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The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

mkrug Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 4:35 PM
You must not have understood what was going on. The court case was decided as a Freedom Of Association issue. The Scouts are entitled to restrict membership based on whatever criteria they decide on. The criteria have not changed since it's founding. Such as a belief in God and a belief in a certain moral code of conduct. Sure, some folks will decide that Scouting is not for them because of these principles and that is their right as well. They are free to set up whatever organization they want. It is NOONE'S right to force the Scouts to change .
Bill1895 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 11:42 AM
David why do you use the Klanish notion that race and sexual perversion are the same?
RLB-In-Texas Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:57 PM
Sexual orientation is not (so far) a legally protected class like race, so you're analogy is meritless.
David3036 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 6:10 PM
And I can almost guarantee that if the case had been about racial discrimination instead of sexual orientation, the Supreme Court would have ruled that BSA is a "public accommodation" instead of a "private organization."

It could have logically gone the other way, based on the Scouts' use of public buildings and the military base where they held their national jamboree. For sure, they would have found a ruling that prevented discriminaton based on race.

They are free, as you say, to set their own standards. And people who disagree are free to withhold donations, petition their United Ways to do the same, and lobby to remove the Scouts from public buildings. Isn't freedom wonderful?

The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership.

Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council.

I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to oversee their...