On Wednesday, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary took to his blog to write “A Requiem for the Boy Scouts.” According to Mohler:
The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to
preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that
gave it birth. Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America
leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to
abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts,
but not the involvement of openly-gay adults.
I’ll bet that the Boy Scouts will be going strong long after Mohler’s rotten corpse is fertilizer. The common thread in conservative Christian circles is that everyone knew that it was only a matter of time once they allowed gay youth to allow gay adults. Those values and ideals that Mohler refers to should have something to do with teaching boys about fairness, equality and nondiscrimination.
More than two years ago, when the Scouts were considering allowing gay boys to join, Mohler opined:
…this proposed policy spells disaster for the Scouts, and, if adopted, that disaster will not be long in coming.
That disaster has never materialized yet Mohler remains undeterred — and unembarrassed. Mohler goes on to describe Gates’ actions as a “moral disaster.” I guess that it should not amaze me that Mohler is promoting bigotry as a desirable value to be passed onto our children. That this is cloaked in Christianity just makes it all the more odious.
The most unforgivable truth about Gates’s proposal for the Boy Scouts is
that it was presented with no moral argument at all. Nevertheless, the
eventual requiem for the Boy Scouts will reveal a moral lesson to be
sure. But it will be a lesson learned too late, and at so great a loss.
Mohler’s problem is that he isn’t listening. It’s a pattern.