As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America voted by a more than 20-point margin to allow openly gay teenagers to join the Scouts. Unfortunately, once they hit adulthood they’ll then be banned once again, which is the real problem with the new policy. But the Christian right bigots are predictably freaking out about it. A few choice reactions:
Uh, Erick…your kids are going to meet gay people, no matter how much that bothers you. And the sentiment you just expressed are identical to what racists said about desegregation of public accommodations, that if they had to actually be around black people they weren’t going to go at all. If you have even a tiny bit of shame left in you — and given that you’re the guy who called Justice Souter a “pig-fucking child molester,” that’s highly doubtful — you’re going to be damn embarrassed about this later.
Congressman, you do realize that the BSA board voted to make this change, right? This private organization made a private choice to do so. No one forced them.
Lawsuit? What lawsuit? This wasn’t prompted by a lawsuit. The Supreme Court ruled more than 20 years ago that the Boy Scouts could discriminate if they wanted to do so. They’ve now chosen to stop doing so (a little bit, at least).