Boy Scouts Earn Hypocrisy Badge
In an attempt to compromise, Boy Scouts of America has proposed allowing gay children to participate, while continuing the ban against gay adult scoutleaders.
It’s true. Boy Scouts of America has decided to show they are fair and concerned by letting gay kids in while not allowing in any gay adults. Presumably because these adults would influence or otherwise support those kids. Hogwash, says the Boy Scouts of America. You can spend tons of money, time, and effort participating, but if you are still gay at age eighteen, all that work is for nothing. It’s creating a divide that children understand just fine: we’ll take your money but you have to act like we say. Gee, who does that sound like? Speaking of religion, Time points out that some of the major supporters for BSA are conservative religious organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church and several Baptist franchises.
Now it’s starting to make sense. The Boy Scouts of America has been bought and paid for, and they cannot upset the sponsors.
The bad news is, so many kids will be unnecessarily affected by this. Whether they are gay, their parents are gay, or they are just raised to believe that people are equal, kids deserve better than a group of bigots who discriminate and mistreat based on something that is none of their business. There are no statistics that show gay scout leaders would be any more likely to harm children. There has been no logical argument that shows why discriminating is a good idea. I am troubled by repeated reference to “openly gay” as somehow worse, as though a healthy dose of shame or hiding lessens their imaginary crime. The Boy Scouts of America hates gays, and that is all there is to it. And by dragging religion into it, they are using faith to exclude, harm, and discriminate, thus introducing a second disgrace to this already sad story.
If I had a gay child, I’d love and teach him or her to be proud. I can also say there is no way in hell I would let that child near the BSA for years to come. Even if this decision was reversed or amended to make sense, there is no way I would sacrifice a child I love to teach tolerance and understanding. I would not have them fight such an uphill battle for the privilege of tying knots and appreciating nature. The Boy Scouts of American can discriminate legally because of how they are structured. But like my wise father often said, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The BSA teaches leadership, integrity and honor . . . as long as the everybody fits in. Otherwise, too bad for them, the BSA can’t be bothered with someone different. That would require a display of leadership, integrity and oh, now I get it.