The Boy Scouts are no "Boy Scouts..."
When Jon Langbert enrolled his son in the local Dallas Cub Scout Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America he told them he was gay. "No problem" was the response he received. Now, a few years later, he has been stripped of his uniform, yet asked to continue to perform the same service for the local Cub Scout Pack that he performed when he was awarded the shirt.
Jon performed the duty of Popcorn Colonel for the local Cub Scout pack. As a leader, he encouraged the cubs to sell popcorn to earn gifts and gift cards in the competition to raise money for the pack and its parent organization. Although Jon and his son, Carter, belonged to the pack for a number of years, it was only a week ago that officials from the State and National organization ordered the local pack to "defrock" Mr. Langbert. The local pack, however, wants Mr. Langbert to retain his now, untitled, position.
All reports indicate that Mr. Langbert is a good father and performed well in his position with the Cub Scouts. In a world where the military currently sits under judicial injunction for its DADT policy because this position actually damages the function of the armed forces by preventing the retention of experienced personnel, and laws that discriminate against the LGBT population are being challenged daily in the courts; the position of the Boy Scouts is antiquated and a blatant disregard of first amendment rights.
I am aware that the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts were allowed as a private organization to continue their discriminatory practices, however, my points remains. Country Clubs, restaurants and stores are not allowed to practice overt discrimination, why make an exception for the Boy Scouts? For a country that advocates liberty and justice for all, we are very lax in putting our principles into practice.