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This is a clip of Ellen Degeneres show “ellen” who invited long time Boy Scout Ryan Andresen who is being denied the organisation’s highest rank, the Eagle Scout, because he’s gay. The Boy Scouts of America have a recently affirmed policy which does not allow openly gay members. Ryan’s mother, Karen Andresen, started a petition “Boy Scouts: Don’t let your anti-gay policy deny my son his Eagle award” on Change.org which is currently signed by 376.800 people. The petition urges the leaders of Ryan’s Boy Scout Troop 212 to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory anti-gay policy and to give Ryan Andresen the Eagle award he’s earned.

The Boy Scouts’ policy is quite remarkable considering that the Catholic Church itself does “embrace” gays. Being gay is not considered to be sinful. “Homosexual behaviour” is, however. According to the Catechism, “they¬† (homosexuals) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” How generous by the way…

Check out “Scouts for Equality“, an organisation focused on changing the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policies.

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