George Takei on the BSA
Many well-meaning people counter that the BSA is a private organization, and as such should be able to keep whomever they want out. This is of course the same justification used to prevent minorities from eating in restaurants during the Jim Crow years. And where an organization as revered and national in scope as the Scouts maintains and defends such a policy, it sends the wrong message to our youth, many of whom already are struggling with their own sexual identityâ€“an identity which has nothing whatsoever to do with their â€œmorality,â€ but everything to do with their self-esteem and happiness. Thus, while the BSA may have the â€œlegalâ€ right to continue to discriminateâ€“a question I believe should be revisitedâ€“I and others have the same â€œlegalâ€ right to protest the policy, till our last breaths if necessary, as blatantly discriminatory and against everything that equality in America stands for.
The dinosaurs running the national organization at the Boy Scouts of America need to stop practicing discrimination. Acceptance of people without regard to sexual orientation is the Morally Straight approach.