The Boy Scouts: A Deal With Gay Activists?

Let’s suppose I wanted to take a group of twelve year old girls in the neighborhood, on a series of weekend camping trips. Would anyone object? Should anyone object? After all, I’ve never been in trouble with the law, and even though I’m heterosexual, nobody has ever even accused me of pursuing underage girls.

According to several sources, including NBC News, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the largest youth organization in the nation, is close to ending its decades-long prohibition of gay scouts and gay scout leaders. Many large charitable groups and corporations now believe that the homosexual ban is wrongly discriminatory and have ceased providing financial aid to the Boy Scouts.

 

It’s possible that organizations which now support BSA, will diminish or withdraw their support, leaving BSA with even less financial support than before the lifting of the ban.

 

Personally, I take no position on gay scout members. If an eleven or twelve year old boy is gay, or thinks he might be gay – fine, the local troop leaders can decide.

 

But I do believe that allowing gay scout leaders is a mistake. Placing any adult in a role-model position, in charge of young, impressionable, and sometimes troubled or sexually-confused boys or girls, where there is at least some possibility of sexual attraction and tension, and where one of the duties is being in charge of overnight camping trips, is “inappropriate,” to use old-fashioned vernacular.

 

Let’s suppose I wanted to take a group of twelve year old girls in the neighborhood, on a series of weekend camping trips. Would anyone object? Should anyone object? After all, I’ve never been in trouble with the law, and even though I’m heterosexual, nobody has ever even accused me of pursuing underage girls. In fact, I would be quite indignant if someone even hinted that I would do something so vile. In our politically correct world, perhaps there are some who would hesitate to make a fuss, but most people, in their gut, would understand that this is “inappropriate.”

 

You see, none of this has anything to do with homophobia or hatred of gay people. It’s incredible that allowing gay scout leaders has turned into a gay rights issue. And it’s a shame that our nation’s gutless leaders in politics, in the press, and even in the gay-rights movement, lack the wisdom and the ability to understand and communicate this.

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1 comment to The Boy Scouts: A Deal With Gay Activists?

  • sedonaman

    Re: “It’s incredible that allowing gay scout leaders has turned into a gay rights issue.”

    Not so surprising when you consider the history of the movement:

    There were a great many of us, in the 1960s, who felt that there were grave practical and moral objections to the criminalization of homosexuality, and therefore supported, as happened in most Western countries, changes in the law which meant that certain forms of homosexual behavior ceased to be unlawful. Homosexuality itself was still to be publicly regarded by society, let alone by its churches, as a great moral evil; but men who engaged in it, within strictly defined limits, would no longer be sent to prison. We believed this to be the maximum homosexuals deserved or could reasonably expect. We were proven totally mistaken. Decriminalization made it possible for homosexuals to organize openly into a powerful lobby, and it thus became a mere platform from which further demands were launched. Next followed demands for equality, in which homosexuality was officially placed on the same moral level as standard forms of sexuality; and dismissal of identified homosexuals from sensitive positions, for instance schools, children’s homes, etc., became progressively more difficult. This was followed in turn by demands not merely for equality but privilege: the appointment, for instance, of homosexual quotas in local government, the excision from school textbooks and curricula, and university courses, passages or books or authors they found objectionable, special rights to proselytize, and not least the privilege of special programs to put forward their views – including the elimination of the remaining legal restraints – on radio and television. Thus we began by attempting to right what was felt an ancient injustice and we ended with a monster in our midst, powerful and clamoring, flexing its muscles, threatening, vengeful and vindictive towards anyone who challenges its outrageous claims, and bent on making fundamental – and, to most of us, horrifying – changes to civilized patterns of sexual behavior. – Paul Johnson, The Quest for God, 1997

    This after they claimed that all they wanted was to be left alone.

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