So, if you work your ass off and complete all the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle scout but you're found to be gay, you lose everything you worked so hard for. Well isn't that special. That's not a very good lesson to be teaching young children in my opinion. Not a very good lesson at all.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
What exactly is our duty to a non-existent God? I certainly feel no obligation to said God. I must say though, for a non-existent entity, he sure causes a lot of damn problems on planet Earth. Of course it's not really him that causes the problems, it's his followers. They want these kids to be morally straight, yet they teach them hard work, determination, and dedication to achieve a goal, doesn't pay off if you happen to be gay. The Boy Scouts of America are teaching kids it is OK to hate and be intolerant towards gays. That if you're gay, you are not deserving of a place in their organization. No matter how hard you work or how good you are.
I ran the streets as a kid growing up in San Antonio. I never belonged to anything per se, except the group I ran around with. I was certainly never a boy scout, and reading stories like Ryan Andresen's, makes me glad I never joined the Boy Scouts of America. Because along with the good things they do teach young boys, they teach Christian intolerance and hate towards the gay community. That is unacceptable.
The way I grew up taught me a lot of things, not all of them good. But then, the way I grew up, I never learned to hate or be intolerant to someone, just because of the way they looked or the way they loved.