“Be prepared. That’s the Boy Scouts’ marching song. Be prepared, as through life you march along.” Tom Lehrer wrote that ditty over 60 years ago. It ended with this: “If you’re looking for adventure of a new and different kind, and you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined, don’t be nervous, don’t be flustered, don’t be scared. Be prepared!” It was funny then. It’s not so funny now.
The Boy Scouts are about to change policy, despite the fact that the Supreme Court said the Scouts do not have to do this. The Scouts will accept homosexual Scoutmasters and boys.
Think back 60 years ago. Would you have imagined this? “If you’re looking for adventure of a new and different kind, and you come across a Boy Scout who is similarly inclined, don’t be nervous, don’t be flustered, don’t be scared. Be prepared!”
First they recruit. Then they recruit.
If the Scouts do this, will straight parents pull their sons out overnight? Will every family say “enough is enough”? Will the Scouts disappear by the end of the year? Of course not.
Boycotts are legitimate tools of persuasion. In a voluntary society, we have the right to say “no.” We need more of these rights. But this right still exists with respect to joining a club.
Will parents be allowed to organize a boycott? Will there be cries of “hate crime” when parents say in public, “Not with our sons, you don’t”? Will they be sued?