Bozell & Graham Column: Hail the Gender-Fluid Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of America used to be derided as a “traditional values” organization, whose oath spoke of a “duty to God” and whose law insisted scouts be “reverent.’ Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected after they folded on homosexual scouts, and then on homosexual scoutmasters. 

Within a month of being pressured by the case of 8-year-old “Joe” (born Jodi) Maldonado, the BSA folded on God and how “He made them male and female.” Instead, in today’s culture, the secular Left lets man overrule God. This cowardly shell of an organization should just scrap the references to God, and every God-respecting church should jettison their Boy Scout units to the nearest secular gathering place. 

Their statement acknowledged that for many years, they employed common sense: “For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs.”

But it’s a new day, and biological reality is no longer relevant. What Pope Benedict called the “dictatorship of relativism” has overruled tradition: “that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application."

This was a joyous occasion for otherwise depressed libertine leftists at the dawn of the Trump administration. On her Instagram page, singer Miley Cyrus found her happy place: “"Let there be LIGHT!!!!! There is so much devastating information filling our brain lately!....We ARE moving forward! We'll never stop standing up for what is right! Change is here! We just have to create it!” Another former Disney Channel star, Joe Jonas, seconded that emotion: “I was a Boy Scout growing up. Hearing the news today makes me proud.” 

Homosexual celebrity lobbyists were delighted. “Welcoming Transgender Boy Scouts, I'd say the Boy Scouts have come a long way baby,” tweeted Martina Navratilova. “I call this progress,” added Ellen DeGeneres.

Then came the lightning bolts from the newspapers. The Washington Post editorial board welcomed this “reform” that will “move the gender revolution forward.” They hoped reaction to it will show “maturity” and not dissent: “The Scouts’ relatively quick and decisive move on the transgender issue came more easily and quickly than previous reforms. The Boy Scouts appear to have decided to rely on the goodwill of their participants to accept the decision with the maturity the organization preaches to Scouts.”

The New York Times editorial board, which has applied “Jim Crow” segregationist logic toward anyone who would deny the widest berth to gender fluidity, doubled down on being science deniers: “The Boy Scouts are recognizing transgender boys for what they genuinely are: boys. This extends the organization’s values and programs to a wider pool. It also may help a new generation of Americans think more rationally and compassionately about gender identity.” 

Perhaps the next “reform” might be an 11-year-old Boy Scout declaring that he identifies as an Eagle Scout, negating the need for any stinking merit badges or review boards. Since relativism is king, who needs to earn or learn anything these days? Apparently the mission of all community organizations must be centered on “inclusion” and “welcoming,” and everything else trails far behind. 

Brent Bozell
Brent Bozell
Brent Bozell is the Founder and President of the Media Research Center
Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis