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.