Two American icons collided recently over their separate beliefs concerning the gay lifestyle, and that collision will now only serve to hurt those targeted most by each group.
As reported by numerous news outlets this week, The Walt Disney Company has announced it will cut its funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because it does not agree with the BSA’s ban on gay adult leaders.
Simply put, Mickey Mouse’s creators can’t, won’t and don’t feel they can align themselves with the Boy Scout organization’s stand on homosexuals.
The BSA’s decades-old ban on gay youth participating in scouting was lifted as of Jan. 1, but its ban on gay adult leaders remained — and we agree fully with both decisions. Opening its arms to troubled youth who envision themselves as gay is a worthwhile and necessary cause. But keeping children from being influenced by the perverted lifestyle of adult homosexuals is just as worthwhile and necessary.
The shame of all this is that pulling money away from the Boy Scouts of America is a Goofy decision, because it will only mean the BSA will have a more difficult time serving America’s youth.
It is a shame that folks and organizations who believe in Christian values are so quickly labeled as homophobes and, in cases like this, money is used as a weapon against them.
We sincerely hope that the Boy Scouts of America won’t cave in to the monetary pressures and continue to stand tall in their decision to ban adult homosexuals from becoming leaders of young boys. And we give credit to the national organization for continuing in their attempt to resolve the situation with the animated cartoon giant — though Disney has shown no indication it is willing to bend.
If Disney really wants to come across to its world-wide fans as an open-minded corporation, then it should be willing to come down from its self-appointed Dopey pedestal and open its wallet to those who have different beliefs than its own.
In the meantime, we are certain the Boy Scouts of America will continue to be the strong, positive role model it has always been for young boys throughout the world. Disney can’t take that away — and its decision to withhold donations to the BSA shows just how Minnie-minded the company really is.