Who am I kidding?! Just count yourself lucky I remembered writing about this stuff in the first place.
Now I'm following up:
Scouting nearly reaches the 21st Century
Put aside, for a moment, the weirdness that Robert Gates, former CIA chief, now runs the Boy Scouts of America.
Forget that the premier organization for American boys selected as its president the chief spook, the guy who ran the U.S. Defense Department under a couple of presidents. Forget that after a lifetime of controversial statesmanship, seeing the world's dark horror firsthand, Robert Gates now wants to be the chief Scoutmaster.
Consider instead that Gates quickly unleashed some reality on Boy Scouts: It needs to lift its ban on gay leaders.
Scouting earlier this year had changed its policy to allow gay Scouts, but not gay adult leaders. It was a massive empty gesture, looking progressive but effectively doing nothing but the same ol' same ol.'
"We'll help you become a man, and work that gayness right out of you so you can be a right-thinkin' red-blooded American adult."
Not gonna happen.
Gates said as much when he spoke to Scout leaders earlier this month at its annual meeting.
“I was prepared to go further than the decision that was made," Gates said to the Associated Press before the meeting. "I would have supported having gay Scoutmasters, but at the same time, I fully accept the decision that was democratically arrived at by 1,500 volunteers from across the entire country."
Enrollment dropped after Scouting's decision. The decision has divided Scouting. Gates' first task is to shore up flagging membership. But his direction is the right one. Whether Scouting installed him as the tough-talking high-profile figure to do what the organization couldn't — speak truth to power — it's the right direction.
Opponents arose anew.
Headlines for Gates' speech included, "Robert Gates Caves on Gay Agenda for Boy Scouts," from Newsmax.com ("Independent. American." is its tagline; "consistently way right of center" would be more accurate); "Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles," from the Catholic Crisis Magazine.