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Anti-Gay Groups Tell Boy Scouts To ‘Show Courage’ By Equating Gays With Pedophiles

by David Badash on February 4, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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Dozens of anti-gay groups joined in “religious liberty” by running an ad in USA Today (PDF) that tells the Boy Scouts to “show courage” by equating gay people with pedophiles, claiming the Scouts’ ban on gays is “part of the BSA’s efforts to protect Scouts from sexual abuse.” The ad warns dropping the Boy Scouts’ ban on gays is a “grave mistake,” and notes:

Last year BSA released their so-called “perversion files,” which contained the names of hundreds of sexual predators who had managed to hide their attraction to boys and enter the Boy Scouts.

Of course, leading the charge for the ad is the well-known certified anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council, headed by Tony Perkins, and another certified anti-gay hate group, the American Family Association, home to the infamous Bryan Fischer.

Other groups include:

PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays), Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Liberty Counsel, Patriot Voices, Center for Military Readiness, Concerned Women for America and The Family Leader.

The ad came via an email from New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation with this interaction:

In partnership with the Washington-based Family Research Council and almost fifty other pro-family organizations across America, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation is printing the following ad in today’s edition (Monday, February 4, 2013) of the USA Today.

It’s not “almost 50,” it’s 42, but facts rarely matter to extremists.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified “Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays” as “PFLAG.” It is PFOX. We apologize for our mistake.

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{ 3 comments }

thomwatson February 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm

…PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays), Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Liberty Counsel, Patriot Voices, Center for Military Readiness, Concerned Women for America and The Family Leader…"

Um, nope, that's not PFLAG. Please correct. PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is one of the good guys. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, the bad guys who signed onto this message, is PFOX.

StanleyJames February 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

Standard crap from the hate group FRC Its pres tony perkins is a racist and he and Spriggs were in the Louisiana legislature some years ago.

Perkins is a racist and you can bet your "bottom dollar" that both are racists.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/picture-wor

barbonine February 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

Realistically, when you read that "1/3rd of the population" does something religious, stupid or bigoted, IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME THIRD!
They think Reagan was a god rather than an old man descending into Alzheimers.
They think GW did a great jerb.
They think God is real and watching them.
No matter what idiocy, IT'S THE SAME 1/3rd, so we now know what percentage of America is abysmally stupid, superstitious and ignorant.

So, should the BSA make the mistake of pandering to this third, they better hope that they're prepared to be their own private biblethumping indoctrination factory. They'd also better hope that this little corner of the Bell Curve has the funds to keep them afloat.

Choose well, BSA. You could well determine the future success or failure of the organization.

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