It seems every year there’s a new national spastic freak-out from conservatives over The Boy Scouts of America.
The BSA started letting homosexual and transgender scouts join, then they ended their ban on openly gay scout masters, and just about the time your Uncle Revis was picking himself up off the floor, the Scouts announced they’d start letting older girls join, and they were changing the name of their signature program, dropping the “Boy.”
The Boy Scouts of America will now be Scouts BSA, and girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The Mormon Church, which still teaches that homosexual relationships are sinful, is ending their relationship with the BSA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been associated with the Scouts for the past 105 years. One in every five Boy Scouts in the USA is Mormon, and all Mormon boys were expected to be a Boy Scout.
Conservatives are celebrating this. Washington Times contributor Robert Knight wrote, “Resistance to the cultural insanity is growing. Last Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced a parting of the ways with what used to be the Boy Scouts of America before it evolved into the Geldings of America, with its homosexual leaders, transgender members, real girls and a name change to rid itself of the dreaded word ‘Boy.'” Keep in mind, the Times is owned by the Moonies.
Mormon boys make up nearly 20% of the scouts with around 425,000 members. That would be a significant drop if they all choose to leave. However, the Cub Scouts which is allowing girls, have a membership of 1.25 million. The BSA, with a current membership around 800,000, may be hoping to reach that number with their new inclusiveness.
Another group not excited about this is the Girl Scouts. Last summer, the president of the Girl Scouts accused the Boy Scouts of America of trying to undermine the organization through a “covert campaign to recruit girls.” I’m not sure it’s very covert. I mean, the Mormons found out.
As for the Mormons’ departure, it may hurt the Scouts financially but I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. They have historically always been behind, and wrong, on social issues since their founding. The second president of the LDS, Brigham Young, had 55 wives. They lost count with Joseph Smith, the father of Mormonism, who had between 27-49 wives. The church didn’t allow black men to become priests until 1978, and for years even denied entrance for blacks into their temple.
I don’t want anything to hurt the Girl Scouts, which is a progressive and secular organization. But raising boys into young men with girls present is a good thing. It’ll teach them respect and that we’re all equals, except in most cases where girls are definitely better than you.
And, if Donald Trump ever speaks before the BSA again, maybe next time they won’t start chanting “lock her up.”
Creative note: Yeah, I changed the layout from horizontal to vertical for this cartoon. I wanted to have fun with it and it worked better with the canoe going up. I’m not sticking with it. I hope a few of my newspapers will use it and have fun with their page design.
Here’s the video.
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