Graham: Gay Scouts Put ‘Young, Innocent Boys’ at Risk

Franklin Graham is reacting with predictable outrage at Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates’ suggestion that the ban on gay scout leaders should end. Playing the typical “gay people are after your children” card, he says this would put “young, innocent boys” at risk.

Robert Gates, shame on you for not having the moral courage to do what is right. Yesterday Gates, the president of Boy Scouts of America, called for an end to the group’s ban on gay troop leaders. What are you thinking? We shouldn’t shift as the winds of cultural change blow through society; we need to stand for God’s truth and things that are morally right. This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would put young, innocent boys at risk. I encourage every former Boy Scout and every parent involved in the Boy Scouts to let Robert Gates know how displeased you are and that if he leads the organization down this road, they may lose your support, your participation–and your sons.

How about sending them to church? The Catholic Church has a massive problem with priests molesting children and Graham’s nephew Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who created the group Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), says that there’s even more child molestation going on in Protestant evangelical churches, it’s just covered up more easily. So maybe sending your kids to church is putting young, innocent boys at risk.

And of course, about 90% of children who are molested are victims of people they know — family friends, brothers, uncles and cousins, babysitters, neighbors. So taking a child to a family reunion, getting them a babysitter or letting them play with the neighbor kids is also putting them at risk. But no, it’s only gay people, that convenient and easy scapegoat for bigots like Graham to blame all the world’s ills on.

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  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    But which is more risky: being a boy scout or a Duggar?

  • coragyps

    I don’t know what the sexual orientations of the leaders of my troop were back when, but I typically put myself at risk every campout by wanking so much.

    I bet that part hasn’t changed.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    So does the Roman Catholic Church, apparently.

  • marcus

    Dr X @ 1

    Duggar. Definitely Duggar.

  • cjcolucci

    When I was a Boy Scout half a century ago, the gay thing was already a cliche. But nobody forced himself on me, or even made a move on me — and I can attest from later experience that lack of appeal wasn’t the issue.

  • sinned34

    Dr X @ 1:

    Who cares? Those were girls that were molested, and they probably deserved it by dressing and acting inappropriately. At the very least, they should have been stoned to death for not yelling out loud enough while being raped.

    Girls being molested happens because boys will be boys. Males being molested, well now that’s a real crime (but only if molested by somebody outside of church leadership).

  • whheydt

    Young? Okay. Innocent? Unlikely.

    Or as Tom Lehrer put:

    If you’re looking for adventure of a new and different kind,

    And you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined,

    Don’t be nervous, don’t be flustered, don’t be scared,

    Be Prepared!

  • Doc Bill

    It grinds me (but gin helps me get over it) that these despicable, ideologues, creeps like Franklin Graham try to spin political coin about a program they know nothing about, contribute nothing to and have no stake in. Total hypocrite.

  • rietpluim

    Dear ol’ Graham. Likes his boys young and innocent.