy Scouts

According to the Boy Scouts of America, you can’t camp in the woods with their little troop if you’re gay, agnostic or an atheist. That was kosher 20 years ago, but now that these groups are “out of the closet”, the BSA is starting to look like the bigoted small minded institution it really is. The Los Angeles Police Department, which had a program with the group since 1962 to help encourage kids to explore policing as a career, have disassociated themselves from the organization, saying that the values of tolerance and acceptance are too important to simply ignore.

The LAPD will now be designing their own program that won’t discriminate based on sexual orientation or religious belief. It helps that the police commissioner is openly gay himself (it’s LA people), and I hope the move prompts other government organizations to drop them like a bad habit. Don’t forget that the BSA gets to use public funds and government property despite failing to meet basic requirements of civility and good citizenship. It’s time for the organization to change; if they don’t, they may find themselves on the wrong side of history. Good for the LAPD for standing up for the little guys; it almost makes me like the police for once (I said almost).

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    The Mother

    I have a son in Boy Scouts. He loves it, and YES, it is good for him.

    I think that’s one of the reasons that I blog anonymously–my open atheism is NOT going to work with his love of scouting.

    He’s an atheist, too, and we have lots of discussions about what he can and cannot say in the troop. Silly, isn’t it?

    His favorite line, “You just have to believe in a God, Mom. Can’t I get away with the Flying Spaghetti Monster?”

    Should I pull him out and actively fight to change things? Probably, but change is better from within. Eventually, if we all do what should be done to mold this next generation, the ranks will just shift.

    At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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    //I have a son in Boy Scouts. He loves it, and YES, it is good for him.//

    Did you see the Penn and Teller: Bullshit on the scouts?
    Not all troops effectively discriminate, what state did you live in?

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    @The Mother:

    I think you should tell him to use the FSM as his god. Your son sounds awesome.

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    The Mother

    Yeah, I saw it. We are in Tx, and we belong to a Jewish troop. This is probably the only reason we don’t have problems with them, at all.

    While I tell him to carefully watch his spouting of religious philosophy, the troop has everything from secular Jews to a kosher patrol, so it’s pretty open.

    I will tell you, though, that many of the values of the scouts are my own–responsibility, growth, adventure, learning–did I mention RESPONSIBILITY?

    I would love to see them change. But my fourth kid really needed to get out from under the shadow of his brothers, and he chose this, and he loves it. Mom’s radical politics get shoved aside.

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    Kevin O'Leary

    Shame we had to wait until a Gay Police Chief was appointed before something got done. Pretty sure that here in the UK the organisation could (would?) be prosecuted under discrimination laws – does the US not have similar legislation?

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