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Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Atheism, LGBT Rights | 19 comments

Boycott the Boy Scouts of America

My post on this topic — a part of a joint effort of US advocates for secularism (which is by no means an official group, since I just made it up) — will be short and sour.  This year, attorneys released more than 20,000 Boy Scout documents identifying more than 1,000 leaders and volunteers banned from the group after being accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys. The organization has a long history of discrimination against gays and against atheists. Although the courts have held that the Boy Scouts are a private organization, both Mitt Romney and President Obama have spoken out against their mistreatment of gay youth. This sort of discrimination is simply unacceptable in the modern world, and we should voice our protest in every way we can, most importantly with our dollars. This year, please buy your Xmas pine or dead wood to be adorned with gaudy decorations elsewhere. Thank you.