Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America have made every U.S. president the organization’s honorary president. Howard Menzer, president of Scouting for All – an organization that advocates allowing homosexuals to serve as scoutmasters – is asking Obama to reject that honor:
“No way should he be involved with a discriminatory group. That would be the best thing that could happen if he said, ‘You discriminate too much for me. I can’t be your honorary president.’ I think that might begin to change a few things.”
Obama was meeting with a delegation of the Boy Scouts in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon, at which time he was to accept the group’s 2008 Report to the Nation.
A Boy Scouts spokesman said Obama has indicated he will accept the title of honorary president.
I did a little digging to see if Bill Clinton was ever asked to reject the same honor. I found this interesting:
All other Americans can become members of the Boy Scouts of America providing they subscribe to their beliefs. Former President Bill Clinton, in 1996, said, “To discriminate against an American is un-American.” Scouting For All asks, “Would we as a society tolerate the BSA discriminating against people of color?
Bill Clinton said what?
Is this the same Bill Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996? Isn’t DOMA considered blatant discrimination against gay people? It seems to me that it’s ok for Bill Clinton to discriminate against gay people, but it’s not ok for the Boy Scouts to do it.
I’m not the POTUS, so I can snub the Boy Scouts. I decided years ago that I would not support them. I don’t ever donate to their fundraisers and I refused to allow my boys to join the organization. But, I don’t agree with Obama turning his nose up at the Boy Scouts anymore than I agreed with George W. Bush snubbing the NAACP in 2004.
Some members of the LGBT community haven’t figured out that asking Obama to snub anti-gay groups will encourage like or similar behavior from other communities. Pretty soon, pro-choice organizations will be asking Obama to ignore anyone who isn’t pro-choice. Religious groups will be asking Obama to ignore anyone who isn’t a Christian American. Black organizations will be asking Obama to ignore anyone who doesn’t donate to the NAACP on a regular basis. This fuck-you-since-I-don’t-agree-with-you mentality will never end if the president of the United States establishes this as the standard for how we deal with people we don’t agree with.