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Boy Scouts Remove Openly Gay Scout Leader: VIDEO

The Boy Scouts of American removed an openly gay scout leader in the first enforcement of last year's new rules barring them, NBC News reports:

McgrathGeoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, is believed to be the first gay adult to be booted from the Boy Scouts of America since it held a controversial ballot last May allowing gay youth—but not adults—to participate in one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. The Scouts had severed ties with gay adults in previous years, before the vote to admit gay youth, but McGrath, an Eagle Scout, had been hoping for a different response in this new era of Scouting.

“It’s extremely disappointing to not be fully supported and defended in my membership,” McGrath told NBC News. “They are complaining that the problem [his status as an openly gay man] is a distraction to Scouting and they don’t seem to understand that the distraction is self-inflicted.”

NBC News planned to do a story on Troop 98. The BSA said they removed McGrath after he "deliberately injected" his sexuality into Scouting in an "inappropriate" fashion by speaking to NBC News about it:

McGrath’s Troop 98 is part of the BSA's Chief Seattle Council, which said late Sunday that it didn't inquire about his sexual orientation—as directed by BSA policy—when he applied for a leadership position, according to Sharon Moulds, the council’s top professional leader.

Moulds said she found out McGrath was gay only after NBC News contacted her. “It was then that we became aware of his intentions to make a public statement about his orientation and use our program as a means to further a personal agenda,” she wrote in an email.

Seattle's KING5 spoke to McGrath about the dismissal.

Watch KING5's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh, good, she got in the gay indoctrination, gay agenda, fame whoring, and implied pedophilia. I was worried they might actually be trying to change. It's nice to be reminded that their decision to allow gay youth was only because they think they can 'cure' them before they fall to 'the wages of sin'.

    What a royal cun't.

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 1, 2014 9:08:07 AM


  2. If a straight scout leader mentioned his wife on tv that's fine right? I don't understand the obvious hypocrisy of it all, and I never will.

    Posted by: Glendo | Apr 1, 2014 9:11:31 AM


  3. @Glendo--
    The BSA is using the same line of reasoning that the military once did and the Catholic clergy still do: it's all right if you're gay, just as long as you stay in the closet. And, yes, it is obvious hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 1, 2014 10:29:02 AM


  4. one of the biggest hypocrisies of the BS decision is ignoring the fact that youth (teenagers) are more 'sexed up' than adults. well, that & the majority of 'abusers' are straight, not gay...

    Posted by: mike/ | Apr 1, 2014 10:53:07 AM


  5. I don't believe a person speaking about himself, including his sexuality in an interview is part of an agenda. But that is besides the point, video productions get edited and the TV station ultimately has control over its content. On the other hand, with her email NBC's Sharon Moulds displayed a clear agenda to harm Mr. McGrath.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 1, 2014 12:26:33 PM


  6. Boy scouts are simply going the route of irrelevancy. They are not conservative enough for far right and they are just hipocrites for the rest

    Posted by: jjose712 | Apr 1, 2014 12:36:13 PM


  7. This is the most impoverished area of Seattle and is likely full of a lot more challenges than an ordinary troupe. The may be looking for a while to find someone else willing to work with such joy in this area of need.

    Posted by: John | Apr 1, 2014 9:18:02 PM


  8. "It has come to our attention that Boy Scout leader Geoff McGrath has admitted publicly that he is a JEW. Therefore, we have taken immediate action to remove said JEW from his position in the BSA so that he cannot threaten the Aryan purity of our American boys."

    signed, The Boy Scouts of America
    Heil Hitler!

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 1, 2014 10:00:12 PM


  9. Isn't this a direct violation of RCW 49.60.030 which states that "The right to be free from discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability is recognized as and declared to be a civil right..."

    I'd sue, Mr. McGrath.

    Posted by: SteveP | Apr 2, 2014 1:22:38 AM


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