The Boy Scouts of America have for years refused to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the organization. Recently, a lesbian who was serving as the den mother for a group of Tiger Scouts in Ohio was outed after she raised questions about the group’s finances. In response to her questioning and the decision of someone to out her the Boy Scouts of America terminated her involvement with the organization. When she was replaced several parents of kids in her section of Tiger Scouts protested outside the Boy Scouts of America office and demanded she be reinstated. So far, the organization is refusing to change its discriminatory stance.
While I have been aware that the Boy Scouts of America discriminates against gays and lesbians for years I had no idea that it also openly excludes atheists. Groups that foment hatred and discrimination—especially groups that “serve” children should lose their tax-exempt status.
The article I read can be found at: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCOUTS_GAY_LEADER_REMOVED....
I was an Atheist Girl Scout Leader. I never discussed it though, because I guess it never came up. I don't think I remembered that about the Boy Scouts when I bought popcorn from my nephew this year for Boy Scouts. I certainly won't next year!~ Melinda
Thanks Steph. It's a good cause and I don't need the cookies.