I have no illusions here that even a mighty cry of Jewish protest will change this policy. It won't. Scouting, like the American flag -- and like God, for that matter -- should belong to all of us, not merely the religious right. But the B.S.A. is right now a captive of Ashcroftism, and we aren't going to change that. Nonetheless, like the lone prophet outside of Sodom, we protest not so much to change the policy as to ensure that this policy doesn't change us.
In the end, the world has come to realize that what was once thought to be a moral choice and a mere lifestyle selection is, quite simply, not that. When the light bulb went on and people realized that, one of the most contentious issues of the day dissolved into thin air. There are still dangers out there - hatred and narrow mindedness beyond belief (as evidenced last week in the East Village), but barriers are falling everywhere, in Rhode Island and Minnesota most recently, and even the N.B.A.
Ecclesiastes 5 puts materialism in it’s proper place: we should enjoy what we have earned and treat it as a gift. There is little else that matters, as Sarah McLachlan reminds us: