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Outrage over idea of Scouts accepting homosexuals

Big Pharma and Big Tobacco each have had their day, and may again, but one pro-family group says there’s another increasingly aggressive and powerful juggernaut in America: “Big Gay.”

Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, told WND in an interview, “‘Big Gay’ has become the biggest, baddest, boldest bully on the block.”

He was reacting to news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering reversing its ban on homosexual scouts and leaders.

“This is a critically important issue,” he said. “Our hope is that the Boy Scouts will hear from so many Americans of good will that they will strengthen their resolve to stand up to the lobby that is using an aggressive agenda to get their way.”

In a call to action on the American Family Association website, which reaches millions, pro-family supporters are urged to contact the Boy Scouts before a final decision is made.

“Next week, the Boy Scouts of America will decide on whether it will keep a longstanding policy of not allowing homosexuals to serve as volunteer leaders, or to change that policy and allow open homosexuals to participate in the scouting program,” the statement reads.

“If the BSA departs from its policies on allowing homosexual scoutmasters and boys in the program, it will destroy the legitimacy and the security of this iconic institution.”

The group emphasized that a final decision has not been made.

“If the Boy Scouts capitulate to this, then the reality is that their poster child will be Jerry Sandusky,” Fischer told WND. “He will be the face of the Boy Scouts, and I don’t think they want that.”

Sandusky is the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted of sexually assaulting children.

Fischer said a change in the Boy Scouts policy would represent a “very real threat to boys.”

“It’s known that homosexual men violate boys at 10 times the rate of heterosexual men,” he said.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, asked his supporters “to urge the BSA not to sacrifice the safety and moral well-being of boys to the demands of ‘gay’ activists and a few corporate bigwigs threatening to withhold grants.”

“This proposal opens the door to the sexual and spiritual corruption of boys,” he said.

“The tragic reality is homosexual predators go where the boys are. Most parents do not want to send their son camping with a male scoutmaster who identifies with aberrant, unhealthy sex.”

He said parents should be aware of the studies showing a disproportionately high percentage of “gay” men themselves were molested as boys by an adult homosexual pedophile or by an older boy.

“The BSA was right to keep homosexuality out of Scouting,” he said. “Sadly, this new proposal welcomes it in,.”

Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance called on the Boy Scouts “to remain faithful to their founding and to above all be courageous in pursuing their core principle of ‘Duty to God.'”

The Christian women’s group, which has more than half a million members, accused the Boy Scouts of appeasing special interest groups rather than serving families as they have done for over 100 years.

“The Boy Scouts of America must continue working toward its most needed badge, Courage – the courage to continue facing bullying and intimidation from a group hoping to bend the Scouts to the forces of political correctness and destroy their 102-year record of moral leadership,” Nance said.

She also reminds the Scouts that they have already won the battle with the homosexual activists with a ruling from the highest court in the land.

“The Supreme Court affirmed their right in 2000 to exclude openly ‘gay’ and lesbian adults from participating, and Concerned Women for America moms echo that decision,” Nance says.

The Family Research Council issued a statement saying that for most parents, “the news that the Scouts were even considering a change is a shock.”

“After all, it was just seven months ago that the same [Boy Scout] spokesman told reporters that, after a two-year review, a special committee had unanimously recommended keeping the ban.”

The group reminded the Boy Scouts that one of the primary missions of the century-old institution is to prepare young people to make ethical choices.

“Unfortunately, the organization’s leadership seems less inclined to make those same choices themselves,” FRC said.

Just last May, the Boy Scouts provided WND with a statement regarding its stance on homosexuality.

“Scouting, and the majority of parents it serves, does not believe it is the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation, or engage in discussions about being gay. Rather, such complex matters should be discussed with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” the organization said.

The debate over the policy has been intense in social media forums, including Facebook, where the Scouts presented their case on their page.

One commenter urged: “Please do the right thing just as Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A have done. If you bend to political peer pressure I will no longer allow my children to support or participate ever with BSA.”

AFA’s Fischer told WND the issue is larger than the Boy Scouts.

“This is a critically important issue to the American family, families who do not want to see the Boy Scouts change their policy,” he said.

A former homosexual who now serves as president of the pro-family Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, Greg Quinlan, warned of the consequences of a change.

“Boy Scouts leaders are exactly that – leaders. Boys watch them very closely,” he said. “Boys also look up to older Boy Scout members and want to imitate them and follow their examples. Boys at that stage of maturity emulate male role models.”

Quinlan said a homosexual “who gently eases boys and young men into exposure of homosexuality by his own personal example promotes homosexual behavior as normal, natural and healthy. ”

“This paves the way for youth to question their own sexuality and be affirmed into homosexuality,” he said.