The Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Is Not Just Financial. It’s Moral


Originally published at The Federalist Jan 2, 2019
Although it may be near declaring bankruptcy, Scouting’s problems go beyond the financial, deep into the problems with America’s civil culture today.
Alfred Siewers

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What’s left of the Boy Scouts of America (now operating as Scouts BSA) is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, according to recent news reports. With estimated assets of more than $1 billion, Scouting’s problems go beyond the financial, deep into the problems with America’s civil culture today.

The U.S. Boy Scout movement reached its numerical height in 1969 with 6 million members, in a year with President Richard M. Nixon as honorary head of the Scouts and Eagle Scout astronaut Neil Armstrong stepping out on the moon.

I was a Cub Scout that year, once a week proudly wearing my uniform to Armstrong Elementary School in our Chicago neighborhood, heading to our well-attended den meeting right after school. My liberal Democratic parents signed me up, my dad a World War II veteran supportive of Scouting’s patriotism.

Fast-forward ahead nearly 50 years: Scout membership has dropped toward 2 million. The impending departure of the Latter Day Saints troops this year will drop that total by one-fifth. Our local school district in conservative central Pennsylvania won’t allow promoting Scouting at school. In our college town, many in the woke local elite now despise Scouting as neo-Nazi and white nationalist, despite efforts to change the national movement to please progressives. My son’s local troop closed recently for lack of members, and so did others in the area.

The national organization faces large lawsuits due to alleged cases of sexual abuse as state legislatures change the statute of limitations on such cases. It also faces a lawsuit from the Girl Scouts for poaching on their membership by changing its name recently to Scouts BSA and recruiting girls.

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Wall Street’s New Rule Is ‘Avoid Women At All Cost’


It’s amazing how “empowered women” seamlessly transition into “damsels in distress” whenever it suits them.


#MeToo Backfires: Wall Street’s New Rule Is ‘Avoid Women At All Cost’

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Dec. 04, 2018


No one could have predicted this!
From Bloomberg:

No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.

In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way?

Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.

Just ignore the fact #MeToo made life infinitely harder for men.

Call it the Pence Effect, after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has said he avoids dining alone with any woman other than his wife. In finance, the overarching impact can be, in essence, gender segregation.

Interviews with more than 30 senior executives suggest many are spooked by #MeToo and struggling to cope. “It’s creating a sense of walking on eggshells,” said David Bahnsen, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley who’s now an independent adviser overseeing more than $1.5 billion.

Many are also having their lives destroyed due to false accusations.

Now, more than a year into the #MeToo movement — with its devastating revelations of harassment and abuse in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and beyond — Wall Street risks becoming more of a boy’s club, rather than less of one.

“Women are grasping for ideas on how to deal with it, because it is affecting our careers,” said Karen Elinski, president of the Financial Women’s Association and a senior vice president at Wells Fargo & Co. “It’s a real loss.”

Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps!

There’s a danger, too, for companies that fail to squash the isolating backlash and don’t take steps to have top managers be open about the issue and make it safe for everyone to discuss it, said Stephen Zweig, an employment attorney with FordHarrison.

“If men avoid working or traveling with women alone, or stop mentoring women for fear of being accused of sexual harassment,” he said, “those men are going to back out of a sexual harassment complaint and right into a sex discrimination complaint.”

This is the ridiculous situation we now find ourselves in.

Being accused of sexual discrimination is nothing compared to being falsely accused of rape, so don’t expect this trend to reverse.

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The Scouts’ Inclusion Of Girls Is A DISASTER For Both Boys And Girls


Don’t claim you weren’t warned, fathers of America. Why aren’t you up in arms over this ? ? ?

 

dailycaller.com

Gary Bauer | President, American Values

The Boy Scouts of America dropped the word “Boy” from its name this month following an earlier decision to begin allowing girls to participate in its programs. The organization will now be known as “Scouts BSA.”

So like KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken), the SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test) and NARAL (formerly the National Abortion Rights Action League), the Scouts have clumsily turned its name into an acronym whose letters officially stand for…nothing.

Which is appropriate, actually, given the Scouts’ recent departure from the values it once stood for. In 2013, the organization began admitting openly gay scouts. And in 2015, it ended a prohibition on gay Scout leaders. Last year, it even began allowing girls who identify as boys to participate.

This is a shame. The Boy Scouts used to be a place where boys learned to become men. They were taught not only how to tie a knot and build a fire but also how to work in a team, manage their time, control their emotions and stay fit. They were even taught about the value of faith and patriotism.

When I was growing up, to call someone “a boy scout” was to say that he was morally upright, resourceful and honest—someone you could trust to help your mother out of a jam or would approve of dating your sister or marrying your daughter.

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Ripping down needed gender barriers is psychologically damaging to men, boys


Here’s an outstanding essay from Bill Thompson, editorial page editor of Waxahchietx’ newspaper, “The Ledger.”

Meanwhile, February has produced a wave of stories from across the country about the formation of all-girl Boy Scout troops. As of Feb. 1, the Scouts began accepting girls from fifth grade on, and young ladies are responding in droves to remake an institution that for a century chartered a rite for passage for countless young American males.

After reading it — and it’s very mild accepting all feminist canards — ask yourself, “What about the boys?”

Indeed, their identity has just been destroyed, castrated before their voices changed.

Not one single GoGrrl or PhD Mom has given a damn about the harm done to our boys or the dreams and validation stolen from them in an orgy of selfish appropriation.

Damn the Boy Scouts of America Inc to hell for what they’ve done.


Bill Thompson

Editorial Page Editor
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla
Feb 27, 2019 at 10:07 PM

Last month both Gillette and the American Psychological Association tackled “toxic masculinity.”

Gillette suggested in a controversial commercial that all men, except for those sufficiently “woke,” are sexual deviants, bullies, or some other form of knuckle-dragging lowlife unfit for civil society.

The APA, meanwhile, issued a paper saying “socialization for conforming to traditional” — read toxic — “masculinity ideology” had stunted men emotionally, made them more prone to violence and subsequently discipline, caused health problems that routinely shortened their lifespans, and produced other unwelcome outcomes.

The APA’s solution: more men need to have their heads examined.

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Let boys be Boys Scouts, and girls be Girl Scouts


From The Union newspaper:

Terry McAteer
Columnist

I am proud to be an Eagle Scout. My father was an Eagle and son, Gregory, is one as well. That is not to say, though, that I’m proud of Scouting.

The national organization has recently morphed Scouting to the point that girls can now be Boy Scouts. I realize that all boys and girls should be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent but, really, girls in Boy Scouts is over the top.

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BSA Membership Tumbled Amid Scandals and Decision to Allow Girls — Now They’re on the Brink of Bankruptcy


BSA Membership Tumbled Amid Scandals and Decision to Allow Girls — Now They’re on the Brink of Bankruptcy

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Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decided to allow girls into their program after their membership began falling, but the numbers continued to tumble thereafter, leaving the organization facing potential bankruptcy.

BSA’s program, for 11 to 17-year-olds, planned to change the name to Scouts BSA, with members referring to themselves as “scouts,” rather than “boy” or “girl” — they were also looking to allow older girls to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The announcement was met with a lot of criticism, especially when it came to their sister organization, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). GSUSA’s Chief Customer Lisa Margosian previously said they were “disappointed” in BSA’s handling of the situation.

When announcing the change in 2017, the BSA said in a statement the “historic decision” was made after receiving many requests from families and girls interested in the program.

Consideration of declaring bankruptcy

BSA’s move toward allowing girls and transgender boys into their programs lead to a continual downfall in membership in recent years and now the organization is facing bankruptcy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Filing for bankruptcy comes amidst legal costs in the organization’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.

In a BSA statement released on Wednesday, Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh said they are working to “explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scout of America continues uninterrupted.”

After their decision to open the doors in their program to other genders and change the name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — which was one of the organization’s largest sponsors — cut their ties to the BSA after a relationship of over 100 years.

In November, the GSUSA filed a trademark lawsuit against BSA for dropping the word “boy” from their flagship program, claiming it caused confusion among the public and creating complications as “parents interested in signing up for Girl Scouts programs have instead mistakenly signed up for the new girls’ programs offered by BSA,” NBC News reported.

The organization has hired Sidley Austin LLP law firm as they look to possibly file for chapter 11 bankruptcy, WSJ reported.

The BSA’s future depends partly on the “outcome of sex-abuse-related litigation and future damages awarded,” according to WSJ.

Surbaugh said in the statement that “at no time in our history have we knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth” and that they act quickly to address those issues related to abuse allegations.

According to WSJ, BSA leaders commented saying the latest lawsuit could cause BSA “to pay damages out of its own funds to the extent the claims are not covered by insurance or if the insurance carriers are unable or unwilling to honor the claims.”

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The hefty costs due to sexual abuse allegations and the organization’s downfall in membership could lead the 108-year-old nonprofit to declare bankruptcy.

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