According to the New York Times, Governor Rick Perry has decided to get involved in the controversy over allowing gay members into the Boy Scouts:
Mr. Perry, the country’s longest-serving governor, is an Eagle Scout, and in 2008 he wrote the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.” It detailed his deep love for the organization and explained why it should continue to embrace traditional conservative values — including excluding openly gay members and leaders.
Remember how I mentioned that the Boy Scouts had been forced to release documents showing that they covered up cases of sexual abuse within their ranks? Well, a judge in Minnesota has just forced them to release even more documents, which seems to indicate that the abuse and the coverup was ongoing until very recently:
A Minnesota judge on Tuesday ordered the handover of confidential national Boy Scout records on sexual abuse from 1999 to 2008 in a move attorneys said could add to the body of evidence showing that the organization failed to take adequate steps to protect young people from molesters in its ranks. [...]
That victim’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, said these files are from internal Boy Scouts of America records on adult volunteers suspected of molestation that are widely known as the “perversion files,” but they cover a later period than records made public last October by court order in Oregon, which covered from 1965 to 1985. He called the order a triumph over institutional secrecy.
Perry needs to look long and hard at what organizations he wants to trumpet as the examples of conservative values.