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Whatever Happened to the Boy Scouts?

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It was once an honor to earn a merit badge in the Boy Scouts. Becoming a Star Scout was a privilege, a Life Scout was something fantastic, and an Eagle Scout was the very tip of the apex. Few achieved that pinnacle, and those who did treasured it for their entire lives. But even those who didn’t attain these levels were still enriched by the Boy Scouts via lessons in life skills and teamwork.

Sadly, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 18, 2020. First formed in 1910, this organization was once one of the most popular institutions in the entire country. Why its demise?

The simple answer is that the Boy Scouts succumbed to the threats of political correctness and wokesterism, particularly through the acceptance of homosexuality and feminism.

There were more than 92,000 cases filed against the Boy Scouts for sexual abuse. Like the Catholic Church, which dealt with priests abusing young boys, the Boy Scouts found themselves infiltrated by homosexual Scout leaders who did the same to their young charges.

One wonders why homosexual scoutmasters were welcomed into the ranks of scouting in the first place. Fifty years ago the idea of a gay scoutmaster would have been anathema. The Scout Oath itself—“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight”—precludes homosexual behavior. But again, political correctness got the upper hand.

It was deemed impermissible to not welcome queer Boy Scout leaders into the organization. In the view of the Boy Scouts, gays were entirely within their “rights” to insist on taking leadership roles working with young boys. They are, after all, one of the demographics explicitly and specifically legally protected against discrimination in the United States. But parents of impressionable 13-year-old boys were not exactly thrilled with this prospect. They pulled their sons out of the organization in droves, leading to its drastic decline.

And then the feminists demanded that girls be allowed to join. This is more than passing curious given that there was a perfectly good and very similar organization, the Girl Scouts, for the feminine sex. Would boys have been welcomed into that organization? Don’t be silly. That’s an offensive, sexist suggestion! But the obverse is not only allowed in the social justice philosophy, but actually required.

Yet the demise of the Boy Scouts may not properly be fully laid at the doors of the feminists and the queer communities. These groups were only accessing what the law of the land offered them. No, the Boy Scouts went under due to laws which weakened the more basic human right of free association: that no innocent person may properly be compelled to associate with anyone else—no exceptions here—against his will.

Of course, homosexuals themselves violate this legislation. They rule out half the human race as bed partners and romantic love interests. As do the heterosexuals. They are guilty of the exact same “crime”—of discrimination! Only the bisexuals are innocent of this “discriminatory practice.” So there we have it: the logic of anti-discrimination laws lead to compulsory bisexuality.

The counterargument to the foregoing is that anti-discrimination laws should and do apply, only to commercial, and not personal, interactions. But why should we accept so facile a distinction? Surely, if it is wrong to discriminate against women, gays, and members of certain ethnic groups, this should apply to all realms of human interaction, the personal as well as the business and employment world. Otherwise, we are faced with anomaly that the personal is relatively unimportant and only commerce is important.

Perish the thought that this could be possible…

Image Credit: 

Flickr-Governor Mark Dayton, CC BY 2.0

Walter Block

Walter Block is an economics professor at Loyola University and a Mises Institute senior fellow. He is author of several classic books on libertarian ethics, including Defending the Undefendable (1976), and was named one of the 100 most influential philosophers in the world by AcademicInfluence.com.

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lovellsjl
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Sorry to tell you this but gay boys, teens, and men have always been part of the BSA. Furthermore, gay men do not molest children; by definition they are attracted to other adult males. Those doing so are called pedophiles. So maybe in being more gay friendly they drew in more pedophiles? Or, possibly, more people are simply reporting sexual crimes when in years past people covered them up and victims didn't talk about. In any rate, allowing girls into the Boy Scouts probably has more to do with their decline. Allowing in females defeats the whole purpose the BSA exists - a place to bond with other males, both their own age and adult males, without the influence or environment generated by surrounding females.
 
 

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D. Platt
I agree those who are pedophiles are the ones who sexually assaulted boys in the scouts. The entire article was written with extreme prejudicial language against the gay community, especially homosexual men, along with blaming feminists. I'm not getting into the impact of having girls joining the BSA, other than I'd like to see the girl scouts include more of the "male oriented" activities of the BS in the GS, if it's not already. (I was in the GS years ago as an 11/12 year old)
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Kalikiano
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I read these words with, as President Lyndon Johnson so memorably uttered it, a 'heavy heart', given the pivotal role that the BSA played in my own youthful life. Back in the 1950s and early 60s, we weren't 'infested' with gay Scout Leaders; our adult leaders were for the most part WW2 veterans whose own young sons were in their troops, also. As a boy who lost my own (Spanish War veteran) father at age 4, I look back on the BSA as the strong, moral role model I was otherwise denied, with both gratitude and appreciation. Like so many others today who were products of that fine boys' movement, such as myself, I view all the recent catastrophes the BSA has suffered through with a combined sense of moral, ethical and intellectual outrage. Although I am an avowed 'non-believer', I was raised as an Anglican youth and rejected conventional (institutional) religiosity at around age 13 as the natural consequence of gaining greater and broader awareness of who and what we are as a minor species in a vast, unknowable Universe. I prefer a more comprehensive sense of spirituality that defies narrow definition but that doesn't require gathering with pikes at the barricades! It pains me to see all the manifestations of puerile ignorance about us that are being forced upon all of us today in America...and which have contributed so greatly to the demise of the BSA. And it makes me very sad indeed. Boys need less feminised 'gentrification' and more time spent with the tribal elders in their quest to learn how to grow up straight and tall, with moral strength and purged of any taint of turpitude! The traditional BSA did all that and far more. How tragically and unequivocally appalling is the present march of America to the cliffs of mediocrity and mass societal ignorance...that has resulted, among other things, in the decline and fall of the true, original 'boys' movement' in this country, the Boy Scouts of America.
 
 

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sansme57
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A very sad time indeed. So, what happens now to the boys that earned their badges and such? They have nothing to associate it with now? Are boys allowed in the girlscouts now? What a sickening mess this "woke" group is being allowed to put upon us. I can only hope they get everything they deserve.
 
 

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ponder
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What happened to the boy scouts was the same thing that happened to the Catholic Church when they discovered they had a pedophile in their midst they covered it up. A practice that was doomed to fail, just as it failed with the Catholic Church. Difference being that the BSA didn’t have the kind of money that Catholic Church does therefore couldn’t financially sustain once the truth came out, due to court costs and settlements paid. The BSA is a large organization so of course some bad actors are going to get in, the problem is, when a particular bad person was discovered to be in their organization, they chose to protect the bad person instead of reporting the incident to the proper authorities and allowing them to investigate. Blaming homosexuality is to not understand what really went wrong with the BSA. Known issues in the BSA with pedophiles as scout masters goes back about 100 years as does the BSA’s decision to engage in a cover up, long before homosexuals were asking to get in. And of course, there is a clear and obvious difference between homosexuality and pedophilia.
 
 

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Michael of Knottingham
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This article was making perfect sense, until the last few paragraphs, beginning at "Of course, homosexuals themselves violate this legislation." The language just falls apart from there. Too bad. If the author was trying to make some kind of profound point, he failed.
 
 

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