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March 29, 2011

The Boy Scouts of Libya


On March 27, in Ajdabiyah -- which was just trying to recover from three weeks of siege and back-and-forth fighting -- I saw a long line of relief workers and citizens outside the door of the city's Boy Scout headquarters. And yesterday (March 28), again in Ajdabiyah, at a gas station with a wait of several hours (the rebel government decided to give away free gasoline in Ajdabiyah), I saw a middle-aged man in Boy Scout uniform helping to manage the lines and traffic. In a country where formal social institutions have been either gutted or monopolized by a dictator for 42 years, the foundations of civil society can come from interesting places. -- revolutionology

Posted by Vanderleun at March 29, 2011 9:52 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And yet, here in the USA, the Boy Scouts have been a constant litigation target of liberal groups, especially the gay-rights lobby. Leave it to a liberal to support Palestinian terrorists but hate the Boy Scouts.

Posted by: Blastineau at March 29, 2011 12:16 PM

Ever since The United Way cut the Boy Scouts funding for refusing to buckle under to the homosexuals, I've never given them another cent (and I never will). Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent are words Boy Scouts live by, and I can see no wrong in promoting those values. Plus, their oath includes a pledge to be morally straight. I think that last bit might be what pisses people off.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at March 29, 2011 7:07 PM

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