Boy ScoutsIt appears that the city of Philadelphia is continuing its pursuit against the Boy Scouts of America. And I have to say BRAVO!!

As you may know (or not), the Boy Scouts ban gays. They’ve put themselves on their own pedestal to rise above human rights, which is their right to do since they are a private club. But here’s the problem: the Philadelphia chapter (the Cradle of Liberty Council) headquarters resides in a building owned by the city. For three years, the city of Philadelphia has requested the city chapter change its views on homosexuality and the rejection of gays in the club, but the Boy Scouts have rejected every attempt. But here’s the rub: the city of Philadelphia does not discriminate against gays. The Boy Scouts of America get free rent from a city-owned property. Do you see the problem?

So over the past three years, the city has been trying to get the Boy Scouts to change their discriminatory actions. They continue to refuse. The city is the telling them that they now have 2 options: (1) pay rent on the property the tax payees are currently paying for them, or (2) find another rental location. It makes perfect sense to me.

Why should the tax payees of the city continue to pay the bill for a group that goes against the city laws? The Boy Scouts claim that homosexuality goes against their belief. They can discriminate because they’re a private organization. They should have the right to discriminate. But not at the tax payers’ cost! If they want to continue to discriminate against gays, then they need to pay their own way.

But let’s take a brief look at the Boy Scout pledge and a description of each statement:

On my honor, I will do my best

Try hard to live up to the points of the Scout Oath. Measure your achievements against your own high standards and don’t be influenced by peer pressure or what other people do.

Not a problem.

To do my duty to God

Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can serve. You do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings every day and by respecting and defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs.

Not a problem for gays, but what about those atheists? You’re not banning them?

And my country

Help keep the United States a strong and fair nation by learning about our system of government and your responsibilities as a citizen and future voter.

America is made up of countless families and communities. When you work to improve your community and your home, you are serving your country. Natural resources are another important part of America’s heritage worthy of your efforts to understand, protect, and use wisely. What you do can make a real difference.

Not a problem.

and to obey the Scout law;

The twelve points of the Scout Law are guidelines that can lead you toward wise choices. When you obey the Scout Law, other people will respect you for the way you live, and you will respect yourself.

Again, no problem in sight; and even the Scout law doesn’t mention anything against gays.

To help other people at all times

There are many people who need you. Your cheerful smile and helping hand will ease the burden of many who need assistance. By helping out whenever possible, you are doing your part to make this a better world.

Not a problem.

To keep myself physically strong,

Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. it also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.

Not a problem!

Mentally awake,

Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities. With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learn much about the exciting world around you and your role in it.

Not a problem…

and morally straight.

To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance.

So where’s the problem????

The Boy Scouts shouldn’t be rejecting gays. Their belief system, laid out in their oath, does not explicitly say they cannot or will not accept gays. Rather, they are interpreting their own pledge and law to reject gays. The city of Philadelphia has every right to uphold their own beliefs (and they’re not just ‘beliefs,’ but law), which is to not discriminate. And since the two beliefs are at odds, the side which is holding all the cards is the side that owns the building – the city. The Boy Scouts don’t own the building. If they did, they would still have the right to condemn homosexuality (isn’t that screwing with little minds and teaching discrimination?), but I digress. They, instead, rely on the graciousness of the city, using a building for free that the city could be renting to some other group at its prime real estate value. After all, the economy sucks and the city could use the extra income. Personally, I wouldn’t have the gall to live for free in someone else’s house while disrespecting them. I would follow their rules or move out. The Boy Scouts are being given many options. Either change your way of thinking, start paying rent on a building you’re getting for free, or go somewhere else. It’s very simple.