A group of nine Lebanese scouts due to participate at a major jamboree in Rinkaby in southern Sweden have had their visa applications turned down by the Swedish Embassy in Damascus.
Wednesday’s decision ran counter to a Foreign Ministry recommendation advising embassies to look favourably on visa applications from scouts intending to take part in the Jiingijamborii event, Sveriges Radio reports.
These are Christian Lebanese boys, and the head of the Swedish scouts said he thought his government’s officials were afraid the boys would not go home once they got to Sweden.
Tundra Tabloids seems to understand their fears:
Who knows, they might begin setting up scout cells of their own that preach being kind to your neighbors and helping little grannies cross the street. The very foundations of Swedish society would be threatened by these tots if allowed to preach their messages of goodwill.
Right. And what if they were caught saying the Scout oath, or went around preaching preparedness, patriotism, or any of those other out-of-date Boy Scout virtues.
Another bureaucratic mind-boggling decision.
It does seem as though Sweden has more than its share of them.
Hat tip: KGS