Something happened a few days ago that still has me fuming on the inside. Tobei actually had someone tell him that how dare we enroll our son in Scouts Canada.
It was a beautiful day for a soccer tournament. While Little Brother and I stayed home Tobei headed off to the soccer field with Big Brother for a morning full of fun and games. The tournament was the marker for the end of the season. So parents are hanging around talking about their plans for their kids now that soccer is over.
We had just enrolled Big Brother in Scouts Canada a few days prior. Tobei says this to the other parents and OMG you would think he had said something so offensive he should be stoned to death. FIVE soccer moms swarmed him to take it upon themselves to tell him how dare we sign our kid up for Scouts Canada.
Some Parent – You know they let gays in.
Tobei – So
Some Parent – Well they go on camping trips and sleepovers
Tobei – So
Some Parent – How can you let your child do that with gay people?
It is no secret that we fully support gay rights. So Tobei patiently yet firmly told this woman to go stand over there while he stood over here and not to come near him again. I must say he handled it much better than I would.
I remember a few years ago Boy Scouts of America had said they did not let gays into their organization. I was so disguested that I swore I would never put my son in Scouts. As much as I want him to have the scouting experience I will not support an organization that is so firmly against something I fully support.
After some searching and talking to a Scouts Canada leader I found out that Scouts Canada DOES allow gay leaders and gay scouters into their organization. This is the ONLY reason my son is now signed up to start Beavers with them in the fall.
I am disgusted and ashamed that their are still such hateful people out there. People who have the nerve to tell us how dare we put our kids in Scouts Canada because they are so closed minded. Being gay does NOT mean someone will do wrong to your child. Open your eyes and stop discriminating if you really want a chance to protect your kids and stop hating on the gays.