Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay scouts, still banning adult leaders
On Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America finally got hip to the 21st Century and voted to lift the ban on admitting openly gay scouts, while voting to keep the ban on gay leaders. Also atheists. No atheists in the scouts still.
America, for the most part, kind of just shrugged.
At this point, let’s face it: It’s a little like cheering on a country club for letting in black people while still banning Jewish people or something, isn’t it? Sure, it’s a step in the right direction, but also it’s a little late in the game.
Still, at the same time, it’s great news for the kids who want to be allowed to be themselves and still continue scouting. I don’t personally understand the whole scouting thing, but I know it’s something that people feel really importantly about, and that the Eagle Scout thing is a super big deal and looks great on a resume.
Yet, there are still some out there who have some sort of weird problem with it, basically because they are sad Archie Bunkers shaking their withered little fists and wishing for a man like Herbert Hoover again. Non-sexually, of course.
Good ol’ Rick Perry for instance said “While I will always cherish my time as a Scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision.” Because obviously it is very hard to learn life lessons and fishing when there are people who don’t share your sexual preference hanging around.
Frank Page, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention stated “We are deeply saddened. Homosexual behavior is incompatible with the principles enshrined in the Scout oath and Scout law.”
The Scout oath requires trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,brave, clean, and reverent. It does not seem to require anyone to be a weirdo bigot. If they really do value loyalty? Well, loyalty isn’t something you revoke simply because you find out your friend/fellow Scouting person is gay.
I don’t think the BSA is due for a big pat on the back from anyone, but sure- it’s a step. But let’s continue walking, shall we?