The Boy Scouts of America have booted a transgender boy. Because, uh.
Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts, who were much quicker to accept LGBT (and who currently accept transgendered girls)
SECAUCUS, NJ (WCBS/CNN) – The family of an 8-year-old boy said he was kicked out of Boy Scouts because he is transgender.
Born a female, Jody, now Joe is transgender.
Joe’s mom, Kristie Maldonado, signed him up for Cub Scouts and made it very clear that he was transgender.
After about a month, she said she got a call from the Boy Scouts’ head counsel, saying he could no longer be part of the organization
The Boy Scouts had to be on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism and legal threats before they moved from the 19th century to the 20th century. What will it take to get them to finally move to the 21st? I did a bit of searching around and couldn’t find any reason the Boy Scouts gave for their actions. Would anyone like to bet that the first justification they reach for is bathroom issues?
The tragic part is that the Boy Scouts are supposedly building the next generation of American Leaders. Well, this is not how to go about doing it. I hate to say it, but if you’re trying to teach leadership, teaching hatred and gender norms (and probably a good dose of toxic masculinity) is not on. They should be teaching future leaders about Plato, Voltaire, Machiavelli* and Rawls, not how to carve little cars out of basswood or make bonfires. They should be teaching future leaders about logistics, and studying Sun Tzu, not collecting merit badges for trivial accomplishments.WLBT Ms News Now: Transgender Boy Kicked Out of Boy Scouts
(* Machiavelli is very important in political philosophy, but needs to be understood in context. He was a sycophant to power – sort of like an old-school Bill O’Reilly – “The Prince” is an extended fluffjob for Lorenzo DeMedici and shouldn’t be taken literally.)