In “Scouts redefine acceptance,” Matthew Powers wrote that the Boy Scouts are finally learning to love their neighbors as themselves by repealing the ban on openly gay members. I disagree with your conclusion.
I agree that all people are created equal, but I do not think that loving your neighbor as yourself is a sufficient qualification for allowing anybody into your organization. It is quite possible to love someone and yet deny them membership because you do not think they are ready for it, whether physically, mentally or spiritually.
I think that "equal opportunity" means that everyone should be weighed on the same qualifications. If one of those qualifications is not being gay, why is that a problem? This group wanted to exclude people who had made certain character choices. If the decision was not made from hatred or malice (which is wrong and not acceptable), why is it a problem?
As for the decision itself, I am opposed to it. I think that homosexuality is a choice (a subconscious one, perhaps, but still a choice), and a wrong one that kids in the BSA should not be told is an option.
This decision puts me in a difficult position because there is this stigma in our culture that intolerance is equated with hatred or bigotry.
Bigotry and hatred have no place in our society, and I think that it is possible to be intolerant and loving at the same time. Be intolerant of what is wrong, and do so with love. That is loving your neighbor as yourself.
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