Forgive my ignorance I hadn’t realised that the Boy Scouts of America is homophobic. Following a two year review it has unanimously agreed to uphold a ban that prevents “open or avowed” gay people from being part of the youth organization. Agnostics and atheists are also excluded. Created in 1910 it has more than 2,720,000 youth members and more than 1 million adult members. Not small fry, by any means. It is difficult to separate this decision from the overwhelming preponderance of Christian organisations in its make-up. Is there any chance that the Scout Movement or indeed leading Christian youth groups in the UK will condemn this decision?
|Name of Organization||Total Units||Total Yout|
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints||37928||412720|
|United Methodist Church||11287||371499|
|Parent-teacher groups other than PTAs||4039||160007|
|Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)||3714||126969|
|Groups of Citizens||3782||110248|
|Parent-Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization||1775||72321|