There's a few facts about the Boy Scouts of America that you need you need to know, it's why I encourage you not to take part in this fundraiser.
The Boy Scouts of America protected pedophiles for decades:
As I talked about on this blog in September, the Boy Scouts covered up pedophilia within their ranks for decades, urging offenders to only quietly resign, never turning them into law enforcement, and come were even allowed to come back later. It wasn't until this October that they even decided to change their policies.
There has been no attempt to compensate the victims yet, or make amends, which has resulted in lawsuits all throughout the United States.
Discrimination against gay youth and scoutmasters:
Once the organization finds out that a Boy Scout/Eagle Scout or a scoutmaster is gay, they are often expelled by the BSA. A California teen was expelled after coming out, and the Scouts refused to give him the Eagle Scout honor that he had earned. His case brought national attention to the BSA's policies, and he was even invited to be a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
The Scouts also do not allow gay scoutmasters as well, the expulsion of one scoutmaster for this reason led to a lawsuit which went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2000. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Scouts, saying that a private organization had the right to restrict it's membership if "the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group's ability to advocate public or private viewpoints.".
The Boy Scouts of America does not allow atheists or agnostics in their ranks either:
The BSA bans atheists and agnostics from membership, feeling that they are not "appropriate role models" for boys within the organization. Here's a quote from the BSA:
|(meme taken from Laughing In Purgatory)|
"The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.’ The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members."
The Boy Scouts have a tradition where they recognize the religion that a Scout is a part of, in awards for various actions and good deeds. 38 different religions and branches of religions, such as various denominations of Christianity, Judaism, and even Hinduism are recognized in this system, but atheists aren't welcome.
Please, if you care about discrimination, and stopping child abuse, do not support the Boy Scouts!
I beg you, please do not buy a Christmas tree from the Boy Scouts of America this year, and do not participate in any future fundraisers of theirs. The entire attitude disgusts me, to the Boy Scouts of America, gays and atheists are evil and "not appropriate role models", but pedophiles aren't. They remind me of the hierarchy in the Catholic church. Regular readers of mine know that I despise any person who abuses children, or any group that condones or supports child abuse in any form. It's one of the major reasons why I work so hard to expose the Independent Fundamental Baptist organization.
I am joining forces today with bloggers like Andrew Hall of Laughing in Purgatory and Jack Vance (aka vjack) of Atheist Revolution is saying enough is enough, it's time for the Boy Scouts of America to protect children within their organization, apologize for the past, and end their discriminatory polices.
(Sheldon's note, the full list of all 30 blogs participating in this campaign can be found at Laughing In Purgatory)