Philadelphia is on fire.
First Will Smith and his rocker wife Jada had to lead a march through town this past weekend to ask the residents of the city of brotherly love to stop killing each other and now the Boy Scouts are being run out of town. Thank God.
Seeing the group's anti-gay stance as a violation of the city's anti-discrimination laws, Philadelphia's mayor wants to evict the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts from a city-owned building. Here, here Mayor Street.
The closet-case Boy Scouts' ideas are stupid and dangerous...they're not a religion but a glorified hate group. I have always been suspicious of adult men who become obsessed with children and their activities -- from Boy Scouts to Little League to NSYNC, the U.S. has created many a haven for sexual deviants to lord power over stupid, impressionable children. I remember one Boy Scout troop leader coming into my elementary school classroom when I was about 8 or 9; he was all polished and cute, and I couldn't wait to go on his camping trip in the woods. Then I remember the look on my mother's face when I told her some white guy wanted to take me camping Upstate. A mother always knows....
Anyway, I say kick the Scouts out of the building and let them meet in a field somewhere under a burning cross to engage in their flag worship and pseudo-Christian hate mongering.
While kicking the Scouts out of the building is a great move, Mayor Street better have a plan to address the needs of at-risk youth in his city. The spotlight is on his city now, first for rampant violence and now for his bold decision to promote tolerance among government-sanctioned groups. This is an excellent opportunity for the mayor to open up the channels of dialogue with his constituents to say that the children of Philadelphia come first and that while promoting bigotted ideas is a questionable alternative to street violence, it's time to enlist the support of serious, conscientious adults in the fight to save the future of the city's children.