November272012
Mr. Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive1325 West Walnut Hill LanePO Box 15207Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Dear Mr. Brock and the Executive Board of the BSA:
From my very first moment as a Tiger Cub I dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout. The next ten years of work toward that goal taught me patience, perseverance, and of course the twelve character traits that we all can cite from memory. When I finally earned Scouting’s highest honor I knew that I would be proud of my accomplishment forever.
But my time in the Scouting also taught me to use my conscience. As I became aware of BSA’s discriminatory policies toward gays, I could not ignore the hypocrisy of an organization that claimed to be for all boys. Less than a year after becoming an Eagle Scout, I quit in protest.
In the 14 years since, I have patiently waited in the hope that your organization would realize the error of its stance. Instead it has entrenched itself in a shameful and outdated concept of “morals” that justifies hatred and systematic discrimination of our fellow men.
I am saddened to say I can no longer be proud to have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Instead, I am ashamed at my past as part of a hate organization. I will not allow any sons I may have to join the Boy Scouts any more than I would allow them to join the Hitler Youth.
Accordingly, I am returning the enclosed badge. I hope that there comes a time when I need no longer be ashamed. May the Boy Scouts of America reform itself, or cease to exist.
Sincerely,
Benjamin Kidder

Mr. Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 15207
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Dear Mr. Brock and the Executive Board of the BSA:

From my very first moment as a Tiger Cub I dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout. The next ten years of work toward that goal taught me patience, perseverance, and of course the twelve character traits that we all can cite from memory. When I finally earned Scouting’s highest honor I knew that I would be proud of my accomplishment forever.

But my time in the Scouting also taught me to use my conscience. As I became aware of BSA’s discriminatory policies toward gays, I could not ignore the hypocrisy of an organization that claimed to be for all boys. Less than a year after becoming an Eagle Scout, I quit in protest.

In the 14 years since, I have patiently waited in the hope that your organization would realize the error of its stance. Instead it has entrenched itself in a shameful and outdated concept of “morals” that justifies hatred and systematic discrimination of our fellow men.

I am saddened to say I can no longer be proud to have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Instead, I am ashamed at my past as part of a hate organization. I will not allow any sons I may have to join the Boy Scouts any more than I would allow them to join the Hitler Youth.

Accordingly, I am returning the enclosed badge. I hope that there comes a time when I need no longer be ashamed. May the Boy Scouts of America reform itself, or cease to exist.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Kidder


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