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The Boy Scouts of America helped end discrimination against both blacks and Jews. That made it one of America's most beloved organizations. But the Scouts still ban boys and leaders who are gay. That's cost it dearly in both membership and sponsoring organizations. Next week, the national council in Plano, Texas may tell cub packs and scout troops that their sponsors — churches, rotary clubs and others -- can make membership rules on their own. What will that mean in Southern California? With a growing host of competitors for young people's time, can scouting ever regain the national influence it once had? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, cabinet nominee chuck Hagel gets a grilling from former colleagues in the US Senate.

Banner photo by Richard Elzey

Producers:
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg
Anna Scott

Main Topic Can the Boy Scouts Stage a Revival by Ending the Ban on Gays?

The Boy Scouts of America still bans gay boys and gay leaders, but next week, the national council in Plano, Texas may tell the cub packs and scout troops their sponsors can make membership policy on their own. Anybody’s invited to call 972-580-2330 and say whether you're for against the change.

Guests:
Tim Walker, Boy Scouts of America (formerly)
Glenn Cote, Cub Scouts
Gloria Goodale, Christian Science Monitor (@Gcgoodale)

A Right to Discriminate?

Tobias Barrington Wolff, A. Koppelman Andrew Koppelman

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