One of America’s legendary boys’ organizations may have just signed its own death certificate after capitulating to threats of lawsuits from the fluid-gender-identity crowd.
In the wake of a threatened civil rights administrative complaint by the New Jersey mother of an eight-year-old girl who now proclaims (all over the major media, by the way) she is a transgender boy, the Boy Scouts of America announced Monday night it will reverse its policy and accept children into the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts (its branch for boys age 10 and under) based upon the gender identity stipulated in a child’s application.
In other words, the Boy Scouts will now have a new “honor system.” They will take your child’s gender identity at his or her (and presumably, the parents’) word.
I guess this is a takeoff on the Kellyanne Conway standard of evidence: Alternative facts, indeed.
This means that eight year old Joey Maldonado (who’s been named and appeared live in studio on CNN) is welcome back in his local Secaucus Cub Scout pack.
Let’s ask this question: When do the boys get to join the Girl Scouts? Doesn’t it make sense? A good way to meet girls, no? And those cookies!
For now, other boys, and their parents, seeking an extracurricular refuge from secular schools and much of contemporary society often overtly hostile to all things God and country and now actual masculinity, must cross the Boy Scouts of America off the list of institutions standing against this androgynous tide.
Equally troubling is the Boy Scouts’ apparent unwillingness to defend its standards. As a lawyer, I will tell you that lawsuits and prosecutions are threatened every day. Sadly, innocence and righteousness do not insulate us from threats — but they do help narrow the odds.
Part of freedom, being an adult and living in a world of both good and evil is realizing that we cannot choose our wars, but we can choose our battles.
Our duties as Americans and, for most of us as Christians, involve accepting these struggles because we have duties — moral if not legal — to our families not to shirk our responsibilities.
Yet the Boy Scouts of America by refusing to defend itself on a core principle, undercuts its very reason for being.
The Scouts, I am sure, will continue and possibly become much stronger, despite the abdication of duties by its gutless corporate leadership. Watch many groups “go rogue.” Outside the scope of — and perhaps intentionally outside — the BSA. And watch being a Scout become the new act of principled defiance.