In Short About the Boy Scouts

The real question we should ask about the Boy Scouts of America is this:

How can such an enriching and valuable program be associated with such a deplorable and disgusting organization?

Always remember to never confuse the program with the organization. The program is an environment dedicated to help boys become better men. The organization is a “nonprofit” body designed to manage the program from a business standpoint.

Full disclosure: this is coming from a person who is both an Eagle Scout and a cynic regarding nonprofit organizations. To me, the term nonprofit merely means that they enrich themselves in more subtle ways than GM, Bank of America, and Microsoft.

The program says that scouts will be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Saying that gay individuals lack a sound moral compass is not Friendly, nor Courteous, nor Kind. It is merely Ignorant (not one of those twelve points).

Saying that atheists and agnostics lack a similarly suitable moral compass is similarly Ignorant.

Those two policies are also Disgusting, also not one of the twelve points.

I, for one, am happy for the recent publicity. I hope it shines a light on the illogical and domineering influence of certain religions on the organization. I hope those who obtain a high standard of living (through handsome not-for-profit salaries) are forced to open their doors for all to see the inner workings of their precious organization. I hope it causes a renewed sense of purpose concerning youth protection. I want a bright light to shine on all of it. I hope the same light fades the idiocy that causes the organization to adopt a policy of ignorance, intolerance, and discrimination.

In short, I hope that attention by the public will cause the organization to come in line with the program, and not vice versa.