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Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Ban Draws Wide Range of Reactions

Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Ban Draws Wide Range of Reactions

The Boy Scouts of America announced this week that they would stand by their anti-gay ban, which works to exclude any openly gay members or leadership in the organization. The decision drew a wide range of reactions, from raw disappointment to unsympathetic celebrations.

On the more discriminatory end of the scale, Mike Huckabee once again took a decidedly anti-LGBT stance equating gay people to child molesters. Huckabee announced on his Fox News show this week that he supported the ban after a viewer called into the show to share his story of molestation in a Boy Scouts troop.

The Raw Story quotes the caller as saying:

I believe that homosexuals try to target groups like that to try to get a leadership area in… If there hadn’t been a homosexual in my troop, I wouldn’t have been traumatized for about three years.

Without attempting to complicate this argument, Huckabee agreed with the caller stating, “You know, I think if anybody wants to argue about this case, they need to hear your story.” He concluded that the BSA’s desicion was the “right one.” Huckabee unproblematically equates the LGBT community with molestation and sexual abuse.

Huckabee isn’t alone in simply towing the BSA’s line of thought. Local troops in Minnesota are not planning on pushing back against the reaffirmed ban. Mankato Free Press quotes Paul Wilkinson, a head of troops in the area, as saying in response to the ban, “We just follow national policy. We don’t try to create our own policy.”

The Boy Scouts of America claim that the majority of members agree with the ban, but not everyone does. Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca admitted that within each troop, opinions will differ. He told the Associated Press:

While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.

The Northern Star Council, Minnesota’s largest Boy Scout group, stood up for inclusion on Tuesday, the same day as the ban was officially reaffirmed by the BSA. The Minnesota Star Tribune quoted Kent York a leader of the Northern Star Council about the decision to remain inclusive:

We’re a reflection of the community…Our commitment has been to reach out to all young people and have a positive influence.

The Northern Star Council boasts 75,000 scouts, which means the voice of the leadership reaches far and wide. Unfortunately, Fox News reaches a wide demographic of people so Mike Huckabee’s misinformed conceptions of the LGBT community will continue to reach a whole slew of viewers and back the BSA’s recent non-inclusive policies.

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11:37PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

I hate to think what Lord Baden-Powell will think of this mess. I doubt that his thoughts when he founded the Boy Scouts that some people have decided to change what he set out to do would end up with the sort of bun fight over who should or should not belong.

9:03PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

The Boy Scouts are over a hundred years old and are fully independent without any government funding or help. As so many on here have stated they are a private organization, it would be like some male wanting to attend an all women tea party. No matter what organization we are talking about, if it is a private organization, they can set their own rules of membership and conduct. So far these rules have held up quite well over the years. There are a lot of misconceptions floating around on this site such as one man says remove the word "Honest" for the pledge, when the word does not exist, or that nail polish and ear rings would not hurt in training for a backcountry camping experience, it would be a disaster if the ear ring gets caught in a tree branch as he is rappelling down a cliff. The Boy Scouts have many female leaders that again is a non starter as many of our female leaders are better Scouts than most on this site would or could ever become with their hateful attitudes.

Why do we think the Boy Scouts need to become all inclusive of ever part of society when it was based upon a religious belief to begin with, and the need to teach the adaption of young boys and girl with our great outdoors. The Boy Scouts are teachers of helping others, volunteers that help feed America's less fortunate, and rescuers of those that get hurt or lost in our wilderness areas. If you have heart attack over this issue let us hope a trained boy scout first aider is close by to help

9:25PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Kath N.
You don't need to apologize for hating homosexuals. you don't even have to apologize for being a bigot. That is your right. And when the gate gets slammed in your face, no apology will be needed either.

9:22PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Steven H.
If you want to hate gays. fine I can live with that. But as a big strong heterosexual, please, please, please, man up and admit that is all there is to it. Don't keep the lies going to justify your hate. Be a man and just say I hate Gays, and don't need lies to justify my bigotry.

9:18PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Steven H.
Or even worse a straight man into a class room full of girls. since statistically heterosexual males are more likely to be pedophiles than gay men.

{Sorry, homosexuals can live their life any way they want, however putting a homosexual into a group of boys would be like putting a 18 year old boy in with a group of girl scouts.}

{Not a very bright idea - who will be sued when the homosexual scout master molests one of the boys? BSA - just say no to homosexuals in the BSA!}

Uhm Steven H. have you noticed that most pedophiles. even those who are men abusing boys identify as straight. Take a look at Penn State for an example. People need to get it through their thick skulls. Pedophilia is a completely different thing from homosexuality or heterosexuality.


7:26AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Kath, people are BORN straight or gay or bi. So what are you going to do???? And why do you even come here?

9:41PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Does this affect anyone who has not come out that is a member? Heaven forbid we think we are excluding predators by taking this action. Is there no cure for homophobia?

8:26PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Steven H.: That is just the same homophobic crap that is still being spouted by men like you.

Are you saying that a gay man is any more likely to molest a young boy, as a hetrosexual man? What about the large percentage of Catholic priests that molest boys.......

Enough said!

6:43PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Sorry, homosexuals can live their life any way they want, however putting a homosexual into a group of boys would be like putting a 18 year old boy in with a group of girl scouts.

Not a very bright idea - who will be sued when the homosexual scout master molests one of the boys? BSA - just say no to homosexuals in the BSA!

3:48PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

"Huckabee announced on his Fox News show this week that he supported the ban after a viewer called into the show to share his story of molestation in a Boy Scouts troop."
Oh, BS, he was always pro bronze age ignorance and anti LGBT. You can find pedophiles in every organization that includes children, including Bible camps.

@Kath N- There is indeed evidence that homosexuals, bisexuals, and pedophiles did not choose their orientation, but are affected by their mothers' Y-linked antigens. You're on the internet, why not use it to learn something?

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X01916812

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajhb.20006/abstract

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