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Should Eleven Year Olds “Come Out”?

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Should eleven year old boys who haven’t even reached puberty make public declarations about their sexuality? Of course not, but the disastrous new policy by the Boy Scouts of America encourages children to proudly announce their own homosexuality. Scouting is open to all boys at age 11, and those who’ve completed Cub Scouts with an “Arrow of Light” award join as early as age 10!

But precious few children have formed fixed sexual identities at that age: every scientific survey of intimate behavior shows that even among the rare adolescent males who’ve experienced gay sex before 18, the majority grow up to identify as exclusively heterosexual after 25.

The Boy Scouts still claim to ban both same sex and opposite sex intimacy, but raising questions of orientation at wildly inappropriate ages contributes to the destructive trend to sexualize immature children.

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  1. mel  •  May 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    my sentiments exactly

    • Wm Harvey  •  Jun 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      I believe that not reaching a mature level for sexual identity at ten correct. But, and sensitive but…. not that one!
      How can a boy that has been traumatized before ten not have a sexually advanced identity?
      There are a group of people that think that sex with a six year old should be legal. Can you believe that! ref. Bill Schnoebelen on youtube regarding masons.

  2. Mike McMaster  •  May 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Of course not. Eleven year old boys are in Scouting for the adventure and sexuality is the furthest thing from there minds. If gays were truley banned from Scouting, membership would have been significantly smaller than it is today. The fact is sexuality is not a topic raised in Scouting nor should it be. What people dont understand is the Scouts spend far more time together outside the realm of troop events and the boys already know whom is gay. Generally youth dont care about their friends sexuality so its mostly a non-issue in Scouting. It only becomes an issue once adults are added into the mix. In addition there are also many gay adults in Scouting and they are accepted in most cases because they can be great Scoutleaders just like everyone else. I’ve had the pleasure of growing with a few gay boys that have obtained the rank of Eagle and they are perfectly confortable with the Scouting program and I dare say are far more understanding of the gay issue than those whom are making a big deal out of it. I guess its that mature intelect that made them Eagles in the first place. I resent how the BSA has been bullied into this issue and feel for those boys whom will loose out because of thier decision.

  3. Scout mom  •  May 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    While this isn’t a change I wanted to see per se, I will say that teenagers often don’t know their minds very well, and kicking a child out of a group because he is confused and unsure of his sexual orientation isn’t ideal either. I am glad to see they held the line on adults in leadership not being ‘out’ and ‘proud’ as I don’t sex is something that needs to be gotten into a scouts….that is an area best covered by the parent/child relationship. I certainly don’t want boy scouts to go the way of Girl scouts, with their fluid morality.

  4. Stuart R. Schwarzer  •  May 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Please permit me to “ditto” Mike McMasters’s comments above. There is just is no moral reason for the decision that was made. The BSA got bullied, pure, plain, and simple.

  5. can't believe you  •  May 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Don, Your diatribe only points out how mentally sick you are!

  6. Sheridan's Sister  •  May 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I think this decision is more about the Scoutmasters than the kids themselves. I think they will have a lawsuit on their hands if they allow openly gay scoutmasters to spend the night in the tents with the older kids, especially. If there is an incident–even if it’s consensual between a 20 year old and a 17 or 18 year old scout–they can’t say that they couldn’t see it coming, like the Catholics could with the “celibate” priests or Penn State could with the supposedly happily married football coach.

  7. Daphne Krueger  •  Jun 1, 2013 at 1:33 am

    A while ago, there was a boy scout, who had fullfilled all the requirements for the untimate badge and because he was homosexual, he couldn’t receiver the badge. I think that was terrible. I think the rules should be able to participate as before. Who knows what will happen when they mature. Just accept each for their talents. You know, who will cast the first stone. No child is perfect, is one infraction worse than the other.

    • JGUY  •  Jun 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

      Dafne – Are you being purposely incoherent or is your comment such psychobabble that
      it is nonsense? There are different levels of everything including infractions – example
      would be murder as opposed to double parking – different infration levels.

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