A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia on Thursday blasted the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow girls to enter its ranks, pointing out an apparent danger in de-masculinizing America's young men.
What are the details?
Michael Williams, a GOP candidate for governor and former co-chairman of the state's Donald Trump for President campaign, blasted the "politically correct bed-wetters" who ruined the Boy Scouts of America with their gender inclusivity. The Boy Scouts announced Wednesday that it would be changing its name to Scouts BSA by February.
He also suggested that if these "politically correct bed-wetters" had parented World War II soldiers, America would have lost the war, and miserably so.
In a statement shared on Twitter by reporter Ben Jacobs, Williams said, "For many decades, the Boy Scouts helped turn boys into men. ... Unfortunately, they have taken a big step toward the eventual destruction of the very elements that made them such an influential organization.
"They caved to left-wing social engineers who want to remove the concept of male masculinity from society. Political correctness is literally destroying our culture and institutions. Liberals tell us that masculinity is 'toxic' and that girls can be boys and boys should no longer be boys," he continued.
"Imagine the outcome of World War II if the Greatest Generation had been raised by these politically-correct bed-wetters," Williams added. "You’d be reading this in German."
"Our great nation desperately needs more John Waynes and fewer pajama boys," Williams said, noting that not everyone has to "fall in line and discredit the differences of each sex that make both genders unique and special."
"Yes, each gender is different!" he continued. "That's why women are only required to complete less than half of the number of push-ups as men to pass Army Basic Training. Perhaps separate scouting programs for boys and girls isn't so crazy after all."
Michael Williams, a GOP candidate for Georgia Governor, has a very unique statement on the Boy Scouts pic.twitter.com/E3RZmMSFhu
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 3, 2018
Williams is just one of seven GOP candidates seeking to replace Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) in November. Deal announced that he will not run for re-election.
What's the background here?
In October, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would be allowing girls to join their ranks.
The decision was made because Boy Scouts of America leaders believe that "it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that the long-running organization would be changing its name to Scouts BSA. The change is expected to go into effect in February.
"We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward," Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh told the AP. "We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women."