Friday, October 18, 2013

Utah boy scout leaders demonstrate why organization only allows heterosexuals to be role models

From the Salt Lake City Tribune's description of the now-viral YouTube video it reposted, before the fence posts who made it eventually figured out they probably should remove the incriminating evidence from Facebook:
Three men, tagged as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, push over large rock boulders in Goblin Valley, Utah in this video posted to Hall's Facebook page. They claim they are preventing a safety hazard, but the activity in the video is likely illegal. Utah state parks authorities are investigating, and the three are facing felony charges.
     JoeMyGod adds that the formations in Goblin Valley State Park date to the [late] Jurassic period, about 160 million years ago. The rock formation these goobers wrecked is said to be about 20 million years old.
     Obviously this stunt violated the well-known Boy Scout imperative to "Leave No Trace."

     While researching this post, AKSARBENT discovered (in Principle #3, of the preceding Leave No Trace link, which starts with an sweet anecdote from Nebraska's own Loren Eisley) that the Boy Scouts have an exhaustively specific policy about absolutely everything, even spreading human waste to distribute the salt in pee to discourage attracting animals. To whit:
It is easy for men to properly dispose of urine. While urinating, we write our name in cursive to spread the urine.
     Here at AKSARBENT we worry about how the Boy Scouts are addressing the fact that a lot of text-mad modern kids don't know how to write in cursive. Is this taught too? If so, what props are used by the Scout Leaders in so doing?

Related: Over 400 million Boy Scout Handbooks (the directive above is for Scout Leader training) have been published; the last three editions (10, 11 & 12) were written by Robert Birkby, a native of Sidney, Iowa, who also authored the BSA Fieldbook (4th edition) and the Eagle Scouts Centennial History. He supports inclusion of gay scouts.

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