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The bullsh*t of the Boy Scouts

The Malcontent rants wonderfully about the hypocritical stance of the Boy Scouts of America, which has, since the Boy Scouts of America v Dale ruling allowed it to declare freedom of association as a private organization to exclude gays because homosexuality is incompatible with its “morally straight” clause.

Penn and Teller’s Bullshit! (on Showtime) exposes the sham that has been enabled by this ruling — the BSA continues to use a ton of federal funds and public accommodations for scouting. Mal:

As an aside, a few years back when I worked in the Senate, I played a bit part in helping to turn back legislative threats to the Scouts’ dependence on government. Even though I was accurately representing the position of my boss, I felt I could do so in good faith, based on my own experience in the Boy Scouts dating back to the early 1980s. But as “Bullshit!” points out, the BSA was hijacked by the Mormon Church in the mid-’80s, and today I’m sickened that I didn’t know the full story before now.

The bottom line is, you cannot have private membership standards that exclude a good swath of the public while continuing to suck off the public teat.

>Bullshit!, btw,

is a wild, enjoyable show. I caught the one on conspiracy theories and laughed my ass off.

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