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Boy Scouts: a leader spoiled what was to be a planned PRIVATE discussion of the gay ban and all hell broke loose (via Towleroad)

I suspected as much. It didn't make any sense for them to go public with this.

They just recently reiterated their "no gays" policy, but corporate donations have dropped sharply in the wake of that announcement due to lobbying from Zach Wahls and his organization, Scouts for Equality. Money talks, and businesses do not want to be seen as anti-gay in this day and age. Welcome to 2013.

In the video, the argument is a debate about private organizations having a right to discriminate. There is a distinction to be made here that is not clearly made by either side: A privately owned business should not be allowed to discriminate against anyone, but a religious or private organization (not a for-profit business owned by a religious person or organization) has the right to discriminate. This is part of the separation of church and state (This is why the argument that churches could be forced to marry gays is fallacious) and the right to privacy and the freedom to run our lives as we see fit (excluding criminal activity, of course). The Supreme Court has treated the Boy Scouts as a religious/private organization (They do not allow atheists, either).

So whatever the Boy Scouts decide to do, it's their prerogative. Just as it is our prerogative whether to participate in the Boy Scouts, and businesses' prerogative to donate or withhold donations to the Boy Scouts.

But ultimately, times are changing and if the Boy Scouts do not change with them, they will become just as irrelevant as the Republican Party is becoming.

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