Idaho Sheriff May Drop Boy Scouts Charter Because ‘Sodomy is Against the Law’

Ben Wolfinger, the sheriff of Idaho's Kootenai County, says he may drop the Department's Boy Scouts of America charter because in dropping the ban on gay scouts the organization is promoting a lifestyle that is against state law, Coeur d'Alene Press reports:

Wolfinger"It would be inappropriate for the sheriff's office to sponsor an organization that is promoting a lifestyle that is in violation of state law," Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said.

Sodomy is against the law in Idaho, he added.

"I have talked with Chris Peterson about this and sent him a copy of the law," Wolfinger said.

Peterson, who works in the Hayden office of the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts, could not be reached for comment on Friday, and Tim McCandless, CEO of the Inland Northwest Council, said he wanted to talk with the sheriff before commenting specifically to his concerns.

"I would encourage you to read the resolution that was passed, however." McCandless said. "Sodomy is not allowed in scouting and is not an issue in this discussion."

Somebody's been listening to too much Bryan Fischer.

Comments

  1. CC says

    It is especially alarming when law enforcement is not on top of changes in the law that took place 10 YEARS AGO. One more reason I’m so glad I don’t live in Idaho.

  2. says

    …..odd…

    now, i was a boy scout in Canada so …uh… maybe things are different, but last i checked being openly-gay didn’t mean anything at all that had to do with…uh…”Sodomy”…

    unless he means the biblical term for Sodomy which is the hoarding of wealth and provisions and being inhospitable….

  3. Michael Barber says

    This is a perfect example of how ignorant the majority of cops are in the U.S. Never heard of Lawrence v. Texas in Illinoi??? IDIOTS BEYOND REPAIR.

  4. Francis #1 says

    What this highlights for me is that we need to get rid of the sodomy bans in the states that still have them on the books. 17 states still have sodomy bans in their state laws and they have been and still are being used as a means to discriminate.

  5. HadenoughBS says

    I fully agree with your statement, Little Kiwi.

    Furthermore, perhaps this not-quite-so-bright Idaho sheriff doesn’t realize that state sodomy laws can’t be enforced since they were repealed by action of the Supremes in their Lawrence v. Texas 2003 decision. Where has he been the last decade. I’m pretty sure this news has made it to Kootenai County, Idaho by now (even if Idaho state law remains quaintly unchanged). DUH!!!

  6. James says

    Sherrif Ben Wolfinger is in Violationof US federal law and The U.S. Constitution.

    He needs to be arrested, tried and then sent to one of his own Idaho Prisons where he Obviously has no problem with…uh…Sodomy occuring on a reglar basis.

    Dear Mr. Wolfinger…Please do a nation a favor. Turn in your badge and retire. Morons should NOT have acces o opinions OR guns.

  7. James says

    Sherrif Ben Wolfinger is in Violationof US federal law and The U.S. Constitution.

    He needs to be arrested, tried and then sent to one of his own Idaho Prisons where he Obviously has no problem with…uh…Sodomy occuring on a reglar basis.

    Dear Mr. Wolfinger…Please do a nation a favor. Turn in your badge and retire. Morons should NOT have acces o opinions OR guns.

  8. says

    My son was in boy scouts. I don’t recall them ever having “Sodomy Nites.” Nor was there a Sodomy Merit Badge. Maybe more lads would stay with the Scouts if they started having these things.

  9. JONES says

    A Sheriff. One of the highest elected officials in the County. And in defense of a bigoted position against KIDS he opens his mouth and let’s the stoopid roll out.

    How very proud that county must be of their Sheriff.

  10. PE says

    If sodomy is the problem, he should have drop out a long time ago. Hetero scouts parents and hetero adult scouts are not afraid to admit they enjoy it.

  11. Steve says

    The US really needs to stop electing law enforcement officers. It leads to too many idiots like this coming to power and terrorizing the public. There is no reason it can’t be a job like any other.

  12. Paul B. says

    I sent this to him:

    Dear Sheriff Wolfinger,

    Regarding your intention or consideration of dropping the Boy Scouts because of your state’s sodomy law and your belief that homosexuality is illegal. Are you familiar with Lawrence v. Texas, 02-102? The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex. As a man of law, you should be familiar with Supreme Court cases and state sodomy laws; specifically those that outlaw same-sex acts between two consenting adults and the court decisions that found such laws unconstitutional. Yes it was a Texas law that was struck down but every constitutional scholar and law enforcement personnel across this country believe that the Supreme Court decision of Lawrence v. Texas, struck down all sodomy laws between two consenting adults pertaining to same sex acts.

    It is apparent that you have a problem with homosexuality and are hiding behind a misguided belief that your state still outlaws such relationships but that is simply not the case. Let us be honest, you find homosexuality abhorrent to your religious beliefs. You may have a sodomy law on the books, but it is unconstitutional and therefore not enforceable. But ultimately it is the voters in your county that will either affirm your belief or vote you out of office when the time comes. But thank you, for bringing your beliefs out into the open and showing that to be a sheriff, one doesn’t really have to know the law…any law.

  13. anon says

    I guess he figures this statement would be popular with his constituents. Of course, his own dept. probably has gay officers in it, so he must have a very low opinion of his constituents.

  14. Jakrabt says

    Once again we have a homophobe equating being gay with sex. The theory that homophobes are themselves latent homosexual must carry some weight since they obsess about gay sex every time they hear the word “gay”. He and Brian Fisher need a ‘boys night on the town’ …. and a twelve pack.

  15. Munro says

    The fact that he’s linking up sodomy and the Boy Scouts is gross. It is not what the issue is about at all. Typical sex obsessed neo-con with a likely ‘porn addiction.’

  16. Stef says

    These people are obsessed with sex… and they are so stupid they don’t see the other half of it. Well then, if you only promote heterosexuality in the scouts, you are promoting something illegal as well – sex amongst minors. Like, really? It’s like saying if you’re allowing black people in a traditionally white only club, you’re “promoting” blackness. Boy Scouts don’t promote sex – I don’t know why these people seem to think that orientation for gay people is specifically about sex sex sex buttsex blowjobs sex sex and heterosexual orientations are just about anything other than sex.

    SO STUPID.

  17. ratbastard says

    Mr. Miller,

    What does the bible and your upbringing say regarding troll posts about people’s mom and dad being brutally anally raped? Does you CFO dad approve of you making troll posts about moms and dads being raped our dying after being anally raped? How does this fit in with biblical definition of sodomy, i.e. being hospitable and considerate?

    Maybe cracking ‘jokes’ about people’s mom and dad being raped and murdered is a Canadian thing, but I don’t think so.

  18. Tom says

    Idaho is such a beautiful state, its SO sad that it is completely and totally dominated by the GOP whose thinking goes back to the 1800’s. Glad I don’t live there, but close enough.

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  20. says

    Seriously? Just because gay kids can now openly enroll in the Scouts, there suddenly will be an outbreak of butt f*cking?

    Sheriff Ben better start arresting a lot of heterosexual couples for the “crime” of sodomy, lest he look like a homophobic hypocrite.

  21. Tim S says

    when and why are the Boy Scouts going to promote sodomy?

    I thought they were just going to allow gay kids to become members.

    I didn’t know they were going to have a sodomy badge.

  22. says

    “‘It would be inappropriate for the sheriff’s office to sponsor an organization that is promoting a lifestyle that is in violation of state law,’ Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said.”

    That is a slanderous remark. I would not be surprised if he and the sheriff’s department don’t get slammed with a defamation lawsuit.

  23. JD says

    Ok folks – enough with the Idaho bashing. I have lived here my whole life and I can tell you that this idiot represents less than 1% of the population. Most Idahoans are kind, compassionate and caring people with a live and let live attitude. We may not lead the country in equality but we have made strides in the past decade. I am proud to be an openly gay Idahoan – dipshits like Wolfinger will soon be a thing of the past.

  24. Deryk says

    Oh, I suspect he’s well aware of Lawrence vs Texas.. the thing is, many states still have the laws on the books and police intentionally arrest people under those laws.. they know it’ll be thrown out, but they get to publicly embarrass the individual in the interim..

  25. Bernie says

    Should I even try to understand this idiot?!?!?……..I don’t know how one makes the jump from Boy Scouts to sodomy………this is just plain stupidity!

  26. Bernie says

    Should I even try to understand this idiot?!?!?……..I don’t know how one makes the jump from Boy Scouts to sodomy………this is just plain stupidity!

  27. Bernie says

    Should I even try to understand this idiot?!?!?……..I don’t know how one makes the jump from Boy Scouts to sodomy………this is just plain stupidity!

  28. Neil says

    I had to look up the history on sodomy laws in Idaho.

    Idaho’s sodomy laws may no longer be valid, but they still exist and they include fellatio (considered to be a “crime against nature”). In 1959, a man admitted he had “a homosexual experience with Eldon Halverson wherein I recall taking his penis into my mouth and he took my penis into his. Neither of us had an orgasm. … This incident involved ‘playing around’ and was not an attempt on my part to ‘Blow’ Halverson.” He received the minimum sentence of 5 years in prison. There is, theoretically, no maximum sentence.

    A court ruled in 1995 that the law did not apply to “particular sexual acts practiced consensually in private by married couples,” but did not rule on whether the law applied to such consensual acts between non-married adults. A man was arrested in 1990 for masturbating in a closed toilet stall at a rest stop, but this was ultimately ruled to be a private situation by the court of appeals. (He had turned down a proposition from an officer in an adjoining stall.) See http://tinyurl.com/oj6ngsc for more.

    Of course, this is all irrelevant to the Boy Scouts, who don’t “promote” sex of any kind, let alone homosexual sodomy.

  29. ThomT says

    Once again an elected official (sheriff) pandering to his base. Of course he knows that sodomy laws were ruled unconstitutional but many, if not most, of his supporters either don’t know that or believe that the ruling was incorrect so they are more than happy to hear “Mr. Law” make statements like this. Because sodomy laws were primarily used against gay people many believe, incorrectly, that they never applied to straight couples. Doesn’t matter to them, or Wolfinger, if they sound like a bunch of uneducated rednecks to the rest of the country.

  30. Fred says

    “Sodomy”, as legally defined, is practiced by FAR, FAR more heterosexuals than gay people.

    I’m certain that if his office were scrutinized closely, you’d find the usual dirt that’s prevalent in that area. On the other hand, his remarks are going to have a negative impact on his re-election, as there’s only just so much pig-ignorant even the locals will put up with.

  31. Marc says

    I lived in Coeur d’ Alene for 12 years. I came out there and didn’t loose any friends. The city of Coeur d’ Alene passes a sexual orientation and transgender anti-discrimination ordinance this week 5-1. I’m horrified by the sheriff but there are still a lot of good people in Idaho.

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