How to Make Blue Folks See Red: Pick on the Boy Scouts
How to Make Blue Folks See Red: Pick on the Boy Scouts (James Lileks, Newhouse News)
Since the last election we’ve been told that right-wing theoreticians concoct divisive social issues in secret underground labs and release them into the body politic every election cycle, clouding the minds of red-state sheep. But the Boy Scouts haven’t been suing anyone for the right to hold compulsory God and country rallies in schools across the land. The American Civil Liberties Union is forcing the issue.
This may be the face of the hard, foamy left, but it’s not the view of your average Democrat. Throwing the scouts into an electrified pen that keeps them from contaminating government is not high on the list of your average Democratic concerns. Ask one. Why are you a Democrat? “Because I believe in good jobs, health care for all, more diplomacy and strong public schools.” And you oppose the Boy Scouts, right? “What? No. My kid’s a scout.”
But the ACLU has practically declared them a hate group. Got the Pentagon to promise no official connections. “Well, I can’t go for that. Mumble, mumble, Jerry Falwell, mumble, both sides have nuts, Ann Coulter, mumble.”
While I sympathize with the ACLU on many issues, I continue to be baffled at some of the causes they champion. One would think that there are sufficient significant threats to our civil liberties to focus on without making, quite literally, a federal case out of such things as the Pledge of Allegiance and the Boy Scouts. By focusing on the trivial, they undermine their own cause.