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'Loyal and Obedient': Boy Scouts Must Evolve to Inspire New Generation

Huffington Post
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February 6, 2013

For those not familiar with Boy Scouts, the Scout law is a set of traits taught to inspire the best in each Scout. In the Scout Handbook, a Scout is loyal: "A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation." However, a Scout is also obedient: "A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them."

How can I be true to my nephew and also obedient to the law prohibiting me from participating? How can my nephew be loyal to his gay uncle if he is also obedient to the exclusionary Scouting rule?