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Conservative Baptist Leader Richard Land Says Letting Gays In Will Destroy the 'Core Conviction' of Scouting, Cause 'Human Tragedy': VIDEO


Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention appeared on CNN this morning to discuss the looming vote by the Boy Scouts board over its ban on gay leaders and scouts. Land argued that keeping boys "morally straight", as in heterosexual, is the "core value" of scouting, therefore letting gays in would destroy it.

Said Land, via Think Progress:

The Scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting, teaching them to be “morally straight.” [...]

Homosexuals, by definition, are attracted to people of the same sex. Now I’m not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles, but I’m accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are: attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenage girls to go on campouts and engage in camping activities with heterosexual males? They wouldn’t. [...]

This verges on being beyond the realm of the rational, and it’s going to lead to human tragedy, and the human tragedy is going to be, sadly, boys and men who are going to end up in relationships that are going to be tragic. [...]

Boy Scouts have the right to define character, and they define character as being “morally straight” and that involves being sexually pure and being a heterosexual.


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  1. Richard Land is a Fu*tard. He equates "morally straight" as heterosexual.

    The scouts meaning of "morally straight" right out of their handbook is: "To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance."

    I doubt if Richard Land has read this. He twists things 300 degrees from the truth.

    Excerpted from page 45-46, Boy Scout Handbook, 11th ed,
    (#33105), copyright 1998 by BSA, ISBN 0-8395-3105-2
    and from page 420-421, Webelos Scout Book, 1998 edition,
    (#33108), copyright 1998 by BSA, ISBN 0-8395-3108-7

    Posted by: JT | Feb 6, 2013 7:53:57 AM

  2. Religion and Scouting should have nothing to do with each other. Period.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 6, 2013 7:55:43 AM

  3. I'm tired of this Baptist bovine bloviator deciding what is "moral" and being given a national platform to spew his lies.

    Mr. Land, discriminating against a group of people because of their humanity is immoral.

    Scouting will do just fine and even better if gay youth can participate.

    By the way, Mr. Land, I can tell you stories of when I was a boy and going to Baptist summer youth camps and the counselors who couldn't keep their hands to themselves or their butts out of my bunk.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 6, 2013 10:39:12 AM

  4. Land is a bald-faced liar. He pretends to say that he's not calling all homosexuals out-of-control predatory pedophiles, but then he goes and does exactly that.

    He also pretends that the same POTENTIAL for inappropriate behavior doesn't exist in heterosexual church youth groups--the overnight lock-ins, the summer church camps, the youth mission trips. He would have you believe that as long as the youth ministers and group leaders and camp counselors and adult chaperones are heterosexual, nothing inappropriate or untoward can happen.

    I grew up in a Southern Baptist church, and was involved in all of the youth activities growing up, and I can tell you that in retrospect, there were both heterosexual men AND women, who were at times a little too friendly, and who became a little too involved with the kids they were in charge of. I will say that I don't know firsthand of any inappropriate relationships, but there was definitely the potential for that to happen. And there was always some righteous, tight-a$$ed, pervy skeezer like Richard Land along for the ride.

    Frankly, I would much rather leave my son with an openly gay, out youth minister than some emotionally stunted, repressed, unhappily married nominally heterosexual youth minister.

    Posted by: Christian D1ck | Feb 6, 2013 12:27:09 PM

  5. I am 86 and was a scout as a youth. I cannot recall ever reading, or hearing, about any Gay Scoutmaster being charged with molesting the Scouts in his troop. I have never read of any parents complaining about Gay Scouts molesting other Scouts. At Summer camp, swimming was always naked, except for the Life Guards,and on Sunday when parents dropped off, or picked up, Scouts.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 6, 2013 5:20:10 PM

  6. Where has this Moron been the last 50 or so years? Was HE ever a Boy Scout? What Troop was he in that did NOT have any GAY Scouts?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 6, 2013 5:36:29 PM

  7. C'mon guys, the molesters are not always closet cases. Let's not give the Religious Right any support for their myth that any adult male who molests boy is gay.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Feb 6, 2013 6:35:14 PM

  8. Let us all thank CNN for their perpetual bigot parade.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 6, 2013 8:56:31 PM

  9. I was in cub pack 227 in Philadelphia, and Boy scout pack 335 in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania. I was gay before I knew what gay was! I am 59 years of age now.

    Posted by: billmiller | Feb 6, 2013 9:53:25 PM

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