The Boy Scouts of America have lost six percent of their members since changing their policy on gay participants, the group recently announced.
Some may think this is bad news.
I think the opposite.
They’re merely weeding out the bigots.
It’s true that in some cases, unbiased boys may be denied the benefits of Scouting because of their bigoted parents, but I think the greater percentage of the decrease in membership is the result of the elimination of bigotry.
As a former Boy Scout who loves Scouting and owes a great deal to the organization, my hope is that they reverse their decision on allowing gay adult leaders soon, too.
Scouting may lose another 6% of it’s membership or more by allowing openly gay adult leaders to serve, but I’d much rather see a smaller organization that adheres to the tenets of the Boy Scout Law and Oath than a larger organization populated by bigots and fools.