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The Other Side of the Boy Scouts of America Jonny Umansky Honors English II February 23rd 2001 In the oath of the Boy Scouts it is written 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 Scout The controversy is simply over the last two words of the oath morally straight The phrase morally straight is interpreted by the Scouts to mean the good of sexual intimacy is inextricably bound to being an honorable husband and a loving father Tooley Therefore any act of homosexuality would go against the beliefs of the Boy Scouts While the organization does not discriminate against any other minority it has a strong foundation against gays What a boy is told at a young age continues with him for the rest of his life If at such a young age 45 million Boy Scouts are told that it is just to discriminate against homosexuals what does that say for society Tooley It is unreasonable for the Boy Scouts of America to expel and prevent those who want to take part in the organization due to their sexual preference Given the Boy Scouts outlandish rule only those with fundamentalist views will support the organization The Jewish religion does not believe in discrimination in any form Reform Judaism the most liberal branch of the Jewish religion strongly opposes with the rule This policy is at clear odds with the values that the Reform movement has embraced Rabbi Dan Polish said Malcolm 12 Jewish organizations have sponsored the Boy Scouts for years However out of a total of 124000 troops Jewish organizations sponsor only 277 Lobdell B 2 The initial reaction to the confirmation of the Scout policy was for the Reform Movement to sever all ties with the
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