The Boy Scouts of America was once an organization that promoted life skills, character, personal responsibility, conservation, patriotism, respect for one’s Creator, and a host of other virtues responsible parents sought to instill in their children (as an Eagle Scout, this writer knows firsthand).
Now, as it continues to bend to the whims of political correctness, the once-great organization has gradually become just another arm of Social Justice, Inc.
Science-fiction writer John C. Wright’s son recently experienced yet another case in point. Wright recounts in his blog how the scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout Troop unexpectedly visited his house to relay that his son had been expelled from the troop due to “an anonymous complaint” about an “anti-Muslim remark” his son supposedly made.
To be sure, this was not the only reason given. It was merely the cherry on top. This issue is more complex than the thumbnail I give here, but those nuances are nothing to the point of the example.
When he heard the decree, my son sat on the couch with a look on his face as if he had been shot in the guts.
He had been in this troop for as long as his boyhood memory reaches, has reached the rank of Star and is about to reach Life, and is a patrol leader, or was.
Wright and his wife’s support and involvement in the troop’s activities over a period of many years meant nothing at this point, only his son’s malfeasance.
“We dared speak a word that might offend the Prophet of Submission, peace be upon him. The Blasphemy Laws were breached!” Wright writes.
Apparently the decision to expel was made by the pastor of the church sponsoring the troop, even though, technically, it was not his decision to make. I say apparently, because there was no conversation, and no one asked my son for his side of the story.
For the same reason, what precisely the comment was, or who overheard it, I do not know. I suspect my boy was repeating one of his father’s opinions, which can be called “Anti-Muslim” only in the Alice-Through-the-Looking-Glass world of the Left.
The comment, if it was what I suspect, was something to the effect that America liberty is superior to and incompatible with Shariah Law, and that Christian duty of loving the enemy is superior to and incompatible with Jihadist duty to commit suicide during the mass-murder of innocent women and children dishonorably and indiscriminately, without warning, from ambush.
Thankfully, although the national organization has its problems, not all troops nor their church hosts are as stringently anti-free-speech as this one. Wright’s son found another troop and “all is well in the Wright household,” at least for now.
The writer even found it within himself to forgive…
But my son is not prepared for betrayal by people, such as Christian pastors, such as his own scoutmaster, whom I taught him to trust, respect and obey.
The world where chaplains will denounce you for being Christian, or Boy Scouts will expel you for being patriotic, is a new world to him.
When a Leftist Christian has to decide between Leftism and the teachings of Christ, he goes Left. When a Leftist Scout has to decide between Leftism and the teachings of Robert Baden Powell, he goes Left. Leftist put Leftism before all other loyalties.
Perhaps the lesson with toughen his spirit.
The lesson may be useful for my friends and readers as well:
The corruption is everywhere. To judge from their acts rather than their words, the corrupt wish not only to cow you into silence, dear reader, they wish to rob your children of innocent happiness.
A lesson, indeed, for us all.
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