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 Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.