Some performers are ask not to perform in places that oppose all gay issues. Tim Tebow was ask not to speak at FBC Dallas. The two performers below were ask not to perform at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scout Jamboree, citing her opposition to the organization’s policies against gay scouts and scout leaders.
If a group does not hold your personal position then are you not to show up? I would not watch some of the TV shows I do if that was true. I would say 99% of the TV shows I sometimes watch, have views that I would disagree with. I don’t agree with the position of many, most of the sports professional teams on issues, so do I not attend?
Do I not attend churches who have different views than I do? I remember saying years ago, I would not preach in a church that had different views than I do. Of course all churches have different views.
ALL I AM SAYING, WE LIVE IN AMERICA DO WE NOT? WHILE I MAY NOT AGREE WITH ONE’S POSITION, AND IT MAY BE BIBLICAL WRONG, I SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY OWN OPINION, WITH MEEKNESS AND LOVE.
I read this on a website today:
“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen refuses to attend or perform at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scout Jamboree, citing her opposition to the organization’s policies against gay scouts and scout leaders.
Jepsen — who backed out Tuesday after the band Train did the same on Friday — provided her reasoning in a series of tweets (see below)
Both performers were the subject of an online Change.org petition, which was written by a former Scout leader. He asked them to step down from their Jamboree headlining duties
The petition was updated Tuesday with this new message after Jespen backed out:
A fierce debate over gay rights has gripped the Boy Scouts of America’s Facebook profile as its leaders meet this week to decide whether to reverse their ban on gay members.
More than 4,000 replies have been sent in response to the Scouts’ latest Facebook post — a simple message providing contact details for those who want to have their voice heard regarding the organization’s vote.
The debate over whether to change that policy centers around a struggle between religious teachings and discrimination based on sexual preference.
Religion has long been at the core of the Boy Scouts of America, with more than two-thirds of Scouting groups affiliated with a religious body of some kind. Many of the Scout-affiliated religions teach that homosexuality is a sin, causing a hesitancy to allow gay members.
However, LGBT groups, some Scout members and affiliated churches think it’s time to open the doors of membership to all, regardless of sexual preference.
The Facebook replies range from well-reasoned arguments to borderline hate speech from both sides of the debate.
“I think everyone should have the chance to take part in Scouting,” wrote Marie Mullins. “I support an end to the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.”
“LGBT, Stop infringing on others rights,” wrote Connie Lopez. “There are many who like this organization the way it is. If you don’t like it, don’t join. There are other clubs to join I’m sure.”
“Banning someone just because of their sexual orientation is wrong,” wrote Eugene Ramirez. “It’s not about the ‘gay agenda’ it’s about equality and supporting inclusion of any person. If they were considering allowing White people who were banned, or Black people who were banned, or fat people, or old people, or disabled people..I’D BE JUST AS SUPPORTIVE [sic].”
“If you do not like the way people do things then go else were,” wrote Bernie Standiford. “If we dont want ot be gay…and we dont want to hang out with gays we dont go to a gay bar… if you dont want to be straight then keep going to the gay bars. But you trying to force your ways on folks will not work, it is by choice not a race ro a sickness [sic].”
“We do not have to change and cave to this pressure,” wrote Dan Bailey. “Only the boys will suffer in the long run. If you look at the Youth Protection training online, it clearly shows man touching a boy inappropriately, and we all should agree that this is wrong. Why increase the chances that this will happen to your son?”
The Scouts are expected to announce a decision on the ban Wednesday, per NBC News.
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