I was up for a good outrage, so I decided to click on this Room for Debate NYTimes blog link that shows a "debate" over the recent reiteration by Boy Scouts of America that gay men and boys aren't welcome as leaders or as scouts.
I was disappointed in my
search for something outrageous, but encouraged in my hope for fellow
humans when I found that even the "dissenting" views pretty much just
said it's reprehensible that this is an issue for the organization.
Heck, the guy from the Cato Institute only spent half a sentence
defending the Boy Scouts organization's right to keep whoever they want
out -- the same amount of space he spent mentioning that allowing girls
to join the club in Canada had seemed unfortunate to him -- then spent
the entire rest of his short article saying what a shame it is that
they're discriminating, because whether you're gay or straight is not
the POINT of the Boy Scouts.
This actually read as a
response to the Boy Scout organizational leaders' response, which
amounted to "we don't deal with sexuality in the Boy Scouts and also
it's none of your business why we're excluding members and leaders based
on their orientations." The "none of your business" vibe was
un-mysteried by another commenter who mentioned that a large portion of
funding for the organization comes from the Mormon and Roman Catholic
churches, two of the only large organizations (evangelicals are a much
larger political force, but less "an organization" than a
movement/politico-religious identity) left in America that might want
discrimination against gays to continue.
And in nicer news, the Camp Fire USA representative didn't even bother
MENTIONING the Boy Scouts in her article about how Camp Fire is and
always has been based on inclusion, even if it makes people
uncomfortable. She mentioned that it's unfortunate that people of
certain religious beliefs don't make it into the Camp Fire circle,
because they would certainly be welcomed, and their absence makes
everyone poorer in experience and opportunity to grow.
in the end, what was apparently meant to read as debate ended up
sounding a lot like an elegy for the Boy Scouts, complete with a very
helpful pointer toward an organization that sounds like it's ably poised
to continue the good aspects of Boy Scout traditions -- plus some
better ones of its own.
Good for us. I guess I'll have to go check out some other internet site
today if I'm still looking for that blood-pressure-spike fix.