Henry Rollins: Embrace Your Homophobia, Boy Scouts of America
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I never had any interest in being involved with the Boy Scouts. Now and then, I would see a group of these young, uniformed wolverines at a monument or museum, being hustled around by an adult, and I knew that it would never be for me. I reckoned it was a gateway to humiliation and steady beatings. I had no idea what they were about, but their organized zeal intimidated me.
In my early teens, I would go to a local church on Friday nights and wait for my friend Ian MacKaye to get out of his Scout meeting so we could go hit the streets. I knew some of the guys there from the neighborhood. None of them seemed to take it too seriously. Their scoutmaster, a man who smiled perpetually and spasmodically jerked his eyebrows up and down, seemed like a nice enough guy. It did seem to me that he was way more into it than the rest of them were.
I can't remember what they did at the meetings but, like I said, I would only come in toward the end and hang around, like the outsider kid from another planet where they had no Scouts.
There was one guy, unusually large for his age or perhaps a year older than the rest of them, who for some reason didn't like me. One time when I was there, he started in on me and said we had to wrestle. I cannot express to you how little this proposition appealed to me.
There was no getting out of it, however, and soon enough we were wrestling. It was no contest -- the guy was all over me. I didn't put up much resistance. I just wanted it to be over. On the other hand, he was really into it. After he turned me loose, he calmed down and was a little more friendly.
I was thinking about all this because the Boy Scouts of America, or BSA for short, is considering easing up its ban on homosexuals and atheists. The Scouts have a ban? They absolutely do.
Check out its oath. The God part is right at the top and the "don't even think about it, you fags" part is right at the end:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake and morally straight.
That the BSA is even considering lifting the ban has a lot of people freaking out. If you let these gay, god-hating boys into the Scouts, they will immediately start forwarding their homo agenda!