Public Violation Of Boy Scouts Of America (BSA)

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Since 1910, Boy Scouts of America (or BSA) has been one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations. BSA aims to create a generation of skilled and responsible young men who can be productive to their society. Throughout years, BSA kept inspiring youth to join its programs with its legitimate policy, which is set of rules that exist in the Scout’s Oauth Law. However, under new oppositions from different organizations, a delegate representing boy scouts has voted to adopt new changes on their membership policies that would allow homosexual scouts to join as members. For many years, BSA believed that homosexuality is inconsistent with its activities and spirit of scouting. Thus, it kept excluding gays from its membership as it can…show more content…
This compromise offers more transparency, as states can have the right to either support or be against ban on gays. Each state has different laws and views about the issue, according to Public Discourse website, it states “Some states have laws that forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Scouts’ traditional policy runs afoul of such laws and was in fact challenged as a violation of New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws in the latter part of the 1990s.” (Public Discourse). Therefore, BSA should take a different route to justify its behavior against gays ban. Thus, BSA can set up meetings with its funders such as UMC church, and work on a decision whether to allow LGBT people or even girls to participate in BSA. It would benefit BSA to both support its constituents and avoid taking national stance while preserving the support from its funders. According to Poll: Most Americans Support Lifting Ban on Gay Boy Scouts, “In splitting the decision, the group may be trying to modernize while continuing to respect a diversity of views on homosexuality”. Declaration as such proves BSA intent to stay neutral, which is a wise decision due to the current tensions about the issue. In addition, it would benefit LGBT to focus on persuading local organizations about their cause rather than wasting time on endless trails that could lose public’s attention afterwhile. In order to make this compromise effective, an agenda could be set between local organizations and stakeholders to sort out their odds and find a common ground. Moreover, since the decision involves the society deeply, surveys and public polls should be conducted to understand people’s opinions and expectations for how they want their community to
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