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Conflicting Rights: Gays in the Boy Scouts?

scout oathI'm a huge believer in equal rights for all, but with a few sensible exceptions. Women shouldn't be permitted to play in the NFL. People associated with the Mafia shouldn't be cops. And, homosexual men should not be employed as leaders in the Boy Scouts.

Some people will roll their eyes and say that's pure homophobia. Like many folks, my wife and I have gay friends, male and female. I have a loving female family member who is gay. So, let's put that to rest.

Considering the fact that we incarcerate people in prison for simply watching videos of child pornography in their own home, it shows we are serious about protecting children from sexual predators. NBC produces a successful TV show where reporters and police join together in sting operations, just to apprehend potential child molesters. (To Catch a Predator) We are really strong on protecting our children.

But...are we?

The gay movement has become so politically powerful, they have the clout to intimidate corporations to stem the flow of contributions to the Boy Scouts, one of the most widely respected and productive organization for kids in the history of the United States. Because the money flow from corporations like UPS, Intel and Merck is drying up in support of gay rights, the Scouts are basically being blackmailed to make a change in policy of excluding open gays from the Boy Scouts; a policy upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. To believe that a pro-gay policy in the Boy Scouts is not going to lure potential predators is naivety at best, and stupid at worst.

Without question, the great majority of gays are absolutely not pedophiles. But, sadly, some are. The Boy Scouts already have a long history of sex abuse cases into the thousands, all perpetrated by men on boys. And, that's while all rules were in force to exclude homosexuals from being a part of the Scouts. So why increase the risk, one iota?

Click here: Boy Scouts of America sex abuse cases – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

According to statistics based on various studies, about 97 percent of predators who target boys are homosexual men. That's not homophobia, that's life.

A comparable parallel would be the Catholic church and their sordid history of sexual predators among the priesthood, all men I should add. The church is a place where predators can enjoy a trusting and familiar environment, which accounts for 89 percent of the settings for sex abuse against children. Between 1950 and 2002, there were 10,667 reported child victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Eighty-one percent of those victims were males. Virtually all those perpetrators were homosexual.

Being a male-only organization which provides trusting and familiar relationships, the Boy Scouts would be an attractive Mecca for lurid activity among children for predators who are so inclined. If only a handful of kids are ever victimized, it would signal a poor decision to have openly allowed gays employment in the Boy Scouts.

I've got news for the naïve. Sexual predators don't wear neon signs on the hats that flash "I'm a sexual predator." They act in stealth manner. Most predators are like you and me and our friendly neighbors, they blend among us, like Coach Jerry Sandusky and serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who had been a professional clown entertaining kids, and all those Catholic priests.

If the new policy of acceptance is implemented, I suspect we will see a future increase in sexual abuse problems as prohibitions are relaxed due to financial and political pressure. I also suspect the Boy Scouts will see a decline in membership as many parents will redirect their boy's activities to other venues.

According to studies, approximately two million adult men openly identify themselves as gay. (The actual numbers are probably double, or more.) If only two percent of those numbers were pedophiles, it translates to forty-thousand potential abusers of young males. What is more important? The rights of gays or the rights of kids?

It's one thing to be fair and equal in affording rights. It's another thing to be unrealistic at the peril of children.

  

Marshall Frank web  Marshall Frank.com
Thirty years of law enforcement in Miami, Florida, including sixteen years working homicide, gives Marshall Frank a huge reservoir from which to draw insights into the problems facing America today. After retiring from the Miami-Dade P.D. in 1990, Frank went on to become a writer, now with eight published books, five fiction and three non-fiction. His book "Militant Islam In America" was published after an exhaustive research study about the inroads that radicals are making within the borders of the U.S. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the abominable criminal justice system. Book listings, prices and availability can be accessed at his web site:www.marshallfrank.com

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