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Update: Local Scout Leader Denies Eagle Badge for Andresen

An official of the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council denied the Eagle Board of Review's recommendation to approve the badge, according to KTVU.

The joy was short-lived in the Andresen home Tuesday as a scout official from the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council denied a recommendation from the Eagle Board of Review to approve the Eagle Scout badge for Moraga teen Ryan Andresen, and refused to send the endorsement to national scout officials.

According to KTVU, John Fenoglio, staff executive at the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, said Tuesday that he would not approve the board's recommendation, or send it on to the national office.

A scout official said later that Andresen does not qualify for the badge because he rejects God, a charge Andresen's father disputes.

Andresen and his family thought they had moved one step closer to getting his Eagle Scout badge, despite the fact that it was denied in October because Andresen is gay.

That denial, first reported on Lamorinda Patch, sparked a national controversy, landing Andresen and his mother on talk shows and national news. He also received support from local and national politicians, including U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 32 California state legislators. Nearly 500,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Boy Scouts of America to grant Andresen his Eagle Scout badge and overturn the policy prohibiting gays from belonging to the Boy Scouts.

On Dec. 31, local scout leaders agreed to submit Andresen’s request to an Eagle Board of Review. They had recommended approval of the badge to the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, which is headquartered in Pleasant Hill.

“I’m just so incredibly happy for Ryan,” said his mother Karen Andresen before the rejection. “He’s worked so hard for this honor, and as a mother, it means the world to me to know that our local Scouting community believes in him, too. Regardless of what the BSA’s National Advancement Team decides to do with his application, this victory makes it all worth it and gives me so much hope for the future of the organization.”

Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop January 15, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Under what the BSa calls their 'Hispanic Initiative', it says, among other things, "the Boy Scouts of America has demonstrated its commitment to a progressive and innovative strategy,..." If you read between the lines, two things are apparent: they make Hispanics (not, Mexican, etc.-Americans) sound like a sub-species and they need the money and are thus willing to actually recruit these young Americans. These folks cannot get out of their own way.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop January 16, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Gosh Josh, Me thinks you doth protest too much! And, according to the CDC, the fastest growing contributing group to new HIV/AIDS cases is Heterosexual males. And new cases, in general, have been declining. The common profile of the 'pedophile' has little in common with homosexuality. Your lack of understanding in this regard is monumental and embarrassing.
Emily Henry January 16, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Thank you, Aubrey. There has been some inspiring and informed debate on this issue. It's unfortunate that there are those who can speak only in insults, but thankfully they are few. If you see a comment that is inappropriate, you can click "flag for removal." It doesn't remove the comment immediately, but if a few people flag it then it should disappear. In the mean time I will keep monitoring as best I can!
Nancy Rieser January 16, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Children are more likely to be raped by their own heterosexual relatives (or within their family circle in some way - like mom's boyfriend) than a gay from the community. So what gives, Josh? Just in case anyone needs to brush up on any of the anti-gay mythology, here is a nice "top ten" list from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an agency that knows all about entrenched "isms": http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/10-myths
Claire January 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Some people hate Jews too!

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