Eagle Scouts Return Their Badges to Stand With LGBT Population
Last week, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they will continue to exclude gay members from their private organization, upholding their right to bigotry that they won in a Supreme Court case in 2000. Now, for the first time, a protest is brewing from withinthe organization. Eagles Scouts are resigning and returning their medals.
Boing Boing is publishing resignation letters from scouts, who say resigning is in line with Boy Scout values:
To Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive and the BSA National Executive Board,
As a Boy Scout I was taught that ethics are important and that when something is unethical you should stand up and say something. I was taught that it is wrong to exclude people, whether based on race, physical ability or sexual orientation. I was taught that a Boy Scout stands with those being persecuted, and not with the persecutor.
Today I am returning my Eagle Scout medal because I do not want to be associated with the bigotry for which it now stands. I hope that one day BSA stands up for all boys. It saddens me that until that day comes any sons of mine will not participate in the Boy Scouts.
Being morally straight means standing up for equal rights and inclusion, not bigotry.
Christopher Baker, AIA, PE, MBA
Former Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 261
The resignations are especially admirable because of the great lengths a scout must go through to earn his Eagle Scout status: A scout has to earn 21 merit badges and organize a large-scale community project before earning his medal, which represents a small and elite group in the organization. Eagle Scouts who enlist in the military start off with a higher rank than their peers, and many scholarships are guaranteed after high school.
Read more letters of resignation and disappointment at BoingBoing.