Nobody’s posted about the Boy Scouts’ next effort to try to appease their religious backers while not appearing to be the most retrograde bigots in the room, so here it is:
The Boy Scouts of America on Friday proposed lifting a ban on gay scouts but maintaining a prohibition on gay adults from leading troops, a compromise that attempts to end a fight that has split the century-old American institution into bitter factions.
Nobody’s really happy with this: gay rights groups don’t think it goes far enough, while the Mormons, who like Scouting almost as much as Jello salads, think it goes too far. What’s interesting about the Mormons is that they’re trying not to repeat their African American blunder with homosexuals:
“It seems like the [Mormon] hierarchy has pulled the plug and is no longer taking the lead in the fight to stop same-sex marriage,” saysFred Karger, the LGBT activist who first exposed the church’s major role in the passage of Prop. 8. “The Mormon Church has lost so many members and suffered such a black eye because of all its anti-gay activities that they really had no choice. I am hopeful that the Catholic Church cannot be far behind.”
Hope in one hand and piss in the other, Fred. The difference between the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church is like the difference between, say, Eureka and Kirby (only the olds will get that reference). Mormons are a direct sales organization focused on growth. They have a door-to-door worldwide sales force just to add new members. And “God Hates Fags” doesn’t sell, so it’s got to go. Catholics have always had a weak sales department–when conquering empires and reproduction do your marketing for you, cold calls are just too hard. So the only way they’re going to discard their anti-gay encyclicals is when they’re pried from the cold, dead hands of the rancid corpses of some old bishops.
In other words, it looks like the Mormons might be getting the Glengarry leads and the Cadillac Eldorado, while the Catholics will be lucky to get the steak knives.
(this is all via Kevin Drum)