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Boy Scout Leaders Reprimanded For Marching In Utah Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO

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Two Boy Scout leaders have been chastised by officials from the organization and told to sign an apology letter for marching with several uniformed Scouts in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City two weeks ago. The two leaders, Peter Brownstein and Neil Whitaker marched in the June 2 parade to celebrate the organization's historic vote last month to allow gay youths. Officials with the Boy Scouts of America's Great Salt Lake Council, however, say Brownstein and Whitaker violated the organization's policy prohibiting the use of Scouting to promote a "political agenda."

The two men were told to sign a letter of apology for "violation of BSA policies and disobedience," but have refused, saying they were not advancing a "political" agenda but celebrating a "cultural" event.

"We weren't rallying for a politician or political event," Whitaker said. "To me, it was being supportive of my fellow human beings."

Current BSA policy states "no person, youth, or adult may use Scouting to promote sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda." Scouts and Scout leaders are permitted to participate in pride parades as supportive citizens but not as uniformed members of the BSA.

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  1. The BSA - rocketing forward into the past and utter irrelevance...and (eventually) oblivion!
    Very sad, but "Yay!"!!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 16, 2013 3:30:00 PM


  2. So let me see if I have this straight (so to speak): the BSA cracks down hard on exercise of first amendment rights but enables and covers up pedophiles?

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | Jun 16, 2013 3:37:51 PM


  3. I love it when the BSA makes these kinds of major missteps. Not only do they piss of their own Scout Leaders but the Scouts themselves and as so many of us have noted, the BSA will cease to be. And when they realize it they won't be able to apologize enough. They are cutting their own throats all based on bigotry. They don't deserve to support American's young men.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 16, 2013 3:41:19 PM


  4. Live in the present.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 16, 2013 3:52:49 PM


  5. Oh, the irony! Reprimanding lower level leaders for "promot[ing] sexual orientation or any other political or social agenda" while the National Council has been pushing its own sexual-orientation views and social agenda for decades.

    Posted by: John | Jun 16, 2013 3:57:54 PM


  6. Reprimanded for practicing their first amendment rights and wearing their personal property wherever they want and however they want? The BSA is still not getting that in order to be the Boy Scouts OF American they cannot be against the American value of freedom. It would be a contradiction.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 16, 2013 4:30:51 PM


  7. So the Boys Scouts now views itself as the Catholic Church...pride goeth before the fall.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jun 16, 2013 4:58:17 PM


  8. There are plenty of photos of Boy Scouts attending campaign rallies for Mitt Romney but I don't recall any of the scouts being reprimanded for that...

    Posted by: homer | Jun 16, 2013 6:41:25 PM



  9. Gosh! I think they were only following one of the Scout's Promises ...

    DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

    Posted by: Rexford | Jun 16, 2013 6:59:35 PM


  10. Good for them! Young heroes for sure!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 16, 2013 7:36:49 PM


  11. The leaders were "forced" to sign an apology. Nothing says sincerity like a forced apology. So much for that part in the oath about being honest.

    Posted by: terry | Jun 16, 2013 10:00:02 PM


  12. I just searched Boy Scouts March in Parade, and found numerous examples of uniformed Boy Scouts marching in parades that easily be construed (or misconstrued) as having a political purpose. Sorry BSA honchos, but your hypocrisy is showing again.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jun 17, 2013 3:23:50 AM


  13. The Boys Scouts also marched in the Boise Pride Parade on 6/15. So far no word on whether they will be reprimanded...

    Posted by: JD | Jun 17, 2013 9:16:41 AM


  14. I didn't realize a parade was a "political agenda"...

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jun 18, 2013 6:03:05 PM


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