We’ve gotten to the point in our society where political correctness seems to trump even the most basic common sense and it’s sad to see that the Boy Scouts are considering putting children at risk to appease liberals who are fine to risk children being molested if it suits their political goals.
The Boy Scouts of America may soon give sponsors of troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as scouts and leaders – a potentially dramatic retreat from a nationwide no-gays policy that has provoked relentless protests.
Under the change now being discussed, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue — either maintaining an exclusion of gays, as is now required of all units, or opening up their membership.
You don’t allow your son to go out in the woods at night with a gay man you don’t know really well and trust implicitly for exactly the same reason you wouldn’t allow your daughter to go out in the woods at night with a man you don’t know really well and trust implicitly: You have to worry about the adult taking advantage.
The Boy Scouts already have to take great care to prevent pedophiles from joining their ranks, but now they’re talking about setting up a situation where parents are going to be asked to trust their sons overnight with men who may very well be sexually attracted to them.
Parents of Scouts may not want to say that publicly because they’re afraid they’ll be criticized; so what many of them will do is just quietly withdraw their children from Scouts rather than put them in situations where they may be at risk. That’s not homophobic in the least; it’s just common sense and good parenting. Any responsible parents would be nervous about having their 16, 17 and 18 year old daughters spending a lot of time alone in an isolated setting with a man who might very well be sexually attracted to them and any parent of a child in a Scout troop with a gay leader is now going to have that same concern.
If the Scouts bow to political correctness, it will be the start of a decline in their organization that they may never recover from and they will have taken that first big step down the hill themselves.