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The folks in Montpelier, Vermont will have to find someone else to pick up trash after their Fourth of July Parade. It seems the Boy Scouts won’t be volunteering this year. And they won’t be selling bottled water either.
The Boy Scouts bowed out after city council members criticized the group’s ban on gay adult leaders. The council initially tabled a request for the scouts to participate. Instead, they wanted the children and their leaders to attend another council meeting where they could debate the scout’s ban on gay adult leaders.
Councilman Thierry Guerlain told The Times Argus he did not want a group that openly discriminates against gays selling water at the town’s parade – even if it meant banning local Boy Scouts from selling bottled water.
So instead of getting bullied by the town council – the scouts decided to withdraw from the parade.
“We’re going to steer clear of Montpelier for a while,” Scout volunteer Leslie Sanborn told the newspaper. “It’s left a very bad taste in our mouths.”
As you might imagine – town folk are pretty upset at how their elected leaders treated the scouts. A group that donated safety vests and cones for the parade pulled its support – citing the city’s treatment of the Boy Scouts.
Ed McCollin, the man in charge of the Vermont chapter of the Boy Scouts, told the newspaper that parents just didn’t feel comfortable putting their kids in the middle of a debate about national scouting policies.
Councilman Guerlain lashed out at the children and their leaders for refusing participate.
“They went from teaching the boys discrimination to also teaching them spite,” he told the newspaper. “I’m surprised that we’re even discussing the fact that it’s more important to get trash picked up conveniently by the Boy Scouts than to respect the civil rights of lesbian and gay parents who are disinvited from the Boy Scouts.”
Sanborn said it was pretty apparent the town council had an agenda – and they were using the boys to further that agenda.
“We felt rejected,” she told the newspaper. “We will not go where we’re not wanted.”
This is what tolerance and diversity looks like, folks. If you oppose the LGBT agenda, you’re not even worthy enough to pick up trash alongside a highway.
I hope the city council members show up at tomorrow’s parade with some extra-large trash bags. It appears Montpelier has more than its share of garbage.