The following statement was released by Boy Scouts of America, in regard to a Portland man's protest of the Boy Scouts' Christmas tree recycling program in Laurelhurst due to gay rights complaints:
The BSA recognizes that some do not agree with its position on this single issue, but values the freedom of everyone to express their opinion and teaches its members to use courtesy and respect at all times. To disagree does not mean to disrespect.
One of our greatest strengths as a nation is that we can disagree on a variety of issues while agreeing to support a common good.
The BSA believes that its youth program is not the appropriate forum in which to discuss issues of sexuality.
The BSA will continue to strengthen common interests, while respecting differences, and will focus on its mission and on reaching as many youth as possible in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens.
We change lives by mobilizing resources to build character, leadership, and life skills in youth.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA