Eagle Scouts Send Their Medals Back to Texas in Protest

The Boy Scouts of America's highest-achieving members are staging a revolt to protest the group's policy of excluding gays. Your move, Spielberg.

Only two percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. It's a lot of work: you can only earn an Eagle Scout medal and badge after some twenty other merit badges and an ambitious community service project. Those who collect these silver eagles dangling from a red, white, and blue ribbon enjoy advantages, both spoken and unspoken: college scholarships or perhaps a resume that rises to the top of the pile. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the treasured prize, but there's a movement afoot to send them back to Boy Scouts HQ in protest.

Last Thursday, Martin Cizmar of Williamette, Oregon penned a letter to the Scout bosses in Irving Texas to voice his vehement opposition to their policy banning gay scouts and scout leaders. The Scouts early last week had officially reaffirmed their position after "a confidential two year review," a position that has remained controversial since the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld it in 2000. Cizmar's letter pinballed around social media, where I read it. It says, in part:

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