The Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself psychically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
The Scout Law and the Scout Oath is what a Boy Scout should live by, and I think today some Boy Scouts need to take another look at what the Organization stands for.
Recently the Boy Scouts of America has been under fire because of their ban on gays participating in the organization. The Recent Story was brought up by a teen being denied the Eagle Scout Award, scouting’s highest honor and rank. The Organization has then taken into consideration lifting the ban on gays not being able to join and participate in the Boy Scouts of America. A new development in this story is According to NBC, that a group of about 33 councils ( about 20% of all Boy Scouts) has petitioned for the Organization to take extra special care, and not make a, “hasty” decision. What I hear when they say that is, ” We do not want the ban lifted.” That boils my blood.
As an Eagle Scout myself I find this piece of information sickening. Obtaining the Rank of Eagle Scout is one of the most difficult things a young man can do, there is a reason that it is held in such high esteem. Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts obtain the rank of Eagle, and the amount of Boy Scouts in the normal population is even smaller. Once you receive the Eagle rank you have joined an elite group of people. Denying that to a deserving person is quite contradictory to what is stated in the Oath and the Law.
No where in the Scout Oath and Law does the word, “discriminate” appear.
The ban that the organization has in place now seems like discrimination. I did not know that being, “morally straight” meant putting down others and discriminating against a social group. The organization is almost hypocritical, the Boy Scouts are supposed to be the leaders of the community and beyond in this country that was and still is considered exceptional. America is seen as a place where anything is possible, and someone can achieve anything, example are someone dropping out of school and then still becoming a millionaire, someone waiting tables then being a singing pop star the next day. In America we are told that nothing is impossible and we can achieve anything. If we still believe that then why are groups still discriminated against?
Others will argue that the Boy Scouts cannot allow gays because of Boy Scouts tight affiliation with religious groups, it even says to “do your duty to God” in the Scout Oath, however; this debate delves deeper down into the rabbit hole, and I do not care to dirty my fluffy white tail at this moment in time (Thank you Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes). Some information I find interesting as a passionate Catholic about the topic of homosexuality can be found at: Gay Catholic and Doing Fine
The final thing that I wish to say is point out the word, “brave” in the Scout Law. A Scout is brave, meaning that they must do things that others could not have the courage do to, the Boy Scouts should set the stage for an America in transition and show how brave the scouts can be and lead the way for equality in America, and truly make it a place where anyone can achieve anything, even achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.