So the Boy Scouts of America need three more months to make a decision about whether to officially allow gays into scouting. First of all, I'm amazed (and very troubled) that it's even a serious issue.
How can you possibly blatantly exclude an entire class of people? How long would they exist if they barred blacks, Hispanics, Catholics or Jews? Its excluding some people because they don't like them or don't understand them and somehow feel threatened by them.
In England, where Scouting originated, sexual orientation was and is a non-issue. Only here has rampant homophobia basically hijacked scouting. Our scouts are the real victims here as the BSA is being torn apart.
I am on the verge of surrendering my Eagle Scout award in shame and protest, but am waiting until May's decision comes forth. The BSA has only had since 1910 to work this out. I guess we can all wait for another three months.
In terms of scouting, I truly wish I lived in England about now. But I am confident and optimistic about May ...
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.