Boy Scouts: The Rift be closing in about them … and us

This past Thursday Walt Disney World dropped a Florida Boy Scouts council as a recognized charity for its employees. Henceforth, there will no Disney contributions to that BSA council in an employee’s name. And the reason?


The corporate giant — whose Orlando park is a major destination for “Gay Day” events in early June — will also no longer offer the council or its units grant funding, apparently a signal that the BSA decision, by keeping the adult ban, did not go far enough.


The company is a top-ranked gay-friendly employer, according to the Human Rights Campaign, and in 2013, openly gay executive George Kalogridis was announced as president of Walt Disney World.

News of the policy change appeared on websites, including Scouts for Equality, an advocacy group started by Eagle Scout Zach Wahls to get the BSA to change their previous restrictive membership policies on gays.

I’m not a very relious person, more like agnostic-Lite, and I’m not in the habit of quoting scripture, but it seems that Mr. Kalogridis is at serious risk of running afoul of the following admonition:

And whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me,
it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he were cast into the sea.
–Matthew 18:6,10

French essayist Julien Benda once penned the following:

Humanity did evil for two thousand years, but honored good.
This contradiction was an honor to the human species,
and formed the rift whereby civilization slipped into the world.
–Julien Benda, Treason of the Intellectuals, 1927

What Benda is describing applies only to Western Civilization as being formed by this rift. And if it is closing, Islam — whether or not one can call Islam a “civilization” — and the Chinese aren’t about to be swallowed by that closing. Only us.

In 1992 Roger Kimball wrote a stunning essay about the writings of Messrs. Benda and Finkielkraut with the following heading:

When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture,
the life of the mind loses all meaning.
—Alain Finkielkraut,The Undoing of Thought

Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere.
Who knows if in centuries to come there will not be universities
for re-establishing our former ignorance?
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Today we do know. At least when peering into the ivy corridors of philosophy and ethics, that is.

Whereby we came to this exaggerated public acceptance of homosexuality as an alternative “life-style”, whether or not it be the result of tangled DNA, was much of a mystery to me until I read Dr. Judith Reisman’s law review article, “Crafting Bi/Homosexual Youth”, introduced by this quotation:

The press can both stimulate public opinion and miseducate it . . .
The press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislature, the executive, and judiciary. One would then like to ask: By what law has it been elected and to whom is it responsible.
–Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Harvard University Commencement, 1978

But there’s nothing better than being “top-ranked” when you’re also considered “gay-friendly” by the press, is there? Disney boycott, anyone? Fat chance.


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