Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith


I got a letter in the mail today from Steven Cozza,, a remarkable young Eagle Scout who at the age of 12 started an organization to help end discrimination of gays and nontheists in the Boy Scouts Of America. The organization is called Scouting For All. What makes Cozza exceptional is not only that he founded S4A and has continually worked hard since that time seven years ago to raise awareness and affect change, but that he is also heterosexual.

"The Boy Scouts were the ones who taught me to take a stand and try to make the world a better place," he has said. "They say to treat others as you would want to be treated. "By discriminating they are not following their own Scout Oath and Law, they are not trying to make the world a better place. I am the one who is following the Scout Law. It is them who are not following it by discriminating."

I take personal issue with most of this situation for obvious reasons. I cannot stand and be complacent when an organization that does so much good for so many has exclusionary policies, particularly when it comes to Cole's school and feeds him with all of the wonderful things that he can do and be a part of, but the fact that he doesn't believe in god excludes him. The fact that even if we did believe, we still would not allow him to become part of an organization that discriminates against people like myself and my other half, who incidentally is an Eagle Scout. At first Cole was very angry that he couldn't be included in the BSA, but now he understands why and has come to believe that they are wrong for not allowing boys like himself. He's convinced that the BSA is missing out by not having him as a scout, and I have to agree with him - he's a fantastic little boy and sets very good examples.

If you have the means, please donate to this cause by joining and becoming a member. Individual memberships are only $20.00, and household memberships are $40.00. They even offer a $10.00 limited income membership, and benefactor memberships for $50.00. This would make an excellent last minute gift for someone, a membership in a worthwhile organization.

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