In a case that seems to involve both sexual orientation discrimination and religious discrimination, Ryan Andresen, a scout who had finished his Eagle Project, has been kicked out of the scouting by the Boy Scouts of America, Inc. after his scoutmaster refused to sign off on the award, citing Ryan’s sexual orientation. But a spokesperson from BSA’s National Headquarters piled on with this:
The Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said late Thursday that Ryan contributed to his situation by disagreeing with the BSA’s religious principles.
“Recently, a Scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout Counselor that he does not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God” and does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation,” Smith wrote in a statement to Yahoo News. “While the BSA did not proactively ask for this information, based on his statements and after discussion with his family he is being informed that he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting.”
Smith said belief in God is the foundation of scouting’s strong, continuing commitment to encouraging moral, ethical and spiritual growth. It is the position of the Boy Scouts of America that no one can reach their full potential without belief in a higher power.
Full article at Yahoo News here: Boy Scout denied Eagle award after coming out