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01/28/2013

Tony Perkins says equal scouting advocates are 'bullies', again disqualifying him from truthful commentator merit badge

by Jeremy Hooper

Tony Perkins, a man who has said gay teens try suicide because they "know" they are "abnormal" and who has called the It Gets Better project a "deceptive lie" that tells kids "it's okay to be immoral" (both of those and more here), wants the Boy Scouts to side with him rather than with fairness. Here are the FRC's president's thoughts, at a time when the Boy Scouts of America seems poised to repudiate the discrimination that Tony so favors:

"The Boy Scouts of America board would be making a serious mistake to bow to the strong-arm tactics of LGBT activists and open the organization to homosexuality. What has changed in terms of the Boy Scouts' concern for the well-being of the boys under their care? Or is this not about the well-being of the Scouts, but the funding for the organization?

"The Boy Scouts has for decades been a force for moral integrity and leadership in the United States. Sadly, their principled stances have marked them as a target for harassment by homosexual activists and corporations such as UPS which are working to pressure the Boy Scouts into abandoning their historic values.

"The mission of the Boy Scouts is 'to instill values in young people' and 'prepare them to make ethical choices,' and the Scout's oath includes a pledge 'to do my duty to God' and keep himself 'morally straight.' It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct.

"If the board capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the Boy Scouts' legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise. The Boy Scouts should stand firm in their timeless values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children," concluded Perkins.

[SOURCE: Emailed statement]

Discuss these sexual topics with their children? Why do these folks always think opening the door to gays means opening the door to condom-covered bananas and fetish seminars?

Answer to my own question: they don't really think it, but they know that others will. So they put it out there. They tease. They lead the witness into seeing gays as fundamentally different and far more sex-crazed than heterosexuals. They try their best to make us seem foreign, bizarre, and incapable of understanding acceptable time, place, and age standards.

Which is to say, they bully.

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**MORE: FRC is directing its supporters to call the BSA national office and demand they remain anti-gay. Feel free to do the opposite. 972-580-2000

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