The NYT ran a story today that puts the lie (again!) to all the surface, meaningless, cosmetic moves the Boy Scouts of America have been making to try to overcome the PR penalties of being the sexist, homophobic, theocratic organization they are at their core.
The Cub Scouts (get ’em young!) den in Broomfield, CO heard 11 year-old member Ames Mayfield ask visiting State Senator Vicki Marble,
“I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun,” Ames said in a question that took more than two minutes. He continued, “Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”
So they kicked him out of the chapter.
Let that sink in a bit. They kicked him out.
How’s that for a bizarre manifestation of the 100% legitimate observation President Obama made about clinging to guns and religion? Search carefully in the Boy Scouts charter or creed or whatever-the-f* they claim is their guiding principle that the most radical positions of the NRA are inviolable. I doubt you will find it.
So their supposed reversal-not-reversal on gay scouts or leaders does not impress me. Their new idea to compete with the Girl Scouts (a genuinely humane and progressive organization) by admitting girls does not impress me. In case it might still be a little ambiguous: not only will I never, ever support any activity that supports the Boy Scouts, I will actively oppose any such activity.