BSA could allow gay scouts: Local Reaction

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Updated: 4/26/2013 8:28 am

The church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints posted a statement on its website Thursday saying it is satisfied with the proposal, which the boy scouts announced last week.

The church says the scouts made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address one of the most complex and challenging issues facing society. It also says the proposal recognizes scouting exists to benefit youth rather than adult leaders. We asked some local residents what they thought of this possible shakeup in the Boy Scout program.

"I think that it will be good for the perception of the boy scouts that they're open minded and accepting and trying to make opportunities available for all kids," noted Pocatello resident Lori Potter outside of a Sinclair Gas Station.

At the same gas station, Matt Germino expanded on the subject, "My philosophy is that we should be open minded and tolerant of different beliefs and ways of living. Of course parents can make some of those decisions themselves. I feel that instutionally we should be open.

On the ISU campus, Matt Sturzen felt that the move would go contrary to the bible. “Personally I'm just against it. I believe in the bible and the bible is against anything homosexual and that's just where I put my faith in.”

Finally on the Idaho State campus, Jamie Parvin sees the move as incomplete. She said that, “I think that it’s weird because why would you accept gay scouts and not gay leaders?  It's kind of hypocritical in a way. They're letting the scouts join and not the leaders. It's not teaching very good acceptance in my opinion.


We will continue to follow this story as it develops. Certainly there will be more reaction if this move becomes permanent, instead of just likely.

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Chazael - 4/26/2013 1:35 AM
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How did the concept of being "open minded" and "accepting" become lauded? Just on the logical possibilites alone it only makes sense if there is no objective morality; there is no good or evil. If there is an objective morality, then being open minded and accepting differing view points automatically means you are being immoral. As that necessarily means one is open minded and accepting of the immoral beliefs (which there will be as the beliefs differ). Here is another way of putting it: one is trying to be acceptant of and open minded about both good and evil. Which being in opposition to each other will always cause problems where if both are rights, one right will necessarily intrude on the other right. One would necessarily be impeding that which is moral. At least if one is intolerant that person/government has a chance to have moral choices or laws...
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