October 24, 2006, - 12:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Maybe this should be filed under: “Why Not to Allow Your Son to be a Boy Scout in Los Angeles.”
The Boy Scouts in L.A. can now earn a patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music. Thankfully, since it’s only an activity patch, this insipid activity is not required to advance in the scouts, as a merit badge is.
From an AP story:
Scouts also must choose one activity from a list that includes visiting a movie studio to see how many people can be harmed by film piracy. They also can create public service announcements urging others not to steal movies or music.
It figures that the Boy Scouts–maligned especially in Hollywood for not allowing atheist scouts or gay scoutmasters–would bow down to Hollywood. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Right?
How about a patch for learning about the dangers of terrorists and extremist Muslims, the dangers of the content of the copyrighted Hollywood propaganda, or something more useful than that?
Don’t expect that in America. Everyone knows the most important thing facing America is protecting the lucre of the entertainment industry. Teach the Scouts that, while they’re young.
Glad to see the Scouts in L.A. have re-adjusted their priorities in all the right ways. We think a patch for saying the Shehadah [oath of martyrdom, which is all that needs to be uttered to declare yourself a Muslim] must be coming next.
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