"We support the Boy Scouts of America and reject any attempt to undermine or fundamentally change the ideals of the organization."
Now, the Texas Republican Party Platform does not mention by name any other youth organization: not the Girl Scouts, with their 100-year history of tolerance and inclusion ... not Campfire, not 4-H....no others at all - just the Boy Scouts. What might be so special about the Boy Scouts that it needed a specific mention in the 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform?
Could it be the policy of the Boy Scouts of America of "not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals"? Bingo. We have a winner.
I'm sure that the Boy Scouts and the Texas Republicans will be very happy together.
I would be sad if I had a boy and could not have him be a Scout because there are so many wonderful things about Scouting. I would no more let a son of mine participate in Boy Scouts than I would let him participate in an otherwise wonderful youth program run by the KKK, though. I draw the line at bigotry. I'm glad there are so many upstanding youth organizations in America that, unlike the Boy Scouts, do not teach hate.
In my book, hate is not a family value.