So, Barack Obama has said that he wants the Boy Scouts of America to stop discriminating against gays. Currently, the Boy Scouts kick out any members that they discover to be anything but heterosexual. When asked about his opinion on the matter, Obama said he’d like that policy to end.
That’s a nice statement. As a statement, however, it doesn’t actually change anything.
Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are having a meeting this week at which they will decide whether to approve or deny a new proposal regarding membership of non-heterosexuals as Boy Scouts. Despite what many people have claimed, the proposal being considered this week would not end discrimination against gays by the Boy Scouts of America. The proposal would merely allow some chapters of the Boy Scouts to choose to stop discriminating against gays, while allowing other chapters to continue their anti-gay discrimination, with the full support of the national Boy Scouts of America.
Imagine if the USA gave states the right to decide whether women could vote, or whether people could be segregated according to race. That arrangement would most certainly not be considered an advance in the struggle against discrimination.
This week, leaders of the Boy Scouts of America will vote either to impose system-wide discrimination against gays, or to have a more localized system of discrimination against gays. Either way, the Boy Scouts of America will continue to support discrimination against gays.
Barack Obama, if he really meant what he said, if he truly opposed discrimination by the Boy Scouts against gays, wouldn’t just talk. He would do something about it.
If Barack Obama really wanted to do something to help end the shameful discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts, would resign his position as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America.
Barack Obama won’t do that, however.
He wants to keep the anti-gay bigots on his side.