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October 22nd, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Scouts to Gay Dad: "Don't Wear Uniform"

A father in Texas has been banned from wearing the Cub Scouts' uniform because he's openly gay. Jon Langbert wore the trademark khaki button-down often while building things…cooking... fundraising with his 9-year-old son Carter.

The two have done everything you'd expect a father-son scouting team to do...earning badges and living up to scouting law. You know... The one that says "a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent." Jon also says he's been removed from his leadership position. But his local scout district says that's impossible...because Jon wasn't listed as a leader in the first place. A district executive says it's following the rules. Jon Langbert and his son spoke with CNN's Kyra Phillips.

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  1. Kimberly

    "Do we accept gays as leaders even though we believe the lifestyle is wrong and will have definite negative impact on our children and on society?"
    So... we'd rather have people leading from a mind of intolerance and hate towards someone who doesn't have the same views as yourself? Why does who some is SLEEPING with have bearing on YOUR life or the life of your children? If you have a parent who smokes, do you keep your child from being exposed to that? Have you ever broken the speed limit with your child in the vehicle? Both of those things expose children to much more harm every single day than being around an openly gay individual who IS showing fabulous leadership qualities to his son.
    If people would just stay out of the business of their neighbor and lead with love, compassion and tolerance, this world would be a much better place.

    October 25, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  2. Alex

    In order to be authorized to wear the scout uniform one must be a member of the BOA. Jon apparently did not complete this process. It is possible that he completed the paperwork and somone in his pack did not properly submit it. Be that as it may, he is not a member.
    Furthermore, the position of the BOA on homosexuality and leadership is readily available and well publicized. Any adult leader must support and comply with the rulesand standards of the BOA. As such, he would have had to lie, had he signed the paperwork to become a member – and thereby disqualified himself on multiple counts.
    Why is it that people fight to join organizations that they clearly disagree with?

    October 25, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  3. Rob

    Scouting is a voluntary, non-formal educational charity movement for young people. It is independent, non-political, non-military, and open to all without distinction of origin, race, creed or gender, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by Robert Baden-Powell. The original law and promise of scouting and it's intentions had nothing to do with sexual orientations of its members, nor any statements of being morally straight or otherwise. As originally conceived by Baden-Powell. The orignal scout promise was:
    On my honour I promise that I will do my best—
    To do my duty to God and the King (or to God and my Country)
    To help other people at all times and
    To obey the Scout Law.

    Unfortunately I think the churches in the US have hijacked scouting for their own purposes and strayed from the original path set by Baden Powell. Really, they are not scouting any more and should be called as something different, their intent and the brand has been perverted for their own purposes and not of the orgiinal design by Baden-Powell. They could well look at themselves and either go back to the original program as intended by it's founder or become some different church oriented program where they can set all their own rules. But scouting is truly scouting for all, and this is to develop young people.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:56 am |
  4. Ray

    I don't see a problem with gay leaders in the Scouts. I think pedophile leaders would be better. They would have a closer connection to those they are leading.

    Then there are the animal "lovers". Why leave them out of leadership roles? We, in fact, need more perverts in leadership positions in many realms. That way we can become more tolerant and learn the contributions each perverted leader can make toward directing our children in their behavior.

    Something we can do for the Scouts and other children groups is to release state and federal sex offenders with the condition that they will serve in leadership roles in various children’s organizations. This will reduce costs for taxpayers and give our children a full scope of tolerance lessons to help shape them into better, more tolerant adults.

    Let's be sure to emphasize that these leaders are not "bad people". They simply have a differing view than some others have and should be understood instead of chastised.

    Wake up America, perverts are good for you and your children. You just choose prejudice and hate instead of tolerance and love to direct your mind-set.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:08 am |

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