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Bigoted Family Wants the Boy Scouts to Remain Anti-Gay: VIDEO


Keith and Katherine Goode have been "blessed" with a "quiver full" of 10 children.

Five of their seven boys are in Boy Scouts. The rest of them, while not in the Scouts, have been dragged into a heinous video for the Family Research Council demanding the Boy Scouts uphold its pledge to be "morally straight" by not allowing gay scouts and leaders.

Says Keith: "It's not fair. If we have one openly homosexual boy, where do we tent him? Who has to sleep in his tent? How do we handle his needs? Suddenly it's becoming unfair to all the other boys to have to change.

Says Katherine: "I'm not going to put my boys in that situation to have to deal with those decisions."


And, supposing studies that suggest famlies with a large number of brothers and sisters make it more likely that one of the younger brothers is gay are correct, what are the odds that at least one of those kids in Goode's "quiver" is gay? Probably pretty good.


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  1. Now this is more like it: a Xtian hair woman following the lead of her husband. I won't presume to know anything about the kids, but that portrait is eerily like something from 1935 Germany, The Hitler Youth uniforms were classier.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 11, 2013 11:57:34 AM

  2. Such sturm and drang. If it weren't for Boy Scouts and camp outs and tents, I never would have learned about puberty, masturbation and the differences in penis size. Not from the male leaders but from the other boys. We were a horny bunch and I'm sure nothing has changed!

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 11, 2013 11:58:56 AM

  3. oh for the love of GOD, you have TEN children and think none are gonna be gay? the law of numbers won't apply to your family?

    talk about playing russian roulette with your own children's lives, eh?

    this family is in for a world of terrible awful grief....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 11, 2013 11:59:09 AM

  4. The odds are good that at least one of their seven boys won't turn out to be Kinsey zeroes. And is it just me, or does the second boy from the right bear a resemblance to Paul Ryan?

    Posted by: John in Houston | May 11, 2013 12:01:21 PM

  5. If this wasn't such an important principal issue, I would say, let those bigots keep that org. to themselves.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 11, 2013 12:03:29 PM

  6. Quiverfull is a disgusting and inhuman ideology. Read up on it and it will make you want to throw up.

    Posted by: Steve | May 11, 2013 12:05:09 PM

  7. "How do we handle his needs? Suddenly it's becoming unfair to all the other boys to have to change."

    What the hell are they talking about? What "needs" does a gay boy in scouts have that are different than the needs of a straight boy? What changes do the straight boys have to make because another boy is gay?

    Posted by: anonymous | May 11, 2013 12:06:53 PM

  8. The sad thing is one of their children is most likely gay and is most likely keeping it a secret for fear he/she will be disowned or forced into therapy.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 11, 2013 12:07:56 PM

  9. Why are these people being called bigoted? They have an outlook and opinion that I don't agree with, but that doesn't make them evil, just different. Moreover why is there a push to CHANGE the Boy Scouts position on gay members? Why not just start another youth organization which has a philosophical position that is supportive of gay rights??
    This is the real model of religious freedom in the U.S. (remember there's no such thing separation of church and state in the Constitution). The founders of the Mormon church didn't agree with the theology of any then-existing churches so they started their own religion. I happen to think Mormons are nuts, but that doesn't make them bad people.
    So if you don't like the Boy Scouts position on gay rights, start your own group.

    Posted by: Joe Blow | May 11, 2013 12:13:16 PM

  10. Heart breaks for those kids, but especially for whichever one turns out to be gay. They are brainwashed, of course, and it will be a painful and difficult process to break free. Whether gay or straight.

    Posted by: Lars | May 11, 2013 12:15:40 PM

  11. 1 in 10. Those are the odds.

    Apparently, the poor kid has to be quarantined like he's a leper.

    You can also tell someone's a die-hard fundy because he or she will use weird medieval colloquialisms and terminologies relating to weaponry.

    They don't just have sons -- they have a "quiver full" of little warrior-boys.

    Posted by: Gry | May 11, 2013 12:16:23 PM

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    Posted by: Customer Service | May 11, 2013 12:17:28 PM

  13. These "Christians" seem to have not processed the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    So, they should really be more concerned with that one gay kid than the rest of the troop.

    Posted by: Neil | May 11, 2013 12:22:42 PM

  14. Joe Blow is a complete idiot. That is all.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 11, 2013 12:23:53 PM

  15. @Joe Blow
    Insert the word Jew, black, Asian, instead of 'gay' in their diatribe and then tell me why they aren't bigots.

    And the reason for pushing the Boy Scouts to change, it's not about philosophical differences. This is a quasi-public institution that gets tax payer money to fund their bigotry and hatred.

    Do you think separation of church and state is reason enough to not speak up to discredit this kind of hate? Tell that to the thousands of LGBT youth who are homeless or have ended their lives because of their families vitriol. Private hate is still hate.

    Posted by: JONES | May 11, 2013 12:55:10 PM

  16. 'We're Christians and our religion is being attacked.'

    That translates into we're using our 'freedom of religion' card to complain about being called out in public over our hatred.

    Your religion is no longer in a vacuum and when you do harm to helpless gay kids you damn well are going to be called out on it.

    Posted by: JONES | May 11, 2013 1:00:31 PM

  17. @ Joe Blow - You are correct that the phrase 'separation of church and state' or similar does not appear in the constitution. It is, however, a basic tenet of American beliefs, cited by Jefferson as the rationale behind the Establishment Clause, and is quoted by the Supreme Court in more than 1,200 decisions. I feel it is a de facto fact of law in these United States.

    The Supreme Court has agreed with the BSA that they are a private organization and can set their own policies so we shouldn't even be asking the BSA to change their discriminatory practices.

    The issue becomes contentious when the BSA receives any public financing in any form. Virtually every local group receives public financing in the form of subsidized meeting space, tax breaks, and sometimes direct aid. Many localities have policies that forbid the discrimination outlined in the BSA policy and, therefore, should stop providing subsidies to the organization.

    Many corporations have non-discrimination policies that should prevent donations to the BSA.

    I feel it is our job (and right) to make governmental entities and corporations aware of the discrimination - which has only become well known in the last few years. And then we must hold them accountable for their funding decisions when it comes to any group that discriminates.

    It won't take long for the BSA to realize they can't replace the funding and they will either adapt or fade away (to be replaced by a more inclusive organization).

    Posted by: MikeBoston | May 11, 2013 1:01:53 PM

  18. @JoeBlow - IF you haven't read or understand the US Constitution then there's really no point in discussing your stupidity.

    Posted by: Tre | May 11, 2013 1:02:27 PM

  19. Well, the Goode family ain't so damn good, as far as I'm concerned. The parents are just plain evil. And I'm pretty sure that at least one of their 10 children is gay, so if that child comes out, where will the Goodes "tent" him or her...the back yard?

    I'm sick and tired of this bigoted crap.

    Posted by: Bryan | May 11, 2013 1:05:08 PM

  20. first of all, his use of the word "schizophrenic" is incorrect - he's confusing that with multiple-personality disorder. Second, the fact that they have ten children reinforces that idea that I have that so much of the anti-gay rights people are obsessed with BREEDING. And, so much of it is about reproduction and breeding - and so many religions are obsessed with sex and they almost all universally have rules and laws about sex. In that respect, I think religions are involved with competitive breeding - they want to outcompete other relgions for members by 'outbreeding' them.

    Posted by: steve | May 11, 2013 1:19:17 PM

  21. I also meant to say that...they're obsession with breeding is why they don't like gay people...because we can't breed naturally with each other...that's really what it's about ultimately I think.

    Posted by: steve | May 11, 2013 1:20:16 PM

  22. Why do nut jobs always have so many kids? Also, I don't think the word 'straight' in the Boy Scouts code or what ever it is has anything to do with someone's sexual orientation...why do these idiots always bring that up?

    Posted by: Will | May 11, 2013 1:25:05 PM

  23. Because, Joe Blow, you twit, there ALREADY ARE gays in the Boy Scouts! Like every other kid who joins the organization they probably started as Cub Scouts in the 2nd or 3rd grade, when nobody (or very few) has an inkling of their eventual sexual orientation. In scientific circles it is widely accepted that sexuality is inborn, thus it's unfair to kick gay youth out of the Scouts when the haven't done anything wrong.

    And the claim that the BSA is a "religious organization" is rather ridiculous given the WIDE variety of religions and denominations that make up their membership. The two religions most involved in the BSA are Mormons and Catholics. What do those 2 religions have in common? Next to nothing. Are ALL Scouts supposed to believe that Jesus lived in the US and you get to rule your own planet when you die, as the Mormons do? Are they supposed to venerate the Saints and believe the Pope is infallible as Catholics do? No on both counts. And about the Goodes and their evangelical Christianity, plus their "Quiverful" beliefs which holds that wives should OBEY their husbands and pump out babies to be warriors in the "culture war"? How about we put THAT little bit of religious dogma to a vote and see how it fares?

    The BSA as an organization does NOT have a cohesive religious POV. It also includes other denominations which now allow gay clergy, so why is it the fanatics who exclusively get to define the rules? The BSA didn't really define themselves as a religious organization until they got in front of the Supreme Court a few decades ago, as their reasoning for why they could exclude gays, and it was just an convenient excuse.

    Personally I'd prefer that another organization grow to take the BSA's place but the fact of the matter is that for now the Scouts are the only game in town for much of the country. As such they need to bend to current cultural mores and stop bowing down to the fundamentalist schmucks of every half-baked religion that happens to be part of it.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 11, 2013 1:31:52 PM

  24. I don't even need to watch the video to tell you which son is gay and from the looks of it there's probably two who are.

    Posted by: Michael | May 11, 2013 1:36:26 PM

  25. They have pounded homophobia into them so much that it's done more damage than camp with a gay person could ever do. Their kids would probably cause more problems for the camp than a gay person. If they do have a gay child in that 'quiver', he probably would live in shame and mental anguish before he could come out to them.

    Posted by: jeff | May 11, 2013 1:40:29 PM

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