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Boy Scouts Send Out Slanted Survey Asking if Antigay Ban Should be Lifted

Boy Scouts Send Out Slanted Survey Asking if Antigay Ban Should be Lifted

by Karen Ocamb on March 12, 2013

The Dallas Voice published a survey Monday that the beleaguered Boy Scouts of America sent out Sunday to ostensibly seek opinions about whether the religious-based, officially anti-gay organization should lift their antiquated ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders;

“The Boy Scouts of America is in the process of a careful and deliberate review of our membership policy, as it relates to the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” the BSA wrote in an email announcing the survey. “We are dedicated to the integrity of this process. In an effort to listen to our members’ perspectives and concerns, we ask you to answer some questions about this topic and about your overall Scouting experiences.”

The gay newspaper reports that BSA’s national council is expected to vote during its annual meeting in Grapevine in May. But to some cynics, it appears that the questions themselves suggest the desired response:

 

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Bose in St. Peter MN March 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

The BSA polling its members sounded like a potentially reasonable thing to do, but the actual poll flips it to infuriating and disgusting. No matter what the results, they will be easy to twist and manipulate to support ugly discriminatory policies.

It’s particularly heinous that it asks whether a 15-y/o kid should be treated like a sex offender and an immediate threat to his fellow scouts if he’s not straight.

As a web developer, I wish I had more detail on who the BSA hired to run the online survey and how rigorous and secure the process is. Does the BSA really have a secure, timely, well-maintained list of 1.1 million email addresses of current scout parents, or is it bloated with parents of now-adult scouts, staffers at chartering orgs, and donors? Do parents of multiple scouts get multiple votes? How is the submission process secured?

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Karen Ocamb March 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Really good question. I’ll onpass to the editor at the Dallas Voice which broke and is following the story. Thanks much!

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