This is a comment by Kaleb Blake on the post “Eagle Scouts Returning Their Badges for LGBT Equality“.
“I was a Scout in late elementary and early middle school. I dropped out because I thought it was lame and I didn’t really like being outdoors much. That being said, I’ll be the first to admit that the troop leaders, parents, and other Scouts are among some of the caring and involved community leaders I have every met. Ever.
“Scouts is about community, challenge, leadership and teamwork. My best friend got his Eagle at 17 and I was never more proud of him. No one I know (my friend, the Scouts I knew, our troop leader, or the parents) would condone of this BSA bigotry.
“It breaks my heart to see so many people having to give up their badges to make their point. As a member of the LGBT community and a one-time Scout, I couldn’t express my gratitude enough because I know firsthand the extent of years, patience, and perseverance it takes to reach Eagle. It’s such a tough place to be in when you feel like you have to give that honor up to defend a higher moral standing. I wouldn’t blame anyone for having a difficult time deciding whether or not to give up their badge and I certainly cannot pass judgment.”
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