Harvard Psychiatrist: How Trump’s Speech Was Toxic For Boy Scouts Beyond ‘Rhetoric
Commonhealth ^ | July 28, 2017 Updated July 31, 2017 8:56 AM | Dr. Gene Beresin
Posted on 8/1/2017, 9:15:30 AM by jmcenanly
“A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
– 12 Points of the Boy Scout Law
The head of the Boy Scouts of America publicly apologized Thursday for the “political rhetoric” in President Trump’s keynote speech at the scouts’ Jamboree, saying that “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program” and affirming Scout values that include “fairness, courage, honor and respect for others.”
The carefully worded statement suggests that the Scout leadership heard loud and clear the complaints from parents who were offended by a speech that sounded much like one of Trump’s campaign rallies: slogans, promotion of a political agenda, cutting remarks about his opponents.
But as a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist and advocate for healthy youth development, I’m concerned that the leadership may still not get just how bad this speech was for the tens of thousands of Scouts who heard it, cheered it, chanted “We love Trump!” I feel a professional obligation to share my understanding of the risks this kind of “political rhetoric” poses for our children.
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