posted on Sep, 27 2012 @ 12:01 PM
I'm a fan of Penn And Teller's show, Bullsh**. One of their episodes is aimed at the Boy Scouts of America and how they now discriminate against
homosexuals and atheists.
The main points of the show is that it has been co-opted by the Mormon Church and is being turned into another Christian group who discriminates
against anything that isn't Christian. This discrimination is something new, and has only been around for a few decades now.
And in fact, they changed the Scout Oath so that it encourages a duty to God before country and to people. This is something you'll learn from
watching this episode if you decide to watch it.
In the past I would've said so what? Such is their right to because it's a private organization. Private organizations have their rights to
determined who they want in their groups. It may be deplorable because it is discrimination
But what floored me in watching this episode was that I learned is that the BSA receives public funds for its activities.
And that has caused me to turn against the BSA. I'm sorry, but if you're going to use public funding that means you should be open to the public and
you should not discriminate against people. Or you should not use use public funds to support your beliefs and activities. Discrimination is wrong,
even in a private group, but it's somehow more wrong to discriminate if you're a public group. I'm sorry, but I don't know how else to explain it,
this is how i feel about the matter.
I strongly believe in civil rights and liberties for all Americans. The unfortunate part to this is that a private group does have the right to
discriminate against people it doesn't want, even if it is a deplorable action.
But being public is not private. The Supreme Court has ruled that being in public means there is no right to privacy in some cases. That's how
Paparazzi are able to get public photos of celebrities. If something is completely open to the public, there is no right to discriminate.
I can't put a link to the episode here, because it has foul language in it and will be trashed, but you can find the full episode on you tube. I
would love to post the video here to show you, though.
So in short, I can no longer support the BSA discriminatory practices any more because it uses public funding. If it didn't use public funding, I
would still say "so what" to the objections of some people, because I firmly believe in the right to privacy and the right of association.