In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America‚Äôs decision to allow gay members, we have basically seen reactions from three different groups of people:
1) You have the people (like me) who are disappointed that the BSA still bans gay scout leaders and atheists. The group took a nice baby step in the right direction, but they are still a bigoted organization as far as we‚Äôre concerned.
3) You have the religious conservatives, who think the BSA has stained its reputation by caving in to the public outcry and gave up one of the best things it had going for it.
Regarding this last group‚Ä¶ what exactly are they worried about?
Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action gives us some insight into the fear:
What‚Äôs the next step? Activists now demand that adult men who desire sex with other males (‚Äúgay‚ÄĚ scout masters) be allowed to take your sons camping overnight. Soon they‚Äôll be insisting that ‚Äútransgender boys‚ÄĚ (girls who wish they were boys) be allowed to join as well.What a camping trip! Imagine the pup tent. Your son and Jimmy ‚ÄĒ who‚Äôs got a crush on him ‚ÄĒ along with Billy and Billy‚Äôs boyfriend Bobby, all snuggly warm in the middle of nowhere. But make room for Sammy (formerly Suzie) and Sammy‚Äôs boyfriend Gary (formerly Gertrude).
Don‚Äôt forget to hang the disco ball.
So‚Ä¶ implying that gay leaders would molest the children and that gay scouts (who are barely old enough to even have crushes) are automatically going to cuddle up next to their fellow troop members‚Ä¶ and throwing in some transphobic comments just for good measure. Way to be rational there. (Edit: I was referring to Cub Scouts not being old enough to want to cuddle. Sorry for the confusion!)
In other words, the Christian Right has no good reason to be worried. All they have are stereotypes rooted in bigotry and their own paranoia. It‚Äôs the same thing we see when it comes to marriage equality and it‚Äôs the same thing we saw when it came to Don‚Äôt Ask, Don‚Äôt Tell.
A godless organization that refuses to admit godless people.
There‚Äôs some Christian logic for you.