[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369869682&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4076891&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369869682 type=script]TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — The recent decision to allow openly gay boys to participate in Boy Scouts of America is causing major controversy.
Trussville attorney and former Eagle Scout Bill Bright is making a dramatic gesture.
“The badge is not worth today what it was a week ago,” Bright says.
He’s writing a letter to the Boy Scouts of America and giving back his Eagle Scout badge in protest of the inclusion of openly gay boys.
He takes issue with the term “openly gay.”
“That means participating in that kind of lifestyle,” Bright says, “At least the way I understand it.”
Pastor Brandon Harris understands it differently. He, too, is an Eagle Scout and is still proud to claim the title.
“It says nothing about ‘a scout is gay’ or ‘a scout is attracted to men’ or ‘a scout is attracted to women,’” Harris says. “I would hope that we would be able to cultivate courteousness and obedience among any scout, no matter what their orientation is.”
Pastor Harris says the ideals of scouting like kindness and bravery transcend sexual orientation.
Bright isn’t convinced.
“I don’t think you can force gay people on young boys under any circumstances,” Bright says. “There’s nothing you can tell me that’s gonna make it right.”
The change in policy will take effect January 1, 2014.