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The Boy Scouts of America BSAone of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit those who are not Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality to subscribe to the BSA's Declaration of Religious Principle, which is usually interpreted as banning atheistsand, until Januaryprohibited all "known or avowed homosexuals ," [1] from membership in its Scouting program.

The ban on adults who are "open or avowed homosexuals" [2] from leadership positions was lifted in July The BSA had contended Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality its policies were essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Promiseor Oath, and Scout Law. The organization's legal right to have these policies has been upheld repeatedly by both state and federal courts. In Boy Scouts of America v. Dalethe Supreme Court of the United States Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality affirmed that as a private organization, the BSA can set its own membership standards.

The BSA's policies have been legally challenged but have not been found to constitute illegal discrimination because as a private organization in the United States, the BSA has the right to freedom of association[5] as determined in the court case.

These policies have led to various disputes and controversies. Inboth Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama stated that they opposed the ban on gay Scouts. The policy for adult leaders remained in place until July 27, According to its mission statement, the Boy Scouts of America seeks "to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law". The texts of the BSA's Scout Oath and Scout Law for Boy Scouting have remained unchanged since they were approved in[6] and every member agrees to follow them on his or her application form.

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Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. In reciting the Scout Oath, Scouts promise to do their duty to God and to be morally straight; the Scout Law holds that a Scout is clean and reverent.

As early asthe Boy Scouts of America circulated a memorandum among national executive staff stating that it was not appropriate for homosexuals to hold leadership positions in BSA. Exploring is the worksite-based program of Learning for Life.

Leadership positions and membership in the Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality for Life programs are open to youth and adults without restriction based on gender, sexual orientation, atheism, or agnosticism.

The Boy Scouts of America's official position in the past has been that Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality and agnostics cannot participate as Scouts or adult Scout Leaders in its traditional Scouting programs. Spirituality has been an integral part of the international Scouting movement since its inception.

As early asScouting founder Robert Baden-Powell wrote in the first Scout handbook that, "No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. For much of its existence, the BSA has believed that atheists and agnostics are not appropriate role models of the Scout Oath and Law for boys, and thus have not accepted such persons as members or adult leaders.

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 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. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental need of good citizenship should be kept before them. The Boy Scouts of America, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training.

Its policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life. The Declaration of Religious Principle was adopted in the first decade of the organization to assuage the Roman Catholic Church's worries, in light of the work of the YMCA in establishing Scouting in the United States, that Scouting might be a Protestant proselytizing organization.

The BSA does not require adherence to any particular religious beliefs or ethos beyond this. He is faithful in his religious duties.

He respects the beliefs of others. The MOU specifically mentions Humanism and Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality traditions as being acceptable faiths in Scouting programs chartered by Unitarian Universalist congregations. Since Humanist teachings specifically emphasize reliance on critical thinking and evidence over dogma and superstition, this MOU allows for atheist and agnostic members to join the BSA through Scout units chartered by Unitarian Universalist congregations.

As part of the agreement in the MOU, the religious emblems developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association have been reinstated as of May, Inthe Boy Scouts of America's den mother position was changed to den leader and opened to males and females. Inthe Boy Scouts of America opened special-interest posts to young women to be "associate members". Inthe Exploring program was completely reorganized and split into two program categories, which both accept women and men. All the career-oriented posts were moved to Learning for Life under the name Exploring, while the rest including outdoor-oriented posts became the new Venturing program.

InBoy scouts of america view on homosexuality Cub Scout leadership Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality were opened to women, and in the Cubmaster, assistant Cubmaster, and all commissioner positions could also be filled by women.

On January 30,the Boy Scouts of America announced that transgender boys would be allowed to enroll in boys-only programs, effective immediately. Previously, the sex listed on an applicant's birth certificate determined eligibility for these programs; going forward, the decision would be based on the gender listed on the application. Untilthe Boy Scouts of America's official position was that girls could not participate in its Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting programs.

On October 11,the Boy Scouts announced that girls would be allowed to become Cub Scouts, starting Boy scouts of america view on homosexualityand that ina separate program for older girls will be available, enabling girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The movement to include girls as full members of the BSA was put into the public spotlight most notably by Sydney Ireland. Ireland, age 16 inhad unofficially been participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with her brother for twelve years, completing merit badges and the Arrow of Light, but none of this was officially recognized because she is a girl.

The BSA, upon announcing this program, reaffirmed its commitment to youth protection. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women. We strive to bring what our organization does best — developing character and leadership for young people — to Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.

The policy announced on October 11, for Cub Scouts does retain single-gender aspects. Cub Scout Dens would either be all-girl or all-boy. Individual Packs would have the choice of whether they wish their Pack have both girl Dens and boy Dens; have only boy Dens; or start a new Pack for girl Dens. On May 23,The Boy Scouts of America's national governing body voted to rescind the long-standing ban on homosexual youth in the program.

Effective January 1,"No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. Prior to this, the Boy Scouts of America's official position was to "not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals" as Scouts or adult Scout Leaders in its traditional Scouting programs.

The language used to describe the BSA's policies on homosexual individuals has evolved over time, stating in a position statement that: The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting's values and beliefs.

Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.

The BSA stated in a press release that, "Boy Scouting makes no effort to discover the sexual orientation of any person. Ina high-level employee of BSA was fired by the National Council after the organization received a copy of his bill from a gay resort at which he had vacationed. The BSA policy is: Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting.

The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics. The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality follow a different path.

On July 17,at the conclusion of a two-year review, an person committee convened by the BSA reached a "unanimous consensus" recommending retaining the Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality policy. On January 28,the BSA said it was considering whether to remove its ban on gay leaders and members. On April 19,the Boy Scouts of America announced a proposal to no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation, but maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

Openly gay boys are allowed to become Scouts from January but openly gay adults were still forbidden to be leaders.

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Pascal Tessier, a year-old from Chevy Chase, Md. In MayBSA President Robert Gates told the national meeting of the BSA in Atlanta that he believes that the current policy of excluding openly gay adults from leadership positions is "unsustainable" and should be changed at an early date. He told the organization that recent events have made it increasingly likely that the BSA will face serious legal challenges to that policy. Gates indicated in subsequent comments that he expected the BSA to take action on his recommendations by October On July 10,the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee agreed with Gates, and voted unanimously to approve a policy change that would effectively end the national ban on gay adults.

The vote by the Executive Committee required ratification by the National Board prior to enactment. Officials for the Boy Scouts of America stated that the vote would take place later that month. The membership controversy and subsequent litigation, some of which has been in response to the ruling in Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality Scouts of America v. Dalehas prompted a number of expressions of support for the BSA organization, program, or policies.

Inthe National Executive Board of Boy Scouts of America reiterated its support for the policies and affirmed that "the Boy Scouts of America shall continue to follow its traditional values and standards of leadership". Individuals, commentators, and conservative groups have spoken out in support of the Boy Scouts of America. This group has Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality closed as a charity due to failure to file annual reports. The Boy Scouts are one of the few organizations that have the moral sense to stand against the homosexual agenda.

An LDS spokesman issued a statement "We caution others not to speculate about our position Neither has the [LDS] Church launched any campaign either to effect or prevent a policy change. There has been opposition to BSA's membership policies from organizations and Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality. Some within the Scouting movementas well as long-time Scouting supporters, parents, chartered organizations, and religious organizations have expressed opposition to the policies in ways ranging from protests to forming organizations that advocate greater inclusiveness.

Some push for a voluntary change within the BSA, others seek involuntary change by filing lawsuits, still others choose to disassociate themselves from the BSA or encourage others to do so. Perhaps the most vocal opponent of the policies has been the Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality Civil Liberties Unionwhich has brought or been a participant in fourteen lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America from to March Congress have also spoken out against the BSA's policies.

Train released a statement saying the group "strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.

The Unitarian Universalist Association 's opposition to the BSA's membership exclusions led to a dispute between the organizations. Some public entities and private institutions have ceased financial or other support of the BSA, primarily as a result of conflicts between their nondiscrimination policies and the BSA's membership policies.

On June 14, Caterpillar Inc. In DecemberLockheed Martin announced it would end donations to the BSA over the organization's ban on openly gay adults serving as leaders. The United Way had ended financial support for the Great Trails Council after it refused to sign a non-discrimination policy.

Eagle Scout filmmaker Steven Spielberg had been a long-time supporter of Scouting, depicting a young Indiana Jones as a Boy Scout in the film Indiana Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality and the Last Crusade and helping to create the Cinematography merit Boy scouts of america view on homosexuality. Spielberg resigned from the BSA Advisory Council insaying, "it has deeply saddened me to see the Boy Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination.

July 13, • The Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board will meet July 27 to ratify the resolution to end the longstanding ban on gay Scout leaders. Prior to this, the Boy Scouts of America's official position was to "not grant membership to individuals who are open or.

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