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Santorum: Boy Scouts Shouldn’t Conform To ‘Intolerant Liberal Mind’

February 4, 2013

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - Even though the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their no-gays policy just seven months ago, the proposal is expected to be discussed, and possibly voted on, at the meeting of the Scouts’ national executive board, which begins Monday in Irving, outside Dallas.

According to Reuters, the 70-plus strong national executive board is planning on debating whether or not to cease the existing prohibiting of gay membership in the organization, first stating last Monday that they were considering lifting the global ban and allowing local chapters to make their own decisions regarding the allowed sexual orientation of its members.

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a stance on the upcoming vote expected from the BSA, who has offices and chapters in the Washington, D.C. area, regarding whether or not to allow homosexuals to join the organization.

“[W]hen I saw that the Boy Scouts of America executive board is convening on Wednesday to discuss abandoning the organization’s founding moral principles that nurture boys into men, I was saddened, but not surprised,” he stated in the editorial, published yesterday on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily.

His note specifically mentions board members James Turley, who additionally serves as CEO of Ernst & Young, and Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T. He also mentions executives at Merck and UPS, both of whom contribute funds to the BSA, according to Santorum – and have allegedly said they will discontinue contributing if changes in policy don’t happen, the editorial noted.

“I implore [these people] to read the Boy Scout Law. It is filled with words that have long left the popular lexicon when applied to young men, but I suspect traits you would value in your employees: trustworthy, loyal, courteous, thrifty, obedient, clean and reverent,” Santorum wrote. “Yes, the Boy Scouts are not of the popular culture. They haven’t transformed themselves to keep up with what is cool or trending, so in the mind of the intolerant liberal mind they must be forced to conform.”

Santorum has, in the past, been criticized for his views on homosexuality. While speaking with the Associated Press, he likened homosexual intimacy to incest and other widely derided acts.

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery,” he was quoted as saying to the AP by CNN. “You have the right to anything.”

His views regarding gay rights appear not to have changed, as he equates attempts to allow homosexuals into the scouting organization with an attempt “to remove God from all areas of public life.”

Santorum additionally credited liberal Americans with a bevy of other social shifts he perceives as negative.

“Over the past 50 years, the left in America has successfully transformed American society,” he said in the editorial. “Among the long list of liberal victories is the growth of the welfare state, sexual liberation, removing God from the public square, abortion, affirmative action, redistribution of wealth, more government control of business, radical environmentalism and the transformation of the family.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry agreed with Santorum, stating emphatically on Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn’t soften its strict no-gays membership policy, and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims of “popular culture.”

Perry wrote in his book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For,” that he doesn’t “believe the teaching of sexual preference fits within the parameters of Scouting’s mission,” but also made it very clear he’d like to keep gay members from joining.

“Because gay activism is central to their lives, it would unavoidably be a topic of conversation within a Scout troop. This would distract from the mission of Scouting: character building, not sex education,” he wrote.

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by Anonymousreply 102/05/2013

Does this Opus Dei creep ever comment on anything that doesn't involve gays?

by Anonymousreply 202/05/2013

pretty much, no.

by Anonymousreply 302/05/2013

How do all these people not realize that a few decades ago and they'd be the same people standing in front telling places not to allow "negroes".

by Anonymousreply 402/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 502/05/2013

[quote]‘Intolerant Liberal Mind’

They really just don't get irony do they?

by Anonymousreply 602/05/2013

Rick Santorum will always be associated with his hatred of gays. Not his accomplishments, not his duties as a politician, always his bigotry.

Why do so many people forget that history writes their epitaph?

by Anonymousreply 702/05/2013

[quote]the American Way

No Blacks! No Jews! No Homossessuals!

That's the American Way!?

by Anonymousreply 902/05/2013

R9 In a way, that is part of what some people call "the American Way". Not being forced to socialize with people you do not wish to socialize with is as important as being allowed to socialize with those you wish to.

by Anonymousreply 1002/05/2013

Not American at all, very conservative-doorknob appeal though.

by Anonymousreply 1102/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 1202/05/2013

[quote]“Among the long list of liberal victories is the growth of the welfare state, sexual liberation, removing God from the public square, abortion, affirmative action, redistribution of wealth, more government control of business, radical environmentalism and the transformation of the family.”

Or, as Jesus sees it, "Among the long list of liberal victories is compassion for the sick and weak, personal responsibility, honoring the First Amendment, treating others as you'd like to be treated, caring for the poor, wise stewardship of resources, and equality among men and women."

by Anonymousreply 1302/05/2013

They only are debating this because they're suddenly losing tons of funding.

by Anonymousreply 1402/05/2013

The Boy Scouts, R14?

by Anonymousreply 1502/05/2013

Is it just me but was every kid who got leave 6th period early one day a month for Boy Scouts a little flamer?

by Anonymousreply 1602/05/2013

Yes, R15. Major corporations who used to donate big amounts to the Boy Scouts are no longer helping out.

by Anonymousreply 1702/05/2013

Click to zoom in. No, really.

by Anonymousreply 1802/06/2013

Decision today?

by Anonymousreply 1902/06/2013

I can think of anything more perverse than Sanitorium's values. I would never want my kids to be taught the shit he believes.

by Anonymousreply 2002/06/2013

They are "postponing" a decision until May, chicken-shit asswipes.

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by Anonymousreply 2202/06/2013

Santorum is expected to run for President in 2016

by Anonymousreply 2302/06/2013
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