May 31, 2013
As a Scout, I was overjoyed to hear that the Boy Scouts of America has voted to lift the ban on gay scouts ("Boy Scouts of America votes to end ban on gay scouts," May 24). Whether or not someone is gay is completely irrelevant when it comes to being an upright citizen and a decent human being, which is what scouting is all about. No one should be barred from such a fulfilling experience for simply being themselves. Well done for the BSA. It's a step in the right direction. Andrew Dobson
May 30, 2013
Does the Boy Scouts of America realize that the gay youths they are now "allowing" in are going to grow up to be gay adults ("After months of debate, Boy Scouts' ban on openly gay youth lifted," May 23)? They're not going to switch orientations once they reach adulthood. What happens to them then if they want to continue their life in Scouts - possibly as a leader? They call this a step in the right direction? Wow. So, if I understand this resolution correctly, they are no longer discriminating against "openly gay youths" but continue to discriminate against gay adults?
May 28, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial on the Boy Scouts of America ("Scouts and equality," May 23) leaped right over the Scout Mission Statement, "To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime…," because it conflicted with the newspaper's view. And the Scout Oath - "Mentally awake and morally straight" could not validate the editorial's position either. So the authors jumped to the Scout Law which they thought gave them wiggle room for their position. They began by stating that the Scout Law is so famous that many people outside the organization recognize it. That isn't true.
May 28, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on gay boys being full participants in their programs ("Scouts lift ban on gay youths," May 24). Much of the news has centered in the backlash from "faith-based organizations" which sponsor Boy Scout troops. Churches, in particular, are named as those opposing this change and withdrawing their sponsorship. The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore is proud to sponsor Troop 35, a historical and successful program of the Boy Scouts of America with an impressive record of Eagle Scouts.
May 27, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 328 of Timonium United Methodist Church has been buzzing with activity the last few months. For starters, it celebrated an Eagle Court of Honor for three of its Scouts on April 20. David Harper, Matt Rafferty and J.P. Schmelz were recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Scouting. For their Eagle service projects, David reconstructed a trail at the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore City; Matt collected more than 200 musical instruments and related items in support of Baltimore City Public Schools; and J.P. constructed a judges' reviewing stand for the new Baltimore County Agricultural Center on Shawan Road.
May 24, 2013
Pardon me if I'm encouraged -- but not enthused -- by the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to lift its century-old ban on gay scouts. I just can't get that excited about the fact that an organization that holds a deep-seated distrust in gay men is now letting gay kids join the club. The dynamic creates a puzzle in my head, and I'm still trying to find the corner pieces and determine some structure here. Given the green light by some of the organization's largest donors, including the Mormon and United Methodist churches, and facing the withdrawal of funding from many other donors, more than 60 percent of the BSA's 1,400-delegate-strong National Council voted to lift the ban yesterday.