Here is the tweet that has launched the breaking news that the Boy Scouts may *possibly* decide to be slightly less disgusting:
Boy Scouts actively consider dropping the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Would leave it up to local units to decide for themselves.—
Pete Williams (@PeteWilliamsNBC) January 28, 2013
What I’m already seeing all over Twitter is people ONLY talking about the first part of this tweet and not the second.
So, the Boy Scouts leaked to Pete Williams that they are “actively considering” not FORCING their local units to discriminate against gay boy scouts and troop leaders. This tweet is saying that they are maybe going to decide to do the “state’s rights” handling of discrimination. They won’t do anything to stop discrimination, they will just no longer be the ones to demand it. That’s weak sauce at its weakest.
I’m not applauding this thing that may happen that really won’t do anything to help anything anyway except in a very minor way. Because I’m guessing that troops that aren’t hateful already probably don’t discriminate unless their hand is forced. That their actual practice of the rules is probably very different than the theoretical practice laid down from up high.
And, as a reminder, the Boy Scouts are terrible because of their anti-gay stance as well as their systemic cover up child abuse in their ranks. “Fixing” this problem — which, again, their proposed idea would not really fix anything — is only a small piece of a larger dysfunctional organization.
This news floater that they released via Pete Williams on Twitter means absolutely nothing except maybe that they’ve been financially hurt by the negative press and are trying to find whatever way they can to properly message their hatred to make it palatable.
My disdain for the Boy Scouts knows no bounds.
NBC News, which broke the story, says the Scouts are “close to ending ban on gay members, leaders.”
The network reports that by allowing each local organization to select their own policy it would also allow sponsors and parents “to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs.”
In a statement, GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy organization, welcomed the development.
“The Boy Scouts of America have heard from scouts, corporations and millions of Americans that discriminating against gay scouts and scout leaders is wrong,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement.
I guess. It’s not like the Boy Scouts don’t have a model of anti-discrimination which they can follow.
I feel like this is one of those moments where my annoyance with liberals comes to the surface: we cheer along ANY progress because it looks like progress.
The BSA is going to adopt a new policy that says, “If a troop wants to ban gays, then we’re okay with that!” Progress.
The BSA is going to put the burden of locating an amenable, non-discriminatory troop on the parents of the child or a potential troop leader. Progress.
The BSA gets positive press for literally doing the absolute least that it could possibly do in regards to this issue. Progress.