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It Gets Better from the UK Scout Association (VIDEO)

It Gets Better from the UK Scout Association (VIDEO)

 

While the Boy Scouts of America this week affirmed that it’s just as anti-gay as ever, this seems a good opportunity to point out that the British version of the scouting association is anything but, with Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner at The Scout Association, having recorded last year the following It Gets Better video:

The Boy Scouts of America, after a lengthy two-year consultation on its “we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals” policy, decided that it would not change its stance, saying an eleven member panel, considering polling data from across its membership, voted unanimously against the move.

It has been alleged however that the head of the U.S. Boy Scouts Association, in considering the group’s anti-gay stance, may have taken advice form known hate group the American Family Association. It has also been disputed that the association actually took a poll of its members, as it had claimed, in deciding to retain its anti-gay position, implying that it instead acted unilaterally to retain the ban.

 

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3:15PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Rick G.
I do understand the concern of parents. Allowing their children to in to be care of others creates a myriad of issues to worry about. However, parents must be advised that whatever their views on homosexuality, there is a considerable difference between homosexuality and paedophilia. The link is no greater than the threat posed by heterosexual individuals. Paedophile males certainly do assault (and sometimes kill) male children, but they also assault and kill females. The same applies to Paedophile females. The distinction between a victim's gender and a perpetrator's sexual orientation is important because many child molesters don't really have an adult sexual orientation. They have never developed the capacity for mature sexual relationships with other adults, either men or women. Instead, their sexual attractions focus on children – boys, girls, or children of both sexes. Gay men who predate young boys are quite rare. However, I am aware that they do exist and I have campaigned against the grooming of young men by adult male paedophiles (or more accurately ‘hebephiles’ .. adult sexual attraction to adolescents or children who have reached puberty). I do agree that Scout leaders are not necessarily the best people to counsel youngsters re. sexuality, be they straight or gay. I have run courses for scout leaders (and school teachers) on counselling the young people in their care and only those accredited with such training are allowed to take on this

1:50PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Kth N, let me give you a rundown on what LGBT people are like. They work at jobs, they pay taxes, they own or rent homes, they participate in community activities and volunteer in local or regional groups or charities, they raise families, own pets, attend their houses of worship, and love their significant others enough to want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives THE SAME WAY THAT EVERYBODY ELSE DOES.

In short, they're decent, hard-working, LAW-ABIDING citizens just like you and me. The only "difference" is that they love people of the same gender if they're gay, people of either gender if they're bisexual, or are simply born in the wrong body if they're trans! How does that make them "deviants?" Guess what? It DOESN'T!

I'd rather have an LGBT couple living next door to me than a homophobic bigot like yourself.

5:59AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

One wonders why the Scouts are so worried about exposiing their groups to the same groups they see and work with at school and church.

5:44AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

how is it if i have a different opinion on homosexuals being encouraged into every thing going on in government, courts, the media, schools, churcgs, boy scouts, girl scouts etc. i am a 'bigot. a homophobe. & should be burned at the stake,,who then is doing the 'IMPOSING'...???? Justification will never make sexual deviants acceptable ..

7:40PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Thanks Steve for posting the video.

6:36PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

US boy scouts could learn something form them

2:10PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

You go UK!

12:55PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

good to see UK scouts is willing to change, and not just stay stuck in the same values that were present back in in the late 1800's, early 1900's when Baden Powell lived.

12:39PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

No doubt at all that Baden Powell would not be allowed in the Movement today. (He got his sexual gratification just watching naked boys)

12:34PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Cheers to the UK!!

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