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The Boy Scout oath — homophobia

No gay Boy Scouts. Nossir. Move along. Nothing to see here.

The Boy Scouts, of course, are well-known for their commitment to character building and upright moral behavior, having produced Eagle Scouts such as former Washington D.C. mayor and noted crackhead Marion Barry; serial killers Arthur Gary Bishop, John Edward Robinson and Texas tower sniper Charles Whitman; Watergate felons John Erlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps.

And Donald Rumsfeld.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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Jul 23, 2012, 2:40 pm
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“Today I am returning my Eagle Scout medal because I do not want to be associated with the bigotry for which it now stands. I hope that one day BSA stands up for all boys. It saddens me that until that day comes any sons of mine will not participate in the Boy Scouts.”


Jul 22, 2012, 4:58 pm
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Can it be that you really don’t understand there are tens of thousands of gay boy scouts (as there are tens of thousands of gay U.S. military personnel), and that all this proclamation does is make them feel they should be ashamed of who they are?

Or is it that you do understand, don’t care, and should be ashamed of yourself?

Jul 18, 2012, 4:34 pm
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So why do you want to join the BSA if it is such a bad organization? If you do not agree with the BSA policies then start you own group and live happily ever after. Get a life and grow up already.

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“The fate of our nation in the years to come and, I believe, the future of the world itself, depends on the kind of people we modern Americans will prove to be.”

— Defense Secretary (and former Eagle Scout) Robert Gates, speaking at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree

Boy Scout oath

  • On my honor, I will do my best
  • To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
  • To help other people at all times; 
  • To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Boy Scout law

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent

Boy Scout motto

Be prepared!


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