Morally Straight: Why the Boy Scout Bans Homosexuals sheds light on
the unique history of an American organization that has touched the
lives of millions of boys. Through tracing the organization's
history in key areas, including sexuality, and membership
demography, Basham uncovers key factors which led the Boy Scouts to
exclude homosexuals. The author also uses his two decades of
experience as a member of the organization to enhance his study. By
linking the history of the Boy Scouts to various periods of United
States history the reader is afforded a glimpse of how the
organization has evolved from an obscure movement to an American
institution, and into the increasingly marginalized organization it
is today. The evolution of the organization's attitude towards
sexuality is also vibrantly recounted. This book investigates the
most difficult issue confronting a beloved organization, and shows
that the reason controversy exists lies buried in the movement's
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