The Boy Scouts of America, an organization that claims to be “one of the nation’s most prominent values-based organizations,” decided earlier this month to continue its policy on excluding gay males from being a part of the organization.
This week, Tim Griffin, a 22-year-old Eagle Scout, says he was fired for being gay.
“I definitely think that the reaffirmation of the anti-gay policy played a role in my termination,” Griffin said.
When news got out that he was being fired 10 of about 30 camp staff members from the Golden Empire Council, which serves 20,000 Scouts in California quit their season positions with about two weeks left in the summer camp program, resigned to show their support for Griffin.
The decision for the Boy Scouts to continue to ban gay men from being involved in their organization has people talking from coast-to-coast. One gay activist and author is even questioning their values and says their decision is bullying that shouldn’t be tolerated.
The Boy Scouts have long been known to discriminate against the gay community by banning openly gay boys and men from their program. .Outspoken gay rights activist, Steve Siebold, asked “what kind of values are they teaching our kids if they are discriminating against gays? Siebold, who wrote the book Sex, Politics and Religion: How Delusional Thinking is Destroying America, says he believes its the wrong lesson to be taught.
“It’s bigotry and hatred, plain and simple. It’s time for the Boy Scouts to grow up and recognize that homosexuality is neither a choice nor a disease, any more than being a heterosexual is,” he said.
Siebold believes by discriminating against gays that the Boy Scouts are fostering a mentality that encourages bullying. Something, he says, society wouldn’t allow from anyone else.
“Would the average American allow a bully to beat up a little kid? No, but that’s exactly what the Boy Scouts are doing to homosexuals,” he added. “It’s time America grew up and welcomed everyone into our culture as an equal and allowed people to live life on their own terms.”
The Boy Scout’s leadership says they do not allow homosexuality in an effort to protect the boys who participate. Many, however, question how such a one-sided opinion offers any protection at all.