Is the BSA Being as Bad as Racists? Judging the BSA's Antigay Policy

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This chapter argues that the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) policy is, in pertinent ways, the moral equivalent of racial discrimination. It begins by identifying what is essentially morally malignant about racism: the stigmatizing of people as intrinsically inferior. Next, it demonstrates that some, but not all, objections to homosexuality do the same thing and are similarly malignant. Finally, it shows that the BSA's policy falls within this malign category of antigay positions.


Boy Scouts of America, racial discrimination, discriminatory policy, antigay, racism

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A Right to Discriminate? How the Case of Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale Warped the Law of Free Association