Beware of Progressives in Scout Uniforms

On February 6, 2013, in Progressivism, Religion & Faith, by Trenton Hansen

The Boy Scouts of America voted today to wait until its annual meeting in May to address the question of whether to allow openly gay individuals to participate as Scouts and leaders. The measure has been promoted by at least one member of the Scouting board, but it appears that a strong outcry from people involved in scouting has forced proponents of the measure to retreat for the time being.

The BSA has been extensively criticized for its prohibitions on gays, with critics calling it discriminatory, among other things. Of course, those critics never explain why being discriminatory about membership in a values-oriented private organization is wrong. Nor do they bother explaining why it isn’t discriminatory for Leftist organizations to exclude conservatives as leaders. But hypocrisy is not the point.

The BSA came under severe criticism when it was revealed in October of 2012 that Scouting officials had kept secret “perversion files” detailing child sex abuse by some Scout leaders. The 1,247 files contain details of Scoutmasters and other volunteers who had admitted to sexually abusing boys during Scout activities. Some of those who had earlier admitted to such abuse and been thrown out tried to come back in later on, but were rejected. The BSA’s biggest mistake was in not reporting the incidents to authorities. At least, that was the media’s viewpoint.

But if it hasn’t yet become clear, let me illuminate the underlying fact: the BSA already has a problem with gay scoutmasters, as the “perversion files” clearly demonstrate; these were men, not women, sexually preying on those boys. The files refer to numerous homosexual acts.

The gay movement will object, saying these were heterosexual pedophiles. But they ignore the indisputable fact that this was pedophilia by males directed toward younger males; same-sex pedophilia is still homosexuality. Just because these men haven’t come out of the closet doesn’t mean they aren’t gay.

But now, in the very shadow of the revelations of hundreds of cases of inappropriate homosexual behavior, the BSA is considering letting openly gay men serve as Scoutmasters. The phrase “fighting fire with gasoline” doesn’t quite do justice to the absurd notion that the BSA should openly accept people whose sexual preference is their primary social identifier. No reasonable person would think this was a move toward greater safety for the boys. But then, when was Leftism ever reasonable?

Some have suggested that the correct thing to do would be to allow the various councils to make their own decisions on whether to allow gays into their own troops, thinking that by decentralizing the question, each council could retain the character it desires. The proposal sounds good on the surface because it is reminiscent of the idea of federalism that worked for the American system of government.

However, those making this proposal fail to acknowledge that federalism did not create two antagonistic systems of government; it created one system with two different spheres of operation. Both parts of the system were supreme in their sphere, but shared a common goal. If the American Founders had created two systems of government that were forever contending with one another for power, they would have in essence created “a house divided against itself,” and its collapse would have been swift.

The Progressive plan is to do exactly that, to divide and conquer. They manipulated the elections of 2012 in part by setting one group of conservatives against another. There were Mitt Romney’s followers, who were opposed by many of the more traditional conservatives, both of which groups were opposed by Ron Paul’s movement.

But if Conservatives of all stripes can learn to put aside their differences and work together on this particular issue, we may see Scouting still around in another 100 years.

Tagged with:
 

6 Responses to “Beware of Progressives in Scout Uniforms”

  1. JBT says:

    You are conveniently overlooking the significance of the fact that in every instance of sexual molestation in BSA was carried out by a repressed closeted homosexual male.

    No one in scouting would be more closely watched or meticulously careful with their behavior than an openly gay scoutmaster. What about young men who are gay themselves? On what basis should those young people be denied the experiences and opportunities afforded by scouting.

    The reason discrimination in a “values oriented organization” is wrong is that not all people share the same so-called “values”. There is a growing number of citizens all across America who do not believe that prejudice and bigotry based upon a person’s sexual orientation is a “value” that we should be teaching our children in scouting, or anywhere else for that matter.

    Describing gay men who want to be involved in scouting as “people whose sexual preference is their primary social identifier” demonstrates a total ignorance of who gay people are. They are primarily fathers, sons, brothers, spouses, friends, co-workers, church goers, patriots, benefactors—in other words human beings like everyone else. Insinuating that every homosexual male is a pedophile is as patently absurd as labeling every heterosexual male a rapist>

  2. “You are conveniently overlooking the significance of the fact that in every instance of sexual molestation in BSA was carried out by a repressed closeted homosexual male.”

    So, what, we should allow them to be who they are? Who’s repressing them? How are they being repressed? Why do they need to target children to relieve their feelings of repression? That’s really a stupid argument.

    “No one in scouting would be more closely watched or meticulously careful with their behavior than an openly gay scoutmaster.”

    Bovine excrement. Allowing gay men to be scoutmasters is like allowing alcoholics to be bartenders; not all alcoholics will succumb to the temptation to drink, true, but if even one bartender does, the idea fails. It’s even worse with scouts because you’re dealing with children instead of beverages.

    “The reason discrimination in a “values oriented organization” is wrong is that not all people share the same so-called “values”.

    Thank you for making my argument for me. The very fact that not everyone shares the same values is why there are private organizations in the first place. Duh. It makes for a vibrant, living society and is far superior to the stultifying uniformity created by Leftist philosophies.

    “They are primarily fathers, sons, brothers, spouses, friends, co-workers, church goers, patriots, benefactors—in other words human beings like everyone else.”

    Exactly, with weaknesses and temptations just like everyone else, and it is foolish to put them into any position where their honor and integrity may be compromised.

    “Insinuating that every homosexual male is a pedophile is as patently absurd as labeling every heterosexual male a rapist”

    Which is something you’ve invented just now; I neither said nor inferred what you claim. Keep stabbing away at that straw man.

  3. Howdy. I came across a person’s site utilizing msn. That’s a truly smartly created report. I will make sure to book mark the item obtainable returning to find out more of one’s handy details. Wanted posting. I’m going to unquestionably comeback.

  4. Tuyet says:

    Asking questions are truly good thing if you are not understanding something fully, but
    this piece of writing offers good understanding even.

  5. Boon ba ce ρost va atterrir sur mon site perso

  6. hey there and thank you for your info ? I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did alternatively experience some technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the website a lot of times previous to I may just get it to load properly. I had been considering in case your web hosting is OK? No longer that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading circumstances instances will often have an effect on your placement in google and can damage your high-quality rating if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I am including this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot extra of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

Leave a Reply