Say goodbye to the days of the Boy Scouts of America: it’s now going to be the… *Something* Scouts. No longer limited to boys, the Boy Scouts have given up their defining characteristic: their dedication to mentoring of America’s boys.
The more than 100 year old organization has gone Left-wing in recent years, with expressed desires to be more inclusive and equal. They also announced earlier this year a policy allowing anyone who “identifies” as a boy to join the Scouts. Parents across the nation were outraged.
After years of fighting the growing tide of liberalism, the Boy Scouts of America have caved and announced they will allow girls who “identify” as boys to join the organization.
On its website, the century-old group defended their decision.
“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,” they said in a press release. “However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state,” the statement explained.
So from now on, the Boy Scouts will disregard biological facts. From now on, they will essentially be accepting members based solely on whatever “gender” the applicant puts on their form.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Scouts have fully caved to the Left-wing obsession with “equality” that they have officially ceased to be the Boy Scouts: they will be accepting girls into their ranks, and will even enable them to achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout, according to NBC News.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts organization.
The board of directors voted unanimously to allow girls into the Scouts organization. Beginning next year, girls can join as Cub Scouts.
Now, granted, there will still be single-gender subsections at the local “dens,” as they are called. One will be boys, the other girls. But how long before that’s not acceptable for crazy Left-wingers?
A separate program for older girls will be available in 2019, BSA said, enabling them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts said the moves reflect the changing nature of American life, adding to the appeal of a scouting program that can serve the entire family.
BSA said it commissioned two nationwide surveys that showed parents not involved in scouting had high interest in getting their daughters signed up for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women (NOW), a prominent Left-wing feminist group, demanded that the Boy Scouts allow girls in. The Scouts decided it best to cave to their demands.
NOW backed Sydney Ireland of New York, who wanted to gain entry into the Boy Scouts but was denied because she is a girl.
“I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do — earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award,” she had told NBC News. “The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it’s just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should just have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender.”
The Girl Scouts organization has been reluctant to support efforts to intermix girls into the Boy Scouts, citing research that shows girls can learn best when not with boys.
“We are unparalleled in our ability to build great female leaders who contribute to society at every level,” said Andrea Bastiani Archibald, a psychologist who is also a Girl Scouts guide.
Nonetheless, private organizations cannot function how they desire in the modern world. They must pass the litmus test of Left-wingers who are so enamored with the idea of equality that facts or the private nature of an organization do not matter. All that matters is “equality” and “tolerance” and “acceptance”; that is, of their ideas.
And if they can’t get people to capitulate by persuasion, they have no qualms with taking those people to court and getting them to surrender at gunpoint. That kind of obsession with equality is incompatible with freedom.