Saturday, November 17, 2007

More About "Pro-War" Cambridge Boy Scouts

"Local Boy Scouts Accused of Being Too 'Pro-War'" - A paragraph telling how Cambridge narrowly escaped supporting American troops, plus a video.

Those Cambridge Boy Scouts have two strikes against them.

First, they put those "Pro-War" donation boxes at Cambridge, Massachusetts, poling places. The provocative phrase "Support Our Troops" seems to have been on the containers.

Second, the Boy Scouts (who are known uniform-wearers) did not get permission from the election board to set up the donation boxes. Out here in Reality, where I live, that might be a valid point.

Even though the Cambridge Boy Scouts affronted the sensibilities of Cambridge's culture, I noted that they had made an effort to fit in:
  • The donation boxes were diverse - brown and white, cardboard and plastic, in peaceful co-existence
  • When interviewed, the Boy Scouts, well-known for their militaristic practice of wearing uniforms, wore ordinary-looking civilian clothing
Yes, I'm being facetious.

The idea of disrespecting the Boy Scouts because they wear uniforms is ridiculous.

So is calling donation boxes with "Support our Troops" on them pro-war. In my opinion, at least.

Related post:
"You Have Got to be Kidding: Boy Scout Care Packages to US Troops Banned in Cambridge"
(November 16, 2007)

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