Those who have read my posts and considered my basic political philosophy can probably figure out my views on whether or not the Boy Scouts should admit openly gay youths — and scoutmasters.
As a private organization, they have the right to determine the qualifications for membership and leadership. The state should stay out of it. That said, I believe they should allow gay people to participate.
Now, to be sure, given the scandals in the Catholic Church (where most of the victims have been teenage boys), I can understand why they might be wary of having gay (male) scoutmasters. But, there are ways to screen their leaders to make sure they don’t bring on men who would abuse boys. Most (but alas not all) gay men would never even consider taking advantage of teenagers, particularly those in their charge.
That said, I just don’t get why they would bar lesbians from being scoutmasters. Lesbians tend not to be interested in boys and would not definitely molest them. Thus, I was struck earlier today when HotAir linked this New York Times story, featuring a picture of a mother ousted as a “scout leader because she is a lesbian.”
The leadership of the Boy Scouts should make the decision on allowing openly gay members and scoutmasters. And I would like to see them change their policy.
NB: I had been meaning to blog on this topic for some time, but keep putting it off as I would like to write a more comprehensive, insightful post. But, my time being limited, this short piece will have to suffice. For now.