The Boy Scouts is also taking a lot of heat lately for their ban on Scouts shooting water guns at each other and those dangrously large water ballons – all in an obvious cave to leftist gun control propaganda. The article for Boy Scout states:
“Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”
Water balloons, meanwhile, have a size limit: “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball.”
A number of conservative groups have spoken out against the GSUSA policy. The American Family Association has started an online petition to help encourage the GSUSA to change its policy.
The petition states that GSUSA has lost its “moral compass” and added, “this policy undermines the trust that parents place in the GSA’s leadership to make wise decisions and the obligation the GSA has to protect their daughters.”
The AFA petition has already garnered over 35,000 signatures.
“This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle,” the petition states. “Boys in skirts, boys in makeup and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young innocent girls at risk.”
“Adults are willing to experiment on our kids—both the boys who are confused and the girls who will wonder why a boy in a dress is in the bathroom with them,” the petition adds.
The Girl Scouts’ FAQ page states that in circumstances where a troop with a transgender girl troop is on a camping trip, special accommodations could be made if that is what is best for all parties involved.
Here’s more on the Boy Scout’s allowing of gay leaders:
In a nod to the religious organizations that sponsor a majority of local Scout troops, he said they should remain free to set their own guidelines for leaders. “I support a policy that accepts and respects our different perspectives and beliefs,” he said, adding, “I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”
In his speech, Mr. Gates, who is also a former director of the C.I.A., evoked his experience as defense secretary. In that role, he helped end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — which was similar to the current Boy Scouts policy toward Scout leaders — and discrimination against gay men and lesbians.
He recalled that in 2010, a federal judge declared the military policy to be illegal. “Only a stay granted by the appeals court — granted, I believe, mainly because we were in the process of changing the law — prevented dramatic disruption in the armed forces,” he said Thursday.
“If we wait for the courts to act,” he continued, “we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard,” such as the belief in a duty to God and the goal of specifically serving the needs of boys.
Mr. Gates took on the job as president in May of last year, for a two-year term. He said he had originally intended to put off consideration of the divisive issue of gay adults, allowing the Boy Scouts a respite after a contentious meeting in 2013 at which the organization decided to permit openly gay youths to belong to it.
He said that he had not yet made a formal proposal to the national board, but that it must act soon to head off possible disaster.
Though his position is voluntary, Mr. Gates, an Eagle Scout, wields enormous power in the Boy Scouts, which have been struggling to stem a shrinking membership for decades.
The treatment of gay men and boys has been a source of wrenching debate. Conservative religious groups that sponsor many Scout troops, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Roman Catholic Church and some evangelical churches, opposed the participation of openly gay members, while local leaders in more liberal regions have called for an end to discrimination.