The Boy Scouts of America, who recently re-affirmed its policy of refusing to accept homosexuals into its ranks because to do so would supposedly undermine the organization’s moral values, have been unconscionably lax in protecting its young participants from child molesters in its ranks.
“A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files dating from 1970 to 1991 found more than 125 cases across the country in which men allegedly continued to molest Scouts after the organization was first presented with detailed allegations of abusive behavior. Predators slipped back into the program by falsifying personal information or skirting the registration process. Others were able to jump from troop to troop around the country thanks to clerical errors, computer glitches or the Scouts’ failure to check the blacklist.In some cases, officials failed to document reports of abuse in the first place, letting offenders stay in the organization until new allegations surfaced. In others, officials documented abuse but merely suspended the accused leader or allowed him to continue working with boys while on “probation.” In at least 50 cases, the Boy Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover later that they had reentered the program and were accused of molesting again.”
Let’s put this disgraceful story perspective. The Boy Scouts of America by decree and policy stigmatizes and discriminates against an entire group of innocent boys on the archaic and ignorant theory that being gay renders them immoral and unable to meet the requirements of the Boy Scout law, oath and values. At the same time, the organization takes inadequate measures to protect its “worthy” members from being victimized by pedophiles.
Verdict: This is an irresponsible, incompetent and untrustworthy organization…that is supposed to care for children.
I would recommend that the Scouts stop wasting time and resources trying to keep innocent kids out of scouting, and start making sufficient efforts to stop allowing child predators to stay in. Or perhaps one could argue that the BSOA are doing gay young men a favor by only serving up heterosexual youths as treats for the pedophiles it can’t seem to control.
Why in the world would any parent of any child, gay or straight, choose to entrust its precious offspring to an organization with such confused priorities and incompetent management?
Facts: Los Angeles Times
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