Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This post is not about sex

So our beloved Governor Rick Perry, he of the slick coif who carries on the tradition of sporting cowboy boots with designer suits, has gone and written himself a book about the overwhelming awesomeness that is the Boy Scouts of America. Kickass! As an Eagle Scout and former member and employee of the BSA myself, I could also write such a book, though I imagine my account would differ from the gov's a wee bit.

Governor Good-Ole-Boy recently granted an interview to the New York Times wherein they appear to have spent most of their time talking about the book and about scouting. Of course, the gov had to field a few questions about the BSA's no-gays-allowed policies, and I have to say, I found his answers rather interesting. It's not that his reasoning is so compelling because it's not; it's just that it sounds as if the scouts have abandoned the tactic of defending their policy by saying that it's intended to protect kids from child molesters, undoubtedly because that line of reasoning has been shot full of holes. So what's the new argument Rick?
"Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation."
Ah, okay. So now it's not about protecting kids from predators, it's about protecting them from...well, from what exactly? From having to be anywhere near gay people? From information? Or rather, is it to protect parents from having to have their boys around homosexuals, where they might find out that they're, ya know, human beings?

Except the thing is, if scouting's not about sex, then why are the scouts making it about sex? Doesn't a ban that is based entirely on sexual orientation make the entire issue precisely, exactly about SEX?

Am I the only one who doesn't get it?


Steve said...

When I was in scouts, all we did was light fires and read porn. We never got caught because the leaders were having liquor parties.

Man, those were good times.

JayMonster said...

No, you are not the only one that doesn't get it, but you are (apparently) the only one that is still looking to get some sort of Logic out of the BSA on this issue.

There is no way for them to defend their indefensible position.

The Holmes said...

No Mr. Monster, I think I'm pretty well aware of how ridiculous the BSA's policies are in this area, thanks. It's just rather pathetic to watch them just from one poor line of defense to another rather than just admitting that they've been wrong and making the changes needed to live up to what they claim to be.

Whit said...

Is this where I make the obligatory brownie joke?

Marsha said...

I don't get it either, especially considering that Rick Perry is himself reported to be a gay man. Methinks he protests to much.

sybil law said...

Your governor looks like an asshole!
Seriously. It's silly. The whole thing. They have no excuse, but they keep on tryin'.

Keith said...

The only scout I knew from my childhood was put into the scouts by his dad so that he'd man up. You know, light fires and read porn like Steve said. The kid turned out to be quite gay. Thankfully my parents couldn't afford to send me.

The ban is stupid. And your Gov is stupid. Then again Elliot Spitzer was once my governor, so who am I to talk crap.