Just when you think we’ve made a lot of progress in this country, along comes some bunch of clowns to remind us how far we still have to go.
The clowns in this case? The Boy Scouts. Who yesterday affirmed their 112-year old policy of banning any gay boy scouts or scout leaders.
That’s right. Just when the rest of the country is finally starting to move beyond homophobia by practicing tolerance and recognizing the God-given, equal rights members of the LGBT community enjoy under the Constitution….
The Boy Scouts decide to charge full-speed ahead in the opposite direction: preaching intolerance and discrimination, if not worse.
They will continue to discriminate against gays, the Boy Scouts said in a statement, because that’s what most of the parents of scouts want. By that logic, Boy Scouts in some states will also soon ban black or Hispanic scouts.
In reaffirming their anti-gay policy, the Boy Scouts also announced a change in the historic Scout Law. It now reads:
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent – and intolerant.”
That’s my parting shot for today.