Ryan Andresen Deserves Eagle Scout Award, His Being Gay Has Nothing To Do With Hard Work, Bigoted Boy Scouts Needs To Be Denied Funding
There is a need to cut off funding for the Boy Scouts, and marginalize it in every way possible until it changes its anti-gay policies.
There is no reason that someone like Ryan Andresen who has worked hard and made a difference in his community should not be made an Eagle Scout. Denying him this honor just for the fact he is gay is wretched behavior on the part of the Scouts and needs to denounced in every way possible.
I very much applaud Ryan Andresen for coming out and living authentically. He will be a better and stronger man as a result of being open and honest with himself. By the actions that he has taken he has demonstrated far more awareness and firm-fitting about how to live life than those who are now denying him the award he has earned.
Ryan Andresen had recently completed the requirements to earning his Eagle Scout award, including his final project of building a “tolerance wall” for victims of bullying like himself, but his Scoutmaster would not sign off on honoring him with the Boy Scouts’ highest ranking because he is gay, his mother said.
And late Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement that because of Andresen’s sexual orientation and that he did not agree to Scouting’s principle of “Duty to God,” “he is no longer eligible for membership in Scouting.” But the family on Friday disputed that, saying the only reason Andresen was denied the rank is “because the Boy Scouts of America has a problem with Ryan being gay.”