June 4, 2015
I wonder why Jewish religious leaders would be encouraging policies which will very obviously lead to homosexual exploitation of boys?
Some questions we will never know the answer to.
A Jewish religious leader has asked the Boy Scouts of America to change its national policy to include gay adults, as well as transgender youth.
“All people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, are created B’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27), and thus have a place in our communities,” Rabbi Jonah Pesner said in his recent letter to BSA National President Robert Gates.
The BSA should now accept gay adults, because when it accepts youth but not adults, it “is telling its gay scouts that they are not meant to be leaders,” said Rabbi Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
He urged the BSA to specifically welcome transgender boys “to serve as scouts and leaders” — such youth can offer support for transgender youth, who face high levels of bullying, discrimination, harassment and suicide.
Rabbi Pesner further asked the BSA to make inclusiveness the national policy, and not leave leadership standards to local councils or troops, as Mr. Gates said in May.
“It would be troubling if the national ban on gay scout leaders is lifted, yet individual troops are permitted to discriminate,” wrote Rabbi Pesner, noting that many of the 900 Union for Reform Judaism congregations would be willing to reengage in BSA activities if bans were lifted.