Boy Scouts welcome transgender boys and culture warriors freak out
It’s time for another high-dudgeon tantrum in the culture wars!
“Starting today,” the organization’s statement read, “we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”
The BSA noted that many states and municipalities now protect against discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
… [R]eligious conservatives were upset by the change. Jonathan Keller, CEO of the California Family Council, was quick to tell ThinkProgress that he found the BSA’s decision “tragically sad.” Despite the proud legacy of Eagle Scouts in his family, he will now refuse to let his children participate in the organization alongside transgender boys.
Denny Burk, who has pioneered the Southern Baptist Convention’s condemnations of transgender people, also mourned the decision, regurgitating fake research rejecting trans identities from the conservative hate group the American College of Pediatricians (not to be confused with the legitimate American Academy of Pediatricians).
“I can’t help but grieve that the Boy Scouts are going along with this radical redefinition of what it means to be a boy,” Burk wrote. “They are making a big mistake in this, and it will be one that hurts not only their organization but also the very boys they wish to serve.”