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Stemberger: Opening Scouts to gays would cause 'mass exodus'



UPDATE: Boy Scouts delay decision until May.

John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster and president of the Florida Family Policy Council, made the argument in USA Today:

If the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) departs from its longstanding policy and allows openly gay scoutmasters and scouts, it will destroy the legitimacy and security of this American institution. A change in policy would cause a mass exodus, transforming Scouting into an unprincipled and risky proposition for parents.

The Scouts were plagued with more than 1,800 cases of abuse of boys by Scout leaders, according to a 1994 book, Scouts Dishonor. It's sheer fantasy for the BSA board to think this will not multiply its problems exponentially.

The biggest problem will be a wave of boy-on-boy sexual activity on campouts and other overnight trips. Claiming to be "gay" and questioning your gender has become so popular in public schools that kids are "becoming gay" and acting out because it's hip and edgy. Ask any middle-school teacher. This sad phenomenon would soon pervade Scouting.

Full piece here.


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:30am]


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