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Rick Perry: Keep Boy Scouts Anti-Gay Policy

Boy Scouts PerryAfter addressing hundresed of Scouts during today's Texas Scouts' 64th annual Report to State, Governor (and one-time Eagle Scout) Rick Perry once again asserted that gays should not be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America. According to the Associated Press, Perry told reporters which way he hoped next week's expected vote on the anti-gay poiicy would go: "Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization. I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I."

The AP followed up with more questions for Perry: "He also disagreed that allowing members of all sexual preferences would make the Scouts more tolerant: 'I think you get tolerance and diversity every day in Scouting.'"

The Human Rights Campaign has already responded: "Governor Perry and the Boy Scouts are both completely out of touch with where America is going on this issue. There should be one national, non-discrimination policy. We can't quite wrap our heads around why that is so difficult to do in 2013."

Earlier this week, The Washington Post published an editorial piece calling for an end to the policy: "There can be only one moral and practical conclusion to this process — an end to official discrimination against gays and lesbians. Since the Boy Scouts are a venerable American institution and still do a lot of good, we are rooting for them to get to the right place."

In tandem with tomorrow's Scout Sunday (the annual celebration that recognizes current and former Scouts), The Family Research Council has inserted themselves into the issue by calling for their members to contact the organization asking for the ban on gays to remain. The hate group has started circulating propaganda with the following text: "...allowing homosexual leaders would place the BSA on dangerous ground."

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  1. Wow, in 2013 this clown, Perry, is supporting discrimination among Boy Scouts and justifying it with some backwoods "I see no reason to change..." claptrap.

    Well if you wake up and listen to the voices of bullied kids, kids kicked out of the scouts for being gay, then you might find some reason to support changing the policy.
    The reason to change is that the civil right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation is being trampled upon by the BSA and Neanderthals like you and Glen Beck.
    My God, Perry, you really are a moron.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 2, 2013 5:48:05 PM

  2. Rick Perry is an embarrassment to himself, his state, and the boy scouts. It's sad they'd allow him to speak on their behalf. He's a miserable failure and barely grabbed ANY votes on his pathetic run for President.

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 2, 2013 6:00:56 PM

  3. Anyone hear the one about the closeted Texan Republican?

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 2, 2013 6:04:17 PM

  4. The only "value" they are going to uphold is that of the almighty dollar bill. Should their sponsors flee because of their discrimination policies, they will change in the blink of an eye. If Perry can raise the necessary funds to keep the policies the way they are now then they won't change. My guess is that they won't decide to become entirely dependent on the Mormon and Catholic churches for funding.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 2, 2013 6:06:54 PM

  5. Does anyone remember that photo of Perry wearing a "cowboy" jacket to look macho, not realizing it was nearly an exact copy of the one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain?

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 2, 2013 6:15:59 PM

  6. The same Rick Perry told a boy that evolution is just a "theory" One wonders why Texas produced so many stupid politicians. Richard Dawkin questions why such a person can become governor in the following article.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 2, 2013 6:21:22 PM

  7. @Simon: Probably because Perry is smart enough of a politician to know how to play to the electorate who votes him into office. I suspect if enough of them were "pro-evolution", he'd toe that line completely.

    As for the BSA vote, frankly I think they are going to uphold the ban. I would like to believe otherwise and will be pleasantly surprised if they don't, but I'm not holding my breath. It's probably going to take a few more years for BSA to come around.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Feb 2, 2013 6:26:40 PM

  8. AP Style is "preference"? Yuck.

    Posted by: K | Feb 2, 2013 6:35:44 PM

  9. Rick... WHO?

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Feb 2, 2013 7:12:16 PM

  10. Didn't he earn merit badges in Balcony Bingo and Pump 'n Dump? 'Least that's what I've read.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Feb 2, 2013 7:28:58 PM

  11. I guess his "Strong" video isn't getting anymore views/dislikes so he has to make himself relevant again.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 2, 2013 7:34:45 PM

  12. @john.... for the record, that pool is very very low. Yes, he panders to a demographic but i think its important for people to realize that he isnt and has never been popular.

    His first term was because Bush left office and technically was elected. His second term I will give him. His opponant was hispanic. Very hispanic. There was a lot of racism but the guy was also involved in some shady deals. People couldnt wait to get rid of him. Sadly it was a 4 way race so for his third term he was only elected by about 30% of the vote. A majority voted against him.

    I honestly cant say Ive ever met or heard anyone who actually supports him. Trust me, nothing would please Texas more than for him to just go away.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Feb 2, 2013 7:41:30 PM


    _ they WANT you to spin your wheels, making the story about them. They are paid to have those positions, and deflect criticism from their rich donors, who are the real villains.

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 2, 2013 9:27:16 PM

  14. When Perry was a Boy Scout, it was a segregated "whites only" organization. When he hails its "traditional conservative values," he's lamenting the fact that the BSA isn't a whites-only federally-subsidized club anymore.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 2, 2013 9:50:07 PM

  15. I have my doubts the BSA will change their policy but minds ARE changing on the issue. I posted a comment about this article on Yahoo, hardly a bastion of liberal thinking (though not as bas as some claim), pointing out that there already are gay Scouts- they joined as Cub Scouts. It's not a matter of letting them in, but of not kicking them out.

    I did get negative comments and "thumbs down", but the majority were supportive. For what that's worth.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 2, 2013 9:55:29 PM

  16. Wow! And I thought Rick Perry was such a good guy until now!

    (very sarcastically, )

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 3, 2013 1:26:55 AM

  17. @simon: my previous attempt at a reply evaporated, so here's the short version. Scientists usually use the word "theory" when it is a very good description of reality. Other terms - model or phenomenological model are used in other cases.

    So Perry accidentally said the right thing in calling evolution a theory, but the right thing is obviously not what he meant.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 3, 2013 1:38:15 AM

  18. meaning he was addressing closeted young Scouts in attendance.

    how lovely.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 3, 2013 2:19:57 AM

  19. So what he means is keep discriminating people.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 3, 2013 3:19:32 AM

  20. Yeah perry, you would have made a Great Prez, almost as great as boy george bush! Moron!

    Posted by: billmiller | Feb 3, 2013 9:28:44 AM

  21. The Boy Scouts defended the policy in July after their two-year review of it by saying families involved in Scouts want it. But a week ago, they threatened to cut off a troop whose families overwhelmingly approved a non-discrimination policy. That doesn't make sense: You're going to get punished for not wanting what exists because you want it?

    A null national policy is a perfect compromise. Still, barring gay kids from being Scouts is particularly revolting.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 3, 2013 10:38:13 AM

  22. And the horse he rode in on. I think we should ban straight bigots who tell our gay youth they are worthless and undeserving of all that life has to offer. As far as the BSA....And the horse THEY rode in on!

    Posted by: Tothepoint | Feb 3, 2013 10:41:26 AM

  23. As a Texan, I cringe every time Pretty Boy Rick opens his mouth to let out a word.

    Posted by: Drummond | Feb 3, 2013 11:20:25 AM

  24. Gov. Perry: "... gays should not be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America." Governor, they're already there.

    Posted by: newz4i | Feb 3, 2013 11:20:54 AM

  25. how long before little ricky gets caught in an airport restroom screaming i have a wide stance

    Posted by: walter | Feb 3, 2013 11:24:37 AM

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