The Boy Scouts of America has justified its policy of discrimination, excluding homosexual boys and adults from membership and leadership in their organization, by saying that Boy Scouts would be sexually abused if homosexuals were allowed to join in. The odd thing about that justification is that women are allowed to be leaders of Boy Scout troops, but no one is accusing these women leaders of being potential sexual predators, looking to abuse teenage Eagle Scout boys.
The bogus nature of the sexual predator defense for the anti-gay discrimination by the Boy Scouts of America was further exposed yesterday, when it was revealed that the Boy Scouts of America has rejected an application by the Utah Pride Center, a GLBT organization, to merely sponsor a Boy Scout troop, while complying with the Boy Scout regulations to maintain the troop itself and its leadership purely heterosexual.
There’s no reasonable concern that members of Utah Pride could seduce juvenile scouts merely by providing financial and organizational assistance to a troop without attending any of its meetings. The Boy Scouts of America leadership simply doesn’t like non-heterosexuals, and is encouraging the boys under its charge to follow along with this bigoted attitude. That’s an ugly and unhealthy message for children to receive – and it’s incompatible with the patriotic Americans who support the Constitution of the United States of America, which outlaws inequality under the law. There is no justification for continued support for the Boy Scouts of America from Congress, or from the Obama White House, which has still taken no action to remove Barack Obama from his position as honorary chair of the anti-gay organization.