A Canadian pro-family leader says one only has to look to his
country to understand the devastating consequences of allowing
homosexuals to be members and leaders in the Boy Scouts.
Obama says Boy Scouts should allow 'gays' as
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says
homosexuals should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America.
Obama's comments on CBS came ahead of this week's meeting of the
Boy Scouts' national executive board. A proposal to let religious
and civic groups that sponsor scout troops accept homosexuals is
expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in
Obama, who serves as honorary president of the Boy Scouts, said
he believes "no one should be barred."
Some church groups expressed alarm at the proposed change as
their congregations observed the annual Scout Sunday.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy
Scouts should not soften their no-"gays" membership policy. Perry
is an Eagle Scout and wrote a book titled On My Honor: Why the
American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.
In November 1998, under the mantra of wanting to be more
"inclusive," the board of governors overseeing scouting in Canada
decided to admit females, atheists, agnostics, homosexuals,
bisexuals, and transsexuals into scouting. And in 1999,Scouts
Canada approved the establishment of an all-homosexual
troop. As a result, scouting membership rolls in Canada -- within
five years -- dwindled to less than half what they had been (from
300,000 to 130,000).Brian Rushfeldt, president of Canada Family
Action, says Canada opted for political correctness despite
definitive evidence of the negative consequences.
"They have the secret files [here in Canada] as they do have
down there [in the U.S.] of guys that had abused kids that they
hadn't reported," he tells OneNewsNow. "There were investigations
into the abuse of boys, which really never produced anything in
"The notion that we need to protect homosexuals more than we
need to protect children ... has been a disturbing trend."
And Rushfeldt says he is afraid that is where U.S. scouting is
heading if the ban is lifted. "I think that this move in the United
States will be similar," he laments. "It will kill the organization
-- and of course, that's a tragedy."
And it would be a tragedy as well, he shares, if Boy Scouts of
America ends up marching in "gay pride" parades like the
all-homosexual Canadian troop did.