My recollections of a youth spent in the Boy Scouts do not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery, just as my recollections of an adulthood covering big city politics does not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery.
When you're dealing with adolescent boys, life can get messy (which is an apt description of San Francisco government, when you come to think about it). But if you're lost in the wilderness and have only one match — I can help. If you need anything tied up or lashed together, I can do that, too. The best lessons of Boy Scouts are carried well into later life.
Considering Boy Scouts of America purports to instill boys with the values and leadership experience that will make them into better men, it has always pained me that the organization upheld and doubled down on its ignorant and hateful policies banning openly homosexual and atheist scouts and leaders. Far from turning boys into men, these sorts of policies reinforce the worst behavior of insecure adolescents. Yesterday's release of 20 years of “perversion files” is more than disappointing, however. It's heartbreaking.
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