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So are there church organizations allowed to be "vendors" at this event? Last time I checked many Christian denominations are against the "sin" of homosexuality, were they questioned about their policies?
Bottom line is the council was in the wrong, they had no cause to question the local scouts on a national policy that they have no control of. Could it have been handled differently by the scouts, of course! But they are not the villains.
Last night I went home and thumbed through every BSA book we have in our home. Everything from the Tiger handbook to the leader's guide, to a campfire cook book. And you know what I didn't find? A single mention about discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people, or anyone for that matter. What did I find? How to be inclusive of all people, how to be a fine contributing member of your community, how to keep you and your community safe, how to stop bullies, how to make new friends, how to lead by example. That is what the BSA is about, not a single dumb policy that people chose to harp on. So please people stop judging people by a label you've stuck on them.
I happen to be the mom of a Cub Scout, and wife of a Cub Scout Leader/Assistant Cub Master. I can understand the position of the Pack Leaders not wanting to drag their children through this kind of debate, who would? It saddens me that this has even become an issue with local scouts. What was the council going to do at this meeting anyway? Demand to know how the individual members of this Pack felt about the policy, or how they feel about the LBGT community in general? Do they do this with everyone that asks to participate in civic events? "Excuse me Mr. Mohommed, you're a Muslim and they don't like Christians, so we have a few questions to ask before you can sell hot dogs at our event." It's not as if the scouts would be spouting anti-gay slurs at the patrons, or refusing to sell to someone who looked "gay". It's a policy set by a bunch of people who are out of touch. Are the Scouts working to change it, of course! Look at Fred Sargeant's post. I feel what the council did was brand every member of scouting as anti-gay, and that is discriminatory.