Gay People Can't Work for the Boy Scouts, but Criminals Can

The Boy Scouts are really stretching their "morally straight" pledge a bit thin these days.

An employment application obtained by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reveals the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will not hire "avowed homosexuals" under any circumstance, but are open to considering convicted criminals for a job.

The application reads:

"Accordingly, in the exercise of its constitutional right to bring the values of Scouting to its youth members, the Boy Scouts of America will not employ atheists, agnostics, known or avowed homosexuals, or others as professional Scouters or in their capacities in which such employment would tend to interfere with its mission of reinforcing the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law in Young People."

The application later states that "conviction of a crime is not an automatic bar to employment," meaning that a person's sexual orientation is more concerning to the BSA than someone's criminal record.

"It's so rare these days to see such blatant discrimination written down on paper," writes HRC President Chad Griffin in a letter sent to HRC's supporters.

Griffin thinks the BSA's position on banning gay scouts and scoutmasters runs counter to the expansion of equality towards openly gay men and women, and undercuts all the positive work the organization has done over the years.

Last week, the BSA announced it would be delaying a decision on a possible change to its discriminatory position towards openly gay individuals. The soonest they would make any announcement on a policy change would be May.

Following the removal of a Cub Scout den mother Jennifer Tyrrell for being a lesbian, a petition with over 1.4 million signatures urging the BSA to get rid of its ban on gay kids and scoutmasters was delivered to BSA headquarters on February 5.

"Countless Boy Scouts and leaders have been removed from scouting just because they are being who they are," Tyrrell said, according to the Associated Press. "I don't want one parent to have to tell their sons they can't be part of Scouts because they're not good enough."

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