by JD Scharr:
For those of you who think the Trump derangement syndrome doesn’t exist, think again and please read on.
Delafield, Wisconsin – Saturday, June 2, 2018, started out just like any other Saturday for Scott. He was looking forward to his 9-year-old son’s Cub Scout Advancement Ceremony later in the afternoon at the state park. Scott has been a den leader for 3 years and has enjoyed sharing the Cub Scout experience with his son. There was a picnic before the ceremony and the ceremony was to begin at 5:00 p.m.
Scott and his son were enjoying the picnic when a Pack Master approached him. He was told that people were upset that he was wearing a Trump 2020 hat. Scott said, “You have to be kidding me.” The Pack Master told him he wasn’t kidding and there were multiple people upset with the hat. Scott blew it off and walked away.
The ceremony began and one of the den leaders approached Scott and told him he had to remove the Trump 2020 hat because it violated the Boy Scouts of America policy. Scott said “I am not going to remove my hat to appease a bunch of adults who aren’t mature enough to get over it.” The den leader kept on him and Scott asked the den leader if she wanted him to leave. She said, “No, you just need to take the hat off.” Scott again refused to take the hat off. When the den leader realized he was not going to remove the hat she walked away.
Scott waited for the ceremony to end and went directly home to write his resignation letter which read: Effective immediately, I am resigning as Webelos den leader. My morals are to God, my country, and my family, in that order. By being told I have to remove an article of my clothing to appease the people who do not share these moral standards for paying homage to the President of the United States, you are removing my civil liberties as well as forcing me to not stand up for what I believe in. My rights are the same as people who don’t agree with me. My opinions and morals are my own and won’t be infringed upon. Good luck to you all and God bless.
Scott received the following response: Hello Scott, I heard about what happened. I think this could have been handled differently than it was, but it’s done now. We hate to see you go, however, we are not allowed to wear certain things when we are in uniform. There are many reasons for this as I am sure you know. No one wants to infringe on your beliefs or rights, be them political or not. This is not about you or me or Trump hats, it’s about the kids we volunteered to mentor and help grow, along with the institution that is the Scouts of America. If we worked at Coca-Cola, do you think they would want us wearing Pepsi stuff? Our uniform makes us neutral to some degree. Wear a scout hat with your uniform, or wear whatever you wish without the uniform. If you need anything or just want to talk, I am here.
I don’t know where to begin here. I will start by sharing the Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. I am confused here, it states “do my duty to God and my country”. The country referred to here is the same country Donald J. Trump serves as president. I find it very odd that before each Cub Scout meeting the scouts recite the Pledge of Allegiance and salute the American flag. Yet a hat bearing the name of our Commander-in-Chief is offensive? This is bordering on ridiculous. Now hats are offending people? Don’t they teach scouts to be respectful? The parents can’t even show respect to the President of the United States? And what’s with the Coca-Cola/Pepsi analogy? This wasn’t the name of another country’s leader on the hat. It was the President of the United States.
Upon resigning as den leader, Scott had to explain to his son why he would no longer be sharing this experience with him. He told him that due to a disagreement and the shift in the Boy Scout ideology with what’s acceptable and what is not, he no longer agrees with where the Boy Scouts are headed. His son was very disappointed because it was something he enjoyed doing with his father. Scott was also upset but he decided it was best for all involved. When Scott left for the ceremony he didn’t even think. He grabbed a hat. It is the hat he wears most often. He just grabbed it and headed out the door. Who knew that simply wearing a hat would affect his and his son’s lives.
When asked how he felt about this ordeal, Scott replied, “This country was not founded by a bunch of snowflakes. We used to have freedom of speech and expression. It is now being taken away because it might offend somebody.”
The purpose of the ceremony was to celebrate the children’s accomplishments but the parents chose to focus on what they deemed to be an offensive hat. The first complaint was that the parents were upset Scott was wearing a Trump hat. Make no mistake, this had nothing to do with the BCA rules and regulations. It was all about the name on the hat.
How very sad this is. Scott can no longer share the Cub Scout experience with his son all because a Trump 2020 hat offended some parents.