The Thinking 

The Wonderfully Retrograde Boy Scouts

July 20, 2012


HERE is an editorial by the mendacious, corrupt, child-hating New York Times on the affirmation this week by the Boy Scouts of America of its longstanding policy of excluding homosexuals as pack leaders or scouts. The headline is “The Boy Scouts 19th Century Decision,” as if the nineteenth century is somehow by definition detestable. (This implies that much of what we do is execrable. Do you own property? Do you read newspapers? Repent, those are nineteenth century things to do.)

Here it is, with comments inserted:

It is impossible to square the Boy Scouts of America’s values of openness, strong moral character and leadership with its announcement this week that reaffirmed a retrograde policy of barring gay boys from membership and gay or lesbian adults from serving as leaders. [So what if the policy is “retrograde?” Building roads is retrograde. Fighting fires is retrograde. Many of our laws are retrograde. And, since when has homosexuality been linked with strong moral character? Name a single strong moral leader who was openly homosexual.]

Based on the recommendation of a secret 11-member committee, the policy is at odds with the nation’s diminishing acceptance of antigay discrimination and is destined to hurt many young people and their families. [The meeting was not secret; it was private, just like the board meetings of the mendacious, child-hating New York Times.] It compounds the dilemma faced by parents who welcome the positive community service and outdoor experiences that the Boy Scouts offer, but are repelled by discrimination. [They are perfectly free to go elsewhere or to start their own boys organization.]

A dozen years ago, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that as a private organization, the Boy Scouts may exclude gay members even though it may conflict with a state’s anti-discrimination laws. [Good decision.]

The Boy Scouts are, indeed, a private organization, but there is a public interest in its decisions. [In other words, there is no such thing as a private sphere. Every organization, every activity is potentially public and therefore organizations are not entitled to reflect their own values. This is an argument for tyranny.] The organization boasts on its Web site that it has a charter from Congress and that every president since William Howard Taft has served as its honorary chairman. [And the majority of those presidents would support the Boy Scouts decision.] That now puts the government in the untenable position of implicitly endorsing the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts. [Excellent. The government should discriminate against homosexuality.]

President Obama, who has shown a real commitment to combating the unfair treatment of gay people, should respond by ending the group’s prestigious tie to the White House. His doing so is unlikely, unfortunately. Congress should also sever its tie, but that is even more unlikely. [Yes, the Boy Scouts should sever its connection with the U.S. government in order to preserve its integrity.]

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said in a debate with Senator Edward Kennedy in 1994 that he believes the Boy Scouts should be open to all, “regardless of their sexual orientation.” If he still believes that, this would be a good time to say so. [Mitt Romney is a major disappointment.]

                                       —- Comments —-

Sunshine Mary writes:

The Boy Scouts may be retrograde, but the Girls Scouts have become too dreadful to contemplate. Your readers might recall this news item about the Girl Scouts from 2010:
The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” The event was part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which concludes this week. The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”
Additionally, the Girl Scouts in various states have partnerships with Planned Parenthood.
Some of your readers may be interested in the American Heritage Girls, which is a Christian alternative to the Girl Scouts. According to their website, the American Heritage Girls and the Boy Scouts of America signed a Memorandum of Mutual Support in June of 2009.
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