In a pre-Superbowl interview President Obama came out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on “gays.” CBS’s Scott Pelley said, “next week the board of the Boy Scouts of America is going to vote on whether to end their national ban on gays in scouting. Should scouting be open to the gays?” And Obama’s response was unequivocal: “Yes.” When asked, “why so,” Obama explained,
“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life. And The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from that.”
But not everyone is as committed to, like, equality, fairness, opportunity and access. Guess who hearts the ban against gay membership! I’ll give you a hint. They’re both named Rick.
Intellectual heavyweight Governor Rick Perry offered an extremely thoughtful analysis on why the Scouts should stay gay-free:
“Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization. I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I… To have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”
In other words, change is inappropriate. That should be the GOP’s official motto. Another Rick, Rick Santorum, is also against dropping the ban, as he subtly suggested in a WND column entitled “Stop the War on Scouts.” So, the “War on Women” is a figment of our Feminazi imagination, but the War on Scouts is real? I think Santorum’s confusing that with a fight against intolerance, bigotry and homophobia.