Some people can't leave the Boy Scouts of America alone. And because of that, now they can't leave the National Geographic Channel alone.
As mentioned on our RE:news page earlier, "The Washington Post" reports that the Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation wants the channel to "add a disclaimer to a new reality series about the Boy Scouts of America -- a group that does not permit openly gay members." The new reality series pits weekend warriors against some of the best Boy Scouts in a competition for merit badges in challenges "based on the Scouts’ century-old guidebook."
Suffice it to say that the Boy Scouts have always required new inductees to take an oath and follow a law. The oath requires a scout to do his best to do his duty to God and country. It ends with the pledge to keep oneself "mentally awake and morally straight." The law includes such things as obedience, thrift, courage and reverence -- all of which are in short supply these days.
As a former Scout (and I am sure many of our readers are as well), it gives me pride to know that those things we pledged ourselves to over the years are so critically important today. Hurrah for NatGeo for not caving so far! I hope they stand strong.