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No Eagle Scout Honor for Gay Boy Scout



Ryan Andresen is a kick-ass Boy Scout.  He got all da badges!  But he’s got one too many badges and his Scoutmaster doesn’t like that Rainbow Hunting badge he’s sporting on his sash.  Wait a minute, that’s not a badge, that’s a pin.  And Ryan is gay.  And Ryan believes his troop leader is denying him the rank of Eagle Scout because of his sexual orientation.   And apparently Rainbow Hunting isn’t recognized by the Boy Scouts of America!  Or anyone!  THE WORLD IS FALLING APART! 

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a big deal, especially for a young man that spends the majority of his time on Mother Gaia starting fires with sticks and mastering complicated knot formations.  It’s the culmination of a life’s work that ends with the completion of a massive service project.  All the requirements must be completed before a scout’s 18th anniversary of his escape from the tyrannical womb.  Ryan completed all these tasks.  He built an anti-bullying mosaic out of ceramic tiles, and that’s cool.  He also informed his Scoutmaster of his sexuality, and now the Scoutmaster of Troop 212 in Moraga, California is refusing Ryan of his much deserved honor.  Not cool.

It sucks, but it is far from shocking.  The Boy Scouts of America (and CHUCK NORRIS) have been far from secretive when it comes to their stance on homosexuality.  There are also strict religious guidelines and the upper-ups of the organization claim Ryan broke those rules too.   Here’s a statement they gave to Yahoo News:

“Recently, a Scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout Counselor that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God” and does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation. While the BSA did not proactively ask for this information, based on his statements and after discussion with his family he is being informed that he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting.”

Here’s your Sidestepping Badge.

It should be said that not everyone involved in the world of B-Scouting supports this stance.  Numerous former Eagle Scouts have forfeited their Eagle status in protest, and one created this Scouts for Equality website.  Also, Obama and Romney both support equality in Scouts.  Also, George Takei (Click for Glorious Pic).

If you would like to support Ryan, click this here LINK and whisk yourself away to a petition to reverse the decision.  Hurry.  He has until his 18th birthday, which is Monday.

Question:  Where do you stand on this issue?  AND   Which is the sweetest merit badge?




    Wait, it’s not? Nothing? Nothing’s sacred. Cool.

    Seriously, though. I’d rather have a company be openly anti-gay than secretly anti-gay, so I can at least give the BS props for transparency. Honestly, though, if I’m lost in the woods, I sincerely my guide isn’t like, “Sorry, can’t make a fire out of sticks or tie knots. I’m gay.”


    On a long enough timeline, there will be a split in the organization over this. Or a competing organization will start growing nationally.

  3. It’s interesting to see that the Girl Scouts are the complete opposite of this. With the Gold Award being their highest honor, they aren’t under any scrutiny for sexual orientation that I know of. And even some state councils, such as Colorado, actually saying if a child identifies as a girl and the family presents the child as one, then said child is allowed to be a Girl Scout.

  4. So let me get this straight, a ‘gay’ kid, in the scouts, obviously wants to succeed in them, KNOWING their stance on orientation VOLUNTEERS the information? Why? Why did his scout master need to know he was ‘gay’? And why does the Scouts have to change their stance on the ‘gay’ issue? If they aren’t for it and don’t want them in their ranks, fine, let them do that! If the ‘gays’ are that upset, they can start their own ‘gay boy scouts of america’. You may say the scouts are wrong for discriminating, but making the scouts change their beliefs and rules to conform to someone elses is equally discriminating, its discriminatings against people who do not want ‘gays’ in the ranks. There is no need to intervene in this. If people don’t want to suppor them for this, then that’s their right, just as it is your right to support organizations that have the same views as you do, whatever they may be.

  5. As a former Eagle Scout, I do not recall any mention of in the Scout Law stating a Scout is Discriminatory or Heterosexual. The Scout Law reads “A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” Admitting his homosexuality proves that he is truthful, thus “Trustworthy, the first part of the Law. If he is not pushing his lifestyle on others, is treating his peers equally regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender preferences, then he has fulfilled the mandate of “Courteous”. He openly admitted his sexual preference, a tough thing for anyone of any age, thus fulfilling the “Brave” tenement of the Law. If his religious beliefs do not include discrimination based on sexual preferences, then he has fulfilled the requirement of “Reverent”. Ryan has met the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout and should be awarded such honors.

  6. ” notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout Counselor that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God”. Um, what does that mean exactly, did he come in and say “Hey, I disagree with you all, so piss off. But I want my eagle scout award.” Why did he choose to tell them now? Was it for attention? If so, screw him! If not, I just wondering. As to him getting it or not, if he has done all the work, just give it to the kid. Why deny it to someone who worked hard and did all the good for it?

  7. Just to clarify why all this happened…..

    The BSA isn’t exactly anti-gay. They’re just pro-christian/catholic.
    Now remember most other boy scouts were put into the the program at the age of about 6. One main reason why these children are put into boy scouts by there parents is for religious teachings, to follow the ways of god on our good planet. While being gay is against god, which is a likely reason for the BSA denying this man his badge. Allowing a gay would simply break the strong bond with god and those children/teens/men or at least weaken it to the point were boy scouts isn’t even religious anymore

    In other words. A gay in a church may cause some ruckus,
    But a gay in a boy scout meeting, destroys all of boy scouts religious rep.

  8. The BSA and Ryan’s Scoutmaster have a perfectly legitimate reason not to grant him his Eagle Scout. Being a homosexual, Ryan is going against something in the core beliefs of scouting. Being a private organization, the Boy Scouts have the right to “discriminate against homosexuals”. The values and beliefs of the Boy Scouts are no secret and are a big part in who they are and what they represent. As an Eagle Scout, I would not want to be associated with a homosexual representing the Boy Scouts.

  9. I signed the petition a few days ago, the Scouts have no right to deny him his Eagle scout award if hes fulfilled all his requirements. i for one would be proud to call this kid an Eagle scout, he had the courage to present himself as he really is. i believe he should get his award, hes already done everything else he needs to

  10. The policy-makers within the boy scout organization is so out of touch with todays times. It is sad that this young man will be cheated out of what he rightfully deserves, assuming that he did indeed complete his eagle project and all of his merit badges (environmental science is a goddamn bitch).

  11. If you don’t like the scouts decision or their rules, start your own group. They have the right to determine their own standards and have every right to deny membership for reasons they view as important. We have the right to not join.

  12. I remember having a conversation with a former friend who also happened to be a boyscout. Although I’m not sure he really cared if gay kids were allowed in or not it seemed to really strike a cord with my group of friends.
    It has always been a stance of ours (ever since we started middle school and the topic of equality and politics first came into play) that people should be treated fairly based on how we view them as a person, not how a religion views them.
    Although I am aware they are an organization that has the right to exclude whoever they want to, I also feel if we keep our personal beliefs in the way of other, completely innocent, people, then we only move backwards into a more primitive time.

  13. I am an Eagle Scout and I would just like to say that a part of this story is being ignored. Ryan says he does not believe in “A Duty to God”, and in doing so he ignores part of the Boy Scout Oath. An oath that he has likely taken nearly every week of his life. In breaking this oath he is not a Boy Scout. Yes there have been Atheist Boy Scouts, but this young boy would prefer, perhaps even honorably, to let his hard work go unrecognized in order to say what he truly believes.

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