Rick Santorum: Gay Inclusion Will ‘Murder’ the Boy Scouts

Rick Santorum says allowing gay scouts and leaders into the organization will destroy it.

Splat_santorum"Wednesday’s vote is a challenge to the Scouts’ very nature and is another example of the left attempting to remove God from all areas of public life," warns Rick Santorum in a World Net Daily column on plans this week by the Boy Scouts to drop its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

He adds:

"Scouting prepares boys and teenagers to be virtuous men in a world that desperately needs men who are brave enough to stand up for those principles, to live by the moral code of the Scout Oath and Law and hold themselves to that standard – whether at the schoolyard or in the boardroom. Scouting may not survive this transformation of American society, but for the sake of the average boy in America, I hope the board of the Scouts doesn’t have its fingerprints on the murder weapon."

The Boy Scouts this morning were set to receive more than 1.4 million petitions calling for an end to the ban.

Today, the Family Research Council and other hate groups took out a full-page ad in USA Today urging the BSA to retain its anti-gay policies.

President Obama weighed in during a 60 Minutes interview that ran before the Super Bowl, saying that the Boy Scouts should allow gays to join its organization . Said Obama: "My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life."

Comments

  1. kpo5 says

    “I hope the board of the Scouts doesn’t have its fingerprints on the murder weapon.”

    Don’t they realize that complete openness, acceptance, and equality will fling open all the closet doors of honest and contributing LGBT folks and actually help to PROTECT these boys from the rampant abuse in the Scouts? Their policies encourage predators like Jerry Sandusky, who have nothing to do with the LGBT community, to come and prey. They enable abusers.

    How can they possibly claim to be ‘for the children’ when abuse occurs because of them?

  2. Burt says

    Sanitorium’s views aren’t Christian, or Catholic (and that was made plain during the primaries), and his comments would presume that if a kid is gay he can’t be virtuous unless he renounces his gayness. He’s clearly on the fringe–but we knew that.

    I’d argue that Scouting has barely survived its co-opting and transformation from a vibrant inclusive organization of 40-50 years ago to one that’s closed to non-believers. BSA would do well to heed those 1.4 million petitions and open back up if they want to survive.

  3. UFFDA says

    What KPO5 said.

    Plus, we’re already a major part of the Boy Scouts, on the high side – as in every other walk of life -contributing heart and work. The low side, which will always be there, will be more easily discerned and dealt with by an open organization.

  4. anthony says

    I am presently reading Ship of Fools.
    It’s first publication was 1945.

    I was asked “Does it translate to our current day and age”.

    Unfortunately my answer is YES.
    So many passages are very current.

    Great read…Great movie also.

  5. disgusted american says

    “Scouting prepares boys and teenagers to be virtuous men in a world that desperately needs men who are brave enough to stand up for those principles, to live by the moral code of the Scout Oath and Law and hold themselves to that standard – whether at the schoolyard or in the boardroom…Ohyea, and to make sure they POUND MUFF and EAT IT..like REAL He-Men!!! Scouting may not survive this transformation of American society, but for the sake of the average boy in America, I hope the board of the Scouts doesn’t have its fingerprints on the murder weapon.”

  6. Adam says

    Now that I could become a Boy Scout leader, no reason to join NAMBLA. (North American Man Boy Love Association) You’ve heard of it Mary…don’t be coy..

  7. says

    Oh yes, Rick Santorum, whose wife had “induced labor” to save her life (everyone else calls that abortion), and then becomes even more stridently anti-abortion.

    I have more morals in my pinky than this creep.

  8. Bill says

    Santorum should be taken out and hung, for the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue.

    (With apologies to Lerner and Lowe for paraphrasing one of Henry Higgin’s lines, this one not in the original George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion.)

  9. Mary says

    Senator Santorum should be more concerned with how heterosexuals raise their sons than with any influence gay men could have over children. Too many straight people end up raising sons who want to extend their adolescence into their 30s (or even 40’s) and end up being poor marriage material later on – leading to a high rate of divorces and never-married men. This contributes to the single-mother population and also the “single-mom-by-choice” population as more women decide men aren’t even worth a try as husbands. It is THIS problem, and not anything gay men do that contributes to the “murder” of the traditional family.

    Some conservatives will do anything rather than tell Middle America to get its act togther. Any gay man who has been with the same partner for years and raised a child with him (think Dan Savage here) exhibits more valuable masculinity than most of these overgrown-teenager men, a lot of whom are right-wing politically.

  10. octobercountry says

    Hmmm, I’m confused… The Girl Scouts are already gay-inclusive, and that organisation still exists. So why would the Boy Scouts doing the same thing destroy it?

  11. David Hearne says

    The Republicans still refuse to accept what happened in November and unfortunately so do the Democrats.

    The GOP lost because Santorum and Romney somehow got to be favorites. Two sides of the same stupid coin; a fundie-Catholic side and a Mormon side. The GOP could have won the election by sticking to their guns on Immigration and Second Amendment and dropping abortion and gay bashing.

    Obama won a squeaker because Romney was unacceptable and America needs health care reform. His positions on immigration and Second Amendment will cost the Democrats the Senate.

  12. Jerry6 says

    Mr. Sanorum: You are as stupid as you are ignorant. The Boy Scouts have had Gays in it since it was founded. When I was a Scout in the 1930’s, I was in the Gay Patrol of the Troop. We had Three Straight Patrols. Get with it; You are a Bigot.

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