Some Comic Relief: Jon Stewart and William Dameron on the Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policy

Following up on an earlier post about the Boy Scouts, I thought I’d provide some comic relief by linking to the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and to a blog post by William Dameron. Both Stewart and Dameron poke fun at the Scouts’ decision to reaffirm their antigay policy, and both of them made me laugh aloud.

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The Anti-Gay Policy that Dare not Speak its Name (or, an Exercise in Insulting the Reader)

A stamp issued on February 8, 1960, for the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts in the U.S. As interpreted by the organization’s current leadership, the Scout oath is incompatible with being openly gay or bisexual.

News and commentary continue to sprout up all over the Internet about the recent reaffirmation by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of its anti-gay policy. I’m pleased to see all the coverage, as it draws attention to an important issue affecting millions of young people. Plus, most of the coverage has been favorable, or at least fair, to those advocating for equality and inclusiveness. Among the BSA news items that most struck me, however, was a piece written by the chief scout executive, Bob Mazzuca, and the BSA’s national president, Wayne Perry; together they penned a defense of the policy for a recent installment of the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” series. I’m not sure what the authors intended, but their contribution to the debate is so evasive and transparently inaccurate that it’s much worse than merely unpersuasive: It’s also an insult to the reader.  

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LGBT Youth Allies’ Global News Roundup #3

I’m conflicted about starting this third Global News Roundup with a story about (and photo of) Bristol Palin, but here I go anyway:

 

  • Bristol Palin denies on her blog that her son Tripp used the antigay slur “f*gg*t” in a widely circulated video (available here from Towleroad). “[H]e used a different ‘f word,'” she writes. (The young Ms. Palin then takes the opportunity to reaffirm her opposition to marriage equality.) The video clip bleeps out part of the word, but based on what’s audible, it seems likely to me that the word was an antigay slur and not some variation on the more generic “f word.” (Photo of Ms. Palin courtesy of Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA-3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.)
  • In other national news, Zack Ford from Think Progress comments on the American Family Association’s ongoing, unhinged criticisms of Office Depot. Office Depot is partnering with the Born This Way Foundation–formed by Lady Gaga, her mother Cynthia Germanotta, and others–to create a line of back-to-school products (such as gift cards, post-it notes, and bracelets) with anti-bullying messages, including “Be Brave” and “Be Accepting.” Additional coverage from the Huff Post appears here.

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“It Gets Better” Video of the Week: A Gay Eagle Scout Speaks About BSA’s Anti-Gay Policy

In light of the recent reaffirmation by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of its destructive and reprehensible policy that bans gay scouts and scoutmasters, the first installment of our “It Gets Better” video-of-the-week series comes from Eagle Scout Ross Armstrong. You can watch the inspiring video from the It Gets Better Project by clicking here.

In its recent written statement about the anti-gay policy (a policy which also, by the way, discriminates based on religion by prohibiting membership by atheists), the BSA claims that it “welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path” (emphasis mine).

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