Local Boy Scouts apologize, ask for $1 million anyway

This week I learned a new word: Schadenfreude. Pleasure taken from someone else’s misfortune.

First it was Karl Rove. Now its the Boy Scouts. Yes, that lovely organization that equates homosexuality with child molestation.

From the AJC:

Local Boy Scouts today apologized today for inflating membership rolls in asking the United Way to turn over nearly $1 million in funding the agency has withheld because of the scandal.

So lets see, the Boy Scouts inflated its statistics on inner city memberships so that it could get more money to support inner city boys that it wasn’t helping. And they still have the nerve to ask the United Way for the money.

I wish I didn’t take such glee in watching the adminstration of the Boy Scouts suffer. I feel terrible hating the Boy Scouts. They should be providing a great service: providing positive role models to boys without positive role models and developing a sense of community in our children. And I know that there are individual Scout troops and leaders that do just that. But I find the the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuality abhorrent and ignorant, and this scandal where they screw the kids that need them the most is disgusting.

I know who is really hurt by their policies and by this scandal. And it makes me sad.

To any members of the Boy Scouts: please know that I am talking about the Boy Scouts organization, and not specific members of the organization. I admire those of you who see the problems with the organization and struggle to do good things with the resources the organization provides despite disagreeing with their policies.

3 Comments so far

  1. Steve Barton (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 8:50 pm


    I want to thank you for one bit of precision in your post. You note that the incorrect statistics were for “inner city” enrollments, rather than saying “minority” or “black” as it seems like almost every other story or comment on the subject has done.

    You, sir, are correct. BSA does not collect racial data as part of its membership process. Isn’t that different?! I have yet to read the AJC story today and maybe they got it right, too.

    Here is the common sense Boy Scout response to your problem with the BSA: go forth and form your own youth organization that, if you choose, allows avowed homosexuals to go camping with 12 to 17 year old boys and/or girls. And I wish you every success in doing good and doing well.

    But, please don’t make me entrust my 12 to 17 year old boy (turns 17 next week, actually) to avowed homosexual leaders for his scout activities and outings. I are not comfortable with that set up. And lots of other fine, non-homophobic parents feel exactly the same way about their children and the adults they will let them go off with…

    By the way, did you know that BSA also requires of members an avowed belief in God?

    Tolerance, eh? This is the way BSA folks want to do things…so why not tolerate it? Scouts teaches nothing bad about homosexuals (it is an asexual outfit) or non-believers. There are lots of other youth organizations out there. Why not form your own and run it your way, rather than forcing a freely assembled group of Americans to associate with folks they do not choose to associate with (in this assembly, at any rate).

    Anyway, good luck with your blog. I was looking for Atlanta blogs and I like the look of yours. I’ll be back. All the best, Steve Barton

  2. Kent (unregistered) on July 16th, 2005 @ 3:16 am

    I hope your son doesn’t accidentally bump up against a homosexual and catch the gay. I hear that the chances of contracting homosexuality are tripled when exposed to a marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker environment. The numbers go through the roof when knot-tying, pocketknives, and archery are added to the mix.

    If the BSA is an “asexual outfit” as you claim, why do they discrimate on the basis of sexuality?

    I don’t want the BSA to be forced to do anything. I want them to do the right thing.

  3. Marnie (unregistered) on July 18th, 2005 @ 11:25 am

    Both my sons were Cub Scouts. Their father was a Pack Leader for many years as I was a den mother at the start of my sons’ scouting experiences. Both of my nephews were Eagle Scouts.

    Both sons have gone onto become outstanding men with high morals and a higher sense of duty to their fellow man. I understand the value of being in such a program as the Boy Scouts, but I have to agree with Kent’s views. I have taught my boys to respect all people and not to judge them on appearnce, sexual orientation, religious beliefs,etc. If you must judge a person,look at his moral fiber and as to how he treats other people, especially people who are “different”.

    It is a shame that the Boy Scouts have taken such a position on homosexuality. You see my youngest son is gay and would have been ask to leave the scout program. (He hid in your ranks for so many years.) His older brother, Kent, is now defending the God given rights of every citizen, and is enlightening others as to the policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Kent, I commend you on taking such a stance in protecting your brother and other homosexuals from such ignorance and biogotry.

    Both my sons are excellant role models and the scouting program would be a better organization with them in it. To me it would be more acceptable if you changed the name of your program by dropping “of America.” This country was founded on the belief that all men and women are created equal. Your organization is far from that belief.

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