One gets the sense that there wouldn’t have to be a gay ban in the Boy Scouts of America if homosexuals had not become an official “oppressed community”. Simply keeping one’s private sex life to oneself and avoiding making advances on fellow scouts would have been good enough. Sure, it sounds “repressive,” but we all have to make concessions from time to time. How many churchgoing men have to keep their mouths shut in service? How many of us have to play along at sensitivity training at work? Even atheists are banned from scout leadership, and surely there are far more atheists than homosexuals in the United States.
I feel a bit sorry for the Boy Scouts, because they are in a difficult position. The majority of parents who put their children in the Boy Scouts are conservatives, who may or may not be tolerant of homosexuals, but probably prefer to keep them away from their sons. If Scouts allowed open homosexuals to join as scout leaders, it would take a devastating toll on the organization, because Americans have a way of saying one thing and doing another where their children are concerned.
As an example, Americans love to pay lip service to diversity, but they act in the opposite manner where public education is concerned, often incurring significant expense merely to get their children into a “good” school district. I’m sure the exact same thing will happen in scouting. In public, parents will say “oh, sure, we support gay rights,” but when it comes down to whether or not they want Johnny to go on overnight scouting trips with a 25-year-old openly gay man, many will quietly remove Johnny from the scouts.
There is a real issue with having gay adult men with adolescent boys. Leaving gay men alone with adolescent boys is about as smart as leaving straight men alone with adolescent girls — not a good idea. Some men can handle it pretty well – probably most of them most of the time – but an awful lot of them cannot. In an organization of millions, it’s going to be a big, big problem. A big and expensive problem.
However, everyone knows this, so why the big push to make the Boy Scouts openly gay friendly?
Scouting organizations have long come under suspicion from totalitarian regimes. There is something about scouting that drives control freaks crazy. It gets them so uptight that many communist and fascist countries banned independent scouting organizations.
Here are a few regimes that banned or took over scouting in the past and present:
-USSR, scouts banned in 1918; replaced by “pioneers”
-Nazi Germany, scouts taken over in 1934; replaced by Hitler Jugend
-Cuba, scouts banned in 1961; replaced by José Martí Pioneer Organization
-Iraq, scouts taken over by state in 1979; subsequently called “Saddam Cubs”
The attack on scouts in the US today is part of the same impulse. Leftists hate and fear the scouts, and they are using gay rights as a wedge issue to destroy them. Scouting must be crushed, for it represents patriarchal values, masculine independence, and initiative — all without direct government oversight! Oh, think of all the horrible things they could be up to. Scheming to oppress women into relationships, to lower tax rates and to wreck our socialist utopia. That will not do; we’ll all be much better off if we put those suspicious little boys in public schools and other programs that are directly controlled by state or – even better – federal government, so as to keep a close watch on them and keep them from getting too big for their britches.
So, as a patriotic American, I propose a new scouting organization created under the auspices of the federal government. Let’s name it the “Rainbow Scouts,” and have the little boys say a daily devotion before a giant picture of President Obama. They can learn about how not to be little oppressors, and how better to serve their leader and moral superiors. No more of that potential sabotage activity like orienteering and rigging — their new focus will be on political repentance and indoctrination.
Finally, we will have our victory over the evil force of the Boy Scouts of America, a bastion of right reactionary subversives.
In closing, isn’t it odd to see how Barack Obama is so consistently using gays and women to bring rival institutions to heel? I think this must be unprecedented in the history of the world.