The Boy Scouts announced that they’re considering ENDING the longstanding ban on gay Scouts and leaders.
The question is: Will they only hear from “religious” voices advancing discrimination cloaked in scripture, or will we drown out the hate with our call for acceptance, love, and inclusion?
It's why Minister Patrick Heery – an Eagle Scout, a Christian, and a Presbyterian minister – started a petition on the Groundswell platform for people of faith to call on the Boy Scouts of America to end the ban on gay, bisexual, and transgender scouts.
Being a Boy Scout transformed Patrick – here's his moving story:
From the years 1996–2003, I joined a hundred or so other scouts every Tuesday evening in a Cincinnati, Ohio, church basement: the same church that had baptized me. After six years of speech therapy and bullying, I was extremely quiet when I first started Scouting. And yet it was my Scoutmaster who encouraged me to become the Chaplain's Aide.
And it was my Scoutmaster who, after I nervously gave a public prayer before Scout campers and their families, told me how well I had spoken and what courage it took to speak before so many people—a moment that, unbeknownst to me, would be the beginning of my calling to ministry. No one had ever praised me for speaking before. No one had ever called me brave before.
Everything Patrick learned as a Boy Scout – about community, inclusion, and rejecting prejudice – empowered him to lift his voice today to say:
There is no way for us to be true to our oath as Boy Scouts without affirming the dignity and inclusion of all God's children.
Let's make sure the Boy Scouts hear our call to lift the ban before they make their decision.
This is our chance to ensure future generations of children know they will be accepted and included – no matter who they love.
Today, I have exciting news to share: On Monday, Misael was granted a 6-month stay of removal. This protects him from deportation for six months and allows him to resume his life and work.
Very late last night, because of a problem with the lethal injection drug, Kelly's execution was postponed. And now, all planned executions in Georgia have been temporarily postponed.  This is incredibly important. Brian Terrell was scheduled to be executed in Georgia one week from today. Wow. You helped make this happen!
As people of faith, we believe in the power of forgiveness, mercy, and transformation. Yet despite the testimony of numerous clergy, theology professors, and her two children pleading for their mothers’ life, the Board of Pardons and Paroles condemned Kelly to death.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify the Internet as a public utility, as essential as water and electricity, and adopted strong protections to keep the Internet open and free for this and future generations.
Right now the Internet is under attack, and I'm in the fight to save it. There's a big vote this Thursday and if people like us speak up now, we can make the moral case for why we need a free and open Internet.
After living in Sanctuary for 58 days in Philadelphia, Angela was granted a stay of deportation by our local ICE director.1 Now, she’s using her freedom to make sure no one in Sanctuary is left behind.