Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) is not happy about the pressure on the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay Scouts, a decision being weighed today by Scout leaders from across the country. Earlier this week, he spent some time on the House floor decrying the “intolerant Left” because of how it “bullies and browbeats” the BSA into abandoning values of right and wrong:
BRIDENSTINE: I rise today as an Eagle Scout and one who has a stake in the future of our Scouting programs. Some of us in America still believe in the concept of sexual morality, that sex is intended for one man and one woman within the institution of marriage. Organizations that hold this philosophy and promote it among our youth should be commended, or at least you would think, tolerated. Unfortunately, the intolerant Left bullies and browbeats private organizations like the Boy Scouts into accepting their philosophy. Notice they didn’t start their own organization. They went after the Boy Scouts of America.
The Left’s agenda is not about tolerance, and it’s not about diversity of thought. It’s about presenting a worldview of relativism, where there is no right and wrong. Then using the full force of the government to silence opposition and reshape organizations like the Boy Scouts into instruments for social change.
To my friends on the Left, this is not tolerance. but here’s the good news about true tolerance. The most tolerant one of all has the ability to redeem us all.
Watch it (HT: Towleroad):
Bridenstine’s insinuation is that homosexuality is wrong, and gay people should not be able to participate equally in their communities. It’s unclear how such a philosophy constitutes “tolerance” or an embrace of “diversity.”