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04/22/2013

John Stemberger wants the Boy Scouts to be a discriminatory organization; here's how he's spinning that fact now

by Jeremy Hooper

Anti-gay conservatives like John Stemberger own the Boy Scouts, apparently. Oh, and of course gay people, by virtue of being ourselves, are promoting/acting out/injecting/[insert scary thing that implies gay people are incapable of proper socialization] because that is what John Stemberger always claims:

"The real issue is this: Homosexual-rights activists are not satisfied with membership in good standing and being allowed to fully participate [in the Boy Scouts] like everyone else. They want to be able to openly promote homosexuality. They want to promote a gay-rights political agenda. They want to act out publicly and be “loud and proud.” They want to inappropriately inject sex and politics into the BSA program, where children as young as six years old are involved. Not on this dad’s watch. This behavior and open homosexual conduct is exactly what the current BSA policy prohibits, a prohibition that we as parents demand that the program reaffirm if it wants our continued support.

There is nothing stopping those who do not like Scouting’s stable and time-tested membership policies from creating their own organization without changing ours.
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—John Stemberger, longtime opponent of every LGBT right/protection in Florida and current leader of pro-discriminatory scouting, writing in the conservative Washington Times

The truth, of course, is that someone like me saying something as simple as "my name is Jeremy and this is my husband Andrew" is, to social conservatives like Stemberger, an aggressive act. When he talks of "openly promoting," he really means openly acknowledging. "Acting out" means something as basic as having a picture of your spouse in your wallet. "Injecting" means existing. If you know how to speak "pro-family," it's all quite easy to translate.

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