After two long years of “examining” the implications of treating homosexuals like people, the Boy Scouts of America has decided they still want no part of it.
The BSA has reaffirmed its commitment to religiously based bigotry (they ban atheists and agnostics, too) and will continue to reject any openly gay parents or scouts for leadership roles:
Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed.
National spokesman, Deron Smith told the press that this “is absolutely the best policy” for the organization. In a tidy bit of sophistry, Bob Mazzuca, the chief executive of BSA claimed overwhelming support from the parents and adult leaders:
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Mazzuca said. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
Of course, the Scouts’ policy of overt discrimination would have chased away many families that do not believe in such bigotry. This is like conducting a survey at a Klan rally and being shocked to discover that black folk ain’t popular round these here parts.
Hoping the controversy would be put behind them, the identities of the committee have not been revealed but the Scouts have claimed it represented “a diversity of perspectives and opinions.” Considering the vote was unanimous to treat homosexuality as immoral, this does seem to be a particularly true statement. Further, the BSoA is refusing to release the details of the debate to the public because nothing says “being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country’s good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country” then a total lack of accountability to the public.
The Boy Scouts was an institution that represented what was best about America: loyalty, devotion to country, treating other with respect. Somewhere along the way, it made religion more important that America. Now it only represents a past best left behind.
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