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Scouts prez seeks long overdue end to offensive stigma

by Jeremy Hooper

The news of the day:

The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”
KEEP READING: Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders [NYT]

Gates did say he'd like religious organizations to remain free to set their own policies for leaders within the local troops that they control. Which would make it kind of like marriage: a policy that allows for gays and lesbians, but where religious organizations are still free to deny access. The burden would be on folks within that religion to open hearts, minds, and doors.

This concession should make social conservatives happy. But it won't. Because nothing does when it comes to us and an America that includes us.

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