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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials: Boy Scouts and gays ...

- Being unprepared: Scouts’ gay policy a disappointment - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America really only have one reason for holding on to their policy excluding openly homosexual people from participating in their organization as members, leaders or volunteers. And it is all the reason they need.

They want to.

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As a private organization, unaffiliated with any government agency, not funded by any tax-collecting entity, the Scouts have every right to accept and reject as members anyone they want. They do not have to have any legal, logical, moral or ethical stance underpinning their decision. The U.S. Supreme Court, quite reasonably, said so in 2000.

That doesn’t mean that the decision, announced Tuesday after a two-year review by members of a previously secret — and still anonymous — committee, isn’t a huge disappointment. [Read the rest ...]

- Utah’s LGBT community disappointed in Scouts’ ban on gays - The Salt Lake Tribune

- Badge of dishonor for the Boy Scouts - Denver Post Editorial

While the organization is within its rights to ban gays, it is disappointing that it continues to do so.

- Fearful Boy Scouts send a message of exclusion - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

... The Boy Scouts, admirable in many ways, is led by people who don't always make admirable decisions. ...

- Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policy against gays must go - Kansas City Star Editorial

... The suggestion is that the Boy Scouts are worried that impressionable young people might drift toward tolerance should they become friendly with a gay Scout at a campout or club meeting. ...

- Boy Scouts of America perpetuate lies about gays - Newsday Editorial

... The Boy Scouts is a strong organization that aims to help boys mature and become leaders, but it should not be instilling the lie that hate and intolerance are acceptable.

- Boy Scouts to America's kids: If you're gay, stay away - Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Editorial

... In an age in which gay kids are being targeted by bullies and repeatedly tormented to the point of suicide, we've decided that the sponsorship of the Mormon and Catholic churches presents a more sustainable, financially sound business model than admitting a bunch of unpopular outcasts. ...

- Boy Scouts' gay policy is disappointing - Harrisburg (Penn.) Patriot-News Editorial

... This could have been an important moment for the Boy Scouts of American, a time to show and teach tolerance and respect for others. After all, that, too, is as American as a Rockwell painting.



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