Saturday, April 27, 2013

Stemberger claims that there is an evil conspiracy - "Something Rotten in the Boy Scouts"

John Stemberger
John Stemberger is head of the Christian extremist anti-gay group, Florida Family Policy Council. He has another group called "On My Honor" which opposes scouting for all. Suffice it to say     Stemberger has issues with gay people or, more likely, his own insecurities.

It seems increasingly probable that the Scouts are going to permit gay kids to be members. Even the LDS church supports the latest proposal which would permit gay members but not gay leaders. That doesn't sit well with Stemberger. Stemberger frequently conflates sexual orientation with having sex. As I said he has issues. Now, on his On My Honor website, he is accusing "the front office" of putting a thumb on the scale:
There’s deception going on in the front office of the Boy Scouts. It includes deliberate misrepresentation of polling data, and threats to pack an upcoming meeting with anonymous and unqualified voters so that the Boy Scout policy on homosexuality gets forced on the majority of Scouts and parents who don’t want it.
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The Scout front office released the result of a national survey and “listening” process that purported to show that the Scouts—boys, parents, leaders and donors—favor a change in the policy.
And how is "the front office" manipulating public opinion to deceive parents and sponsors? Well it's a push poll of course. For example:
Here’s the most sympathetic scenario presented to the respondents: “Tom started in the program as a Tiger Cub and finished every requirement for the Eagle Scout award at 16 years of age. At his board of review Tom reveals he is gay. Is it acceptable or unacceptable for the review board to deny his Eagle Scout award based on that admission?”

Read this way, you may conclude that it is not right or just to deny Tom his award.
Indeed, that might actually sound like a push poll because of the absurdity of the circumstances. I am not sure how Stemberger would suggest posing this question. That's about as neutral as you can get in describing an extraordinary potential injustice. However, that is precisely what the Scouts have been doing for decades. They have been denying earned rewards based on sexual orientation.

Stemberger's real problem is that he cannot comprehend why everyone else is not as whacked out about gays as he is. As I have previously written, the issues surrounding the acceptance of gay Scouts closely parallel the discourse over the repeal of DADT. The same crazy people made the same crazy arguments promising that sex-obsessed gays would create a service-wide non-stop fuck-fest. It hasn't happened with the US armed services and it won't happen with the Boy Scouts of America.

Psychologists call it projection.
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