Back when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was being considered for elimination, Conservatives were falling all over themselves predicting that it would lead to a mass exodus from the military because, well, the military is full of manly men and manly men don’t like gays. The mass exodus of manly men from the military has not happened. Now they are predicting that the same thing will happen to the Boy Scouts if their discriminatory policy against gays is removed.
Texas Governor and former GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry told reporters that “Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization. I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I… To have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate. . .I think you get tolerance and diversity every day in Scouting.”
But it was former Senator Rick Santorum who claimed that any change to the policy would be “a challenge to the Scouts’ very nature” and that it would cause a mass exodus. Santorum wrote at World Net Daily that “Many [Scouts] will simply leave and pursue alternative ways to continue to invest in the development of their young men’s character, leaving the Scouts hollowed out at its core.”
The BSA is pursuing the same tactics that they did when they first ended discrimination against Blacks in their ranks. That was as bitterly opposed by the same religious groups that are now bitterly opposing the repeal of the anti-gay policy.
It comes down to this, though. The BSA can either die a fast death with the mass exodus of anti-gay people leaving, or die a slow death as the pro-gay people walk away or refuse to join.