63% of US adults agree with Scouts for Equality. Why do we care what people think of scouting if they are not participating, and they don't plan on participating one way or the other? I've been thinking about this a lot. I've come up with an answer. The Boy Scouts of America is an iconic institution in America. Scout has come to be synonymous with honesty and integrity. I will use film as one example. I love movies. When the bad guy wants to make fun of the good guy for being so inflexible in his morality, he ridicules him by calling him a boy scout. Scouting has come to belong to all Americans. What we do reflects on our entire country. And so when we do something that most Americans feel is "unAmerican," they are entitled to their unease. We have a duty to our country as an organization to represent them well.
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