Last week, the Boy Scouts of America upheld its ban on gay members in the organization and this week, actor George Takei, a former Eagle Scout, replied to that announcement.
In a new column, Takei expressed his disgust with the ruling and vowed to fight the ban.
“The words that comprise the motto of the Boy Scouts of America are words I revered as a teenager,” said Takei. “I was a member of Troop 379 and treasure my memories of being part of that institution. But an ugly blemish remains on the BSA which I and others are determined to see removed.
“These policies by the BSA reinforce that gay people are unfit to be part of this national organization because of who they are. They perpetuate the irresponsible and unsupportable stereotype that gay people prey upon children. And they must be met with staunch resistance until they fall.”
Takei acknowledged that the Boy Scouts of America are a private organization and “as such should be able to keep whomever they want out,” but said that “This is of course the same justification used to prevent minorities from eating in restaurants during the Jim Crow years. And where an organization as revered and national in scope as the Scouts maintains and defends such a policy, it sends the wrong message to our youth, many of whom already are struggling with their own sexual identity–an identity which has nothing whatsoever to do with their ‘morality,’ but everything to do with their self-esteem and happiness. I believe should be revisited–I and others have the same ‘legal’ right to protest the policy, till our last breaths if necessary, as blatantly discriminatory and against everything that equality in America stands for.”
The actor vowed to continue to fight the ban. “I, along with Jennifer, Eric and the folks at GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) will not stop fighting until the ban is overturned, if not in court, then in the court of public opinion. Progress is not measured in days or months or even years, but in the slow and inevitable turn towards equality for all people irrespective of inherent differences which frankly in this day and age, SHOULD. NOT. MATTER.”