Boy Scouts quiz membership about ending gay ban

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Boy Scouts from Texas and across the nation will be quizzed about the organization's policy banning homosexuals.

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 4:56 PM

The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America will consider ending a ban on gay members when its board meets in May.

Before that, the organization has sent a questionnaire to Scout families all over the country, asking how they'd feel about the change.

Among the questions: "Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop. Is it acceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?"

The Boy Scouts have been under increasing pressure to lift their 100 yea ban on homosexuals. Just last week, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen canceled her appearance at this summer's Boy Scout Jamboree.


The Boy Scouts of America provided this list of the questions that will be asked of its members:

1. The current Boy Scouts of America requirements, stated above, prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?

  • Strongly support
  • Somewhat support
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat oppose
  • Strongly oppose

Following are some possible scenarios that could happen if the Boy Scouts keeps or changes its policy. Please tell us the degree to which you believe the actions taken in each scenario are acceptable or unacceptable. ROTATE QUESTIONS 3-8

  • Totally acceptable
  • Somewhat acceptable
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat unacceptable
  • Totally unacceptable

2. Tom started in the program as a Tiger Cub, and finished every requirement for the Eagle Scout Award at 16 years of age. At his board of review Tom reveals that he is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the review board to deny his Eagle Scout award based on that admission?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

3. Bob is 15 years old, and the only openly gay Scout in a Boy Scout troop. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the troop leader to allow Bob to tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

4. Johnny, a first grade boy, has joined Tiger Cubs with his friends. Johnny’s friends and their parents unanimously nominate Johnny’s mom, who is known by them to be lesbian, to be the den leader. Johnny’s pack is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith does not teach that homosexuality is wrong. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for his mother to serve as a den leader for his Cub Scout den?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

5. David, a Boy Scout, believes that homosexuality is wrong. His troop is chartered to a church where the doctrine of that faith also teaches that homosexuality is wrong. Steve, an openly gay youth, applies to be a member in the troop and is denied membership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this troop to deny Steve membership in their troop?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

6. A gay male troop leader, along with another adult leader, is taking a group of boys on a camping trip following the youth protection guidelines of two-deep leadership. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the gay adult leader to take adolescent boys on an overnight camping trip?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

7. A troop is chartered by an organization that does not believe homosexuality is wrong and allows gays to be ministers. The youth minister traditionally serves as the Scoutmaster for the troop. The congregation hires a youth minister who is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for this youth minister to serve as the Scoutmaster?

  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

8. After reading the scenarios in the previous question, please answer one question again. The current Boy Scouts of America requirements prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement?

  • Strongly support
  • Somewhat support
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat oppose
  • Strongly oppose

9. Different organizations that charter Boy Scout troops have different positions on the morality of homosexuality. Do you support or oppose allowing charter organizations to follow their own beliefs when selecting Boy Scout members and adult leaders, if that means there will be different standards from one organization to the next.

  • Strongly support
  • Somewhat support
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat oppose
  • Strongly oppose

10. What is your greatest concern if the policy remains in place and openly gay youth and adults are prohibited from joining Scouting?

  • (Open end)

11. What is your greatest concern if the policy is changed to allow charter organizations to make their own decisions to admit openly gay Scouts and leaders?

  • (Open end)

12. Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being scouts or adult scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?

  • Yes
  • No

13. If the Boy Scouts of America makes a decision on this policy that disagrees with your own view, will you continue to participate in the Boy Scouts, or will you leave the organization?

  • I believe I can find a way to continue
  • I do not believe I can find a way to continue
  • I have not yet made up my mind

 

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