WashPost 'On Faith' Editor Sally Quinn Still Hates the Boy Scouts Until They're 'Welcoming' to Atheists

The naked empress of The Washington Post’s “On Faith” page was at it again on Saturday, displaying for everyone that everything she writes is about the worship of secular liberalism and the protection of atheists, gay “pride” activists, and other God-haters who genuflect only to the ACLU.

Like many leftists, Sally Quinn can’t be happy that the gay lobby and corporate America have  turned the formerly reverent Boy Scouts of America into everything “tolerant” and “welcoming” (unless you’re one of those Bible-thumpers). They aren’t all the way there yet. They’re still contemptible until they have gay scoutmasters and atheist scouts. Sure, “little Johnny” can be gay as a teen, but then what?

Overnight, Johnny will go from being a model Scout to a pariah. Or he will have to lie. He will have to live a lie. What should Johnny do?

Let’s make it more complicated. Little Johnny,  when he was younger, recited the Boy Scout Oath. “On my honor,” he would say, three fingers raised, “I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” (Clearly, morally straight is in the eye of the beholder.)

There it is -- the objection to someone putting a loaded phrase like "morally straight" in their oath. While she's at it, why doesn't Quinn object to "physically strong" as well, since that's insensitive to disabled children, and well, what if Johnny is a bit of a 98-pound weakling? It continued:

Now let’s say, around age 15, when he realized he was gay, Johnny started having doubts about God. He couldn’t understand how there could be a God who would allow so much suffering in the world. He also didn’t quite understand who or what God was. He tried to pray, but he felt that nobody was listening. He really wanted to believe in God, but it didn’t make sense to him. He learned the word atheist and began to realize that he might be one. He also learned that the Boy Scouts banned atheists. It was against the Scout Law (a Scout is reverent).

Johnny has a problem. If he says he is an atheist, he will have to quit and never be able to have anything to do with Scouting again. So, he pretends to believe in God. When he says the oath, he mumbles the part about duty to God and just says country. He lives a lie.

The good news is that after Johnny turns 18, he will be able to come out of the closet as a gay man and an atheist and finally live a life of truth. The bad news is that the Boy Scouts have turned Johnny into a liar, denied him his life ambition, kept him from fulfilling his potential, taught him that he is not a valued member of society and, worst of all, deprived the Boy Scouts of one of the best leaders the organization could have.

Talk about “honor.”

Notice how Quinn prizes “truth” and authenticity – when you’re a liberal. She obviously doesn’t believe there’s a single conservative or Christian in The Washington Post building who’s “living a lie” and suppressing their beliefs to keep employed. The same is going to start happening in the Boy Scouts – people who are “anti-gay” won’t be welcome because they’re not “welcoming.” The "intolerant" will not be tolerated.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis