The all-too-common hashtag on the Internet for stories of businesses that cave to leftist pressure groups and alienate their customers is “Get ‘woke,’ go broke.” I also like the more literary quote from the great humorist James Thurber, who once observed that “You might as well fall flat on your face as bend over too far backwards.” One recent victim of a face-plant by social justice warrior-mollification was Dick’s Sporting Goods, whose decision to jump on the gun control bandwagon may result in them having to close their entire outdoor-focused “Field & Stream” store chain.
Sadly, the next institution to be killed off by caving in to “progressivism,” feminism, transgenderism and all the other politically correct “ism’s” might be the Boy Scouts of America. That once bedrock-American organization has suffered such a drop in membership that it just hired a law firm to help with a possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
I take no pleasure in reporting that. The BSA was a terrific organization that’s helped generations of boys grow up into responsible, trustworthy men. It’s a tragedy to see it fall so hard, and to fall for the currently fashionable notion that masculinity is somehow “toxic.” What should be obvious by now is that divisive, intolerant, leftist identity group politics is what’s really toxic. Look at how many great things it’s killed by infecting them.
Fortunately, no matter what happens to the hollowed-out husk of what remains of the once-great Boy Scouts of America (which is so ashamed of doing positive things for boys that it actually changed its name to hide that fact), there are a growing number of alternatives modeled after the original, pre-PC-infected group. The Mormon Church, which had a long affiliation with the Scouts, is launching its own offshoot in 2020 (that’s expected to take away about a third of the current Scout membership, which is already down to just over half of what it was at its peak.) And there are others, including one called Trail Life USA that focuses on “traditional Christian values” and already has attracted over 20,000 members.
There will always be a need for organizations to help boys grow up into good men, so if one fails in its mission, others will arise to take its place. It’s sad that the Boy Scout leadership allowed this to happen to them. There’s an old saying that many Scoutmasters used to quote: “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” They should have realized that when you allow your moral roots to be bent, the tree dies.