To anyone who will listen at the Boy Scouts of America:
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America chose to continue a ban excluding homosexuals. For the reasons outlined below, I hereby renounce my Eagle Scout award, effective as long as this ban stands. Additionally, I will not enroll my son in scouting as long as this ban stands.
As a rule, I do not reward discriminatory organizations with my time and money. This is normally a simple matter of deciding how to invest my resources. While this situation is far more personal and disappointing to me, it is no different. I cannot, in good conscience, support an organization that teaches one set of values and then refuses to practice them. This ban defies the lessons of fairness and justice that permeated my life as a Boy Scout, lessons you would do well to review for yourselves.
My achievements in scouting are my own. I earned them by working hard and with the help of my family, troop leaders and fellow scouts. Like many others, I have proudly listed my Eagle Scout award among my personal triumphs on job applications, resumés and on social networking sites. While your decision does not invalidate my achievement, it does tarnish my good name when I identify myself as an Eagle Scout. By associating myself with your organization, I associate myself with bigotry. I will no longer do this.
Eighteen months ago, I became a father. When I found out that I was having a boy, I immediately started thinking about my son's inevitable scouting journey, a journey we would share. I reflected on the journey that my father and I shared. I still look forward to these times, and would have hoped they would happen in a scouting troop. I can see that may no longer happen, and that is most unfortunate.
Scouting taught me to honor my conscience. Ironically, it is this lesson that will alienate not just me, but many other people just like me. I take no pleasure in this choice. Today is a sad day for me. However, the Scout Law tells me that a scout is brave. I am calling on Eagle Scouts everywhere to join me, to search their souls for that bravery and to do what they believe is right.
We are the Eagles, but we cannot soar in skies darkened by hatred. You must reconsider this decision. Only then can we fly again.
Mentally awake and morally straight,
Sam Houston Area Council