Thursday, February 21, 2013
Two local sponsors say yes, but the decision will not likely come easily. What's your take on allowing gay scouts in local troops?
A decision by the Boy Scouts of America may soon put the decision to allow gay scout participation in the hands of local sponsors. This includes the congregation of Faith United Presbyterian Church and the Tinley Park Police Department. Both sponsor Tinley scout troops, and both are bracing for the upcoming decision, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I think the congregation would (support lifting the ban on gay scouts) ... but it would not be a unanimous decision or an easy decision, and it would require some people to struggle deeply with their faith," United First Reverend and Eagle Scout Adam Malak said. Bill Brady is the committee chair of Tinley police sponsored Troop 911. He, too, anticipates allowing gay membership in his troop, …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The decision whether to allow gays in the scouts has been held for about three months, as the organization faces strong pressure from people for and against gay membership.
Update: The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that they will not make an official vote on its position on gay members until May. One year after reaffirming its stance against gay membership, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will vote this week on whether to lift the ban, the Chicago Tribune reports. The BSA board is convening at the organization’s headquarters in Texas to discuss the controversial decision, reports say. The board has said it will consider lifting the national restriction against gay membership, instead leaving the call up to local troop leaders. A Wednesday vote will determine how the group proceeds, but there’s already plenty of influence on both sides of the fence. On Sunday, President Barack Obama strongly voiced…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Boy Scouts of America is discussing whether to end its ban on gay scouts and leaders. Local groups could decide their own policy.
The Boy Scouts of America is "actively considering" ending its decades-long ban on gay scouts and leaders, according to NBC News. The new policy would elminate the ban from the national organization's rules and would allow local groups to decide their own policies. “The chartered organizations that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs,” Deron Smith, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts’ national organization, told NBC. Discussion of a change in policy is "nearings its final stages." Do you support the end of the Boy Scouts of America's ban of gay scouts and leaders? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Scouts were stripped naked and rubbed with ice cubes, forced to have oral sex with their troop leaders and molested on camping trips. These and other sex crimes are detailed in files the Boy Scouts of America kept secret for decades.
What do an elementary schoolteacher, a voodoo cultist, a shipping clerk and a prison guard have in common? Each has a "perversion file" kept by the Boy Scouts of America in secret records that detail decades of sex abuse allegations. Almost 300 cases involving men and Boy Scout troops throughout Illinois are among the 1,200 secret Boy Scout files released last week by order of the Oregon Supreme Court. In Illinois, the files date to the 1960s and extend through the ensuing five decades. The Boy Scouts of America used these records to prevent blackballed Scout leaders from returning to the organization with other troops. The files are filled with correspondence between the leadership of the Scouts and troop leaders, interviews with Scouts …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Almost 300 Illinois records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Patch's searchable database allows you to search by cities in Illinois. Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.