Boy Scouts, Heart of America Council 307
PO Box 414177
Kansas City MO 64141
Do you have any idea how difficult it is for a young kid to deal with “being different”? Do you have any idea what is does to a young person’s psyche to be told by an organization as large as BSA that sorry, because you are different you can’t be a boy scout? Do you know how this galvanizes the straight-kid/gay-kid bigotry and bullying? Do you know what I would have missed out on if someone in Troop 98 had “discovered” I was different and ejected me from the troop? My adult self confidence. My friendships with fellow scouts that have lasted almost 50 years. My general knowledge and interest in almost everything in the world thanks to the 25 merit badges I earned.
I am sickened by the reaffirmation of your stance to not allow gay kids to join scouting. I haven’t been proud of my eagle award since you first announced it back in the 90s. I’m sickened by the arrogance and cruelty of your “11 member special committee.” I’m sorry for my own early association with your organization, and will never acknowledge myself as an eagle scout to anyone again. Do not respond to this letter as I no longer want any association whatsoever with the Boy Scouts of America.
I’m not a terribly religious person, but may God help all of you who support this evil bigotry when you are judged.
Former Eagle scout (1967), Order of the Arrow member, Senior Patrol Leader, Explorer scout and recipient of Ad Altari Dei award
Troop 98, Prairie Village, Kansas
Copy to Rex Tillerson, Wayne Brock