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COMMENTARY: Questioning the wisdom of Boy Scouts' limitations on Scout leaders | VIDEO

Dear Boy Scouts of America,

I just want to be clear on who it is you want to lead your young Boy Scout troops.

It is my understanding that you will not allow the following men to lead a Boy Scout troop because they are gay:

• Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980-2013.

• Neil Patrick Harris, award-winning actor

• Thomas Roberts, MSNBC anchor

• Elton John, megastar entertainer

I also understand that you are more than happy to have as one of your troop leaders someone named Glenn Taylor.

This troop leader was filmed at Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park pushing over an ancient 2,000-pound sandstone with his bare hands. Not just any sandstone, but a 200-million-year-old goblin sandstone formation that he destroyed.

It’s also my understanding that said Glenn Taylor filed a personal injury lawsuit last month (September 2013) in which he claimed to have been disabled after a car crash four years ago.

He claims that since the 2009 crash he has “endure(d) great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life.”

Please watch the video and tell me that Mr. Taylor is suffering in any manner and please explain the high fives and whoops of what I perceive to be joy at destroying something that has been standing for over 200 million years.

He looks perfectly able-bodied and didn’t appear to have any trouble pushing over the 2,000 pound sandstone, and was quite proud of his feat as he was flexing his arms.

It’s my understanding that the Boy Scouts have an “Outdoor Code” which I will quote from the usscouts.org website:

“As an American, I will do my best to -

• Be clean in my outdoor manners

• Be careful with fire

• Be considerate in the outdoors, and

• Be conservation minded.”

It’s clear that your Mr. Taylor is not considerate in the outdoors, and doesn’t know the definition of the word “conservation.”

I would hope that Mr. Taylor will be relieved of his responsibilities as a Boy Scout leader for he is certainly not what I would want my son to have as his mentor for his future.

You might want to reconsider your standards for your troop leaders: In my mind a Barney Frank, a Neil Patrick Harris, a Thomas Roberts or an Elton John would be far more worthy to raise the three fingers on his right hand on say:

“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.”

Your Mr. Taylor should never again wear the uniform or have any sort of moral conversation with any young man.


Barbara Weicksel

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SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.