Gay Scouts and Straight Leaders
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The Boy Scouts of America will now allow openly gay members, but only until they reach the age of 18. We hear how last week's compromise reflects conflicts between religious groups, the values of corporate America and the traditions of Scouting itself. Also, Europe steps toward arming Syrian rebels. But Russia pushes back. On Reporters Notebook, will wrestling get a reprieve from the International Olympic Committee?
Banner image: The statue of a scout stands in the entrance to Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. Photo Tim Sharp/Reuters
Europe Steps Toward Arming Syrian Rebels; Russia Pushes Back ()
Yesterday, the European Union failed to extend its embargo on arms for Syrian rebels. Today, Russia says that endangers the prospects for a peace conference backed by that country and by the United States. Ellen Barry is Moscow Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Gay Scouts and Straight Leaders ()
The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is a private group with the right to prohibit gay members. That was 13 years ago. Last week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America itself voted by 60% to endorse what's widely described as "an awkward compromise." Openly gay boys will be allowed officially for the first time. But when they turn 18, the traditional ban on homosexuality will prohibit further involvement. Is there a conflict between official discrimination and the values of Scouting? Will one of America's major youth groups — with 100 years of history -- stay together or split apart?
- Jay Mechling: University of California, Davis
- Jonathan Saenz: Texas Values, @JonathansaenzLI
- Alan Snyder: Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America
- Robin Bossert: The Navigators USA
Wrestling Fights for a Spot in 2020 Olympics ()
The US, Iran and Russia have major differences, but they agree on one thing. Wrestling — a sport that dates back to ancient Greek tournaments that started it all — should be restored to the Olympic Games. In February, the International Olympic Committee stunned traditionalists and dropped wrestling from the summer games of 2020. Now it's one of eight sports vying for a single opening that still remains. Bryce Miller, sports columnist for the Des Moines Register, is creator of the series, "Wrestling's Olympic Fight."
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