Sunday, 12 August 2012 16:00

Romney Says Boy Scouts Should Accept Homosexual Leaders

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A campaign assistant for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirmed that the former Massachusetts governor's opposition to the Boy Scouts' ban on homosexual leaders, which he publicly expressed in 1994, still stands. According to the Deseret News, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Associated Press that Romney is still holding to the political stand he adopted nearly 20 years ago when he said during an unsuccessful run for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate that while he supported “the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue,” he also felt that “all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

As reported by The New American, despite intense pressure from homosexual activists and their supporters, the Boy Scouts organization announced in July that following a two-year study of its policy it has decided to continue its perpetual ban on homosexual leaders. “The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their rights to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” explained Bob Mazzuca, the Boy Scouts' chief executive, in a prepared announcement about the decision. “While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”

Romney's position mirrors that of Barack Obama, whose office issued a statement August 8 saying that while “the president believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century,” he nonetheless “opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.” The Boy Scouts responded with a demure statement of its own saying that its leaders respect “the opinions of President Obama and appreciates his recognition that Scouting is a valuable organization. We believe that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to accomplish the common good.”

Romney's own confirmation that he does not agree with the Boy Scouts' moral stand comes on the heels of his recent refusal to join other conservative leaders in their support of Chick-fil-A over its public stand for Christian values and traditional marriage. “It is almost as if the governor is going out of his way to de-motivate the conservative base,” said conservative commentator Bryan Fischer of the GOP candidate's politically motivated acquiescence to the “gay” lobby. “In fact, if he deliberately set out to dispirit evangelicals and members of the pro-family network, he could hardly do any worse.”

“Gay” activists applauded Romney's subtle addition of the pro-homosexual plank to his campaign platform, with Zach Wells of a group called Scouts for Equality announcing that he was “proud to have Governor Romney’s support on this issue amid such a polarized political climate.” Wells added his hope that the Republican presidential hopeful would “set an example of how people with differing religious beliefs can come together to support the Boy Scouts of America’s mission to serve our communities and develop tomorrow’s leaders, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Fischer emphasized the untenable moral nature of Romney's stand, noting that abundant research proves homosexual men very often sexually target boys the age of those participating in Boy Scouts and its junior program, Cub Scouts. “Gov. Romney's position, if adopted by the BSA, would put the sexual innocence of untold numbers of young boys at risk,” Fischer wrote. “It is truly an unconscionable position for a self-described 'severely conservative' candidate to take, particularly in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.”

Fischer added that Romney's position is wildly out of step with the socially conservative base that is of crucial importance to his campaign. “If the Democratic Party is going to take a stand for homosexual marriage and the Republican Party won't stand up for traditional marriage,” he said, “then they’re abdicating their role in the culture war.”

He added that “we read stories about [Romney's] private meetings with social conservatives, and of course it's good that those conversations are taking place. But at some point, his private assurances to pro-family leaders must become public statements to the electorate or the socially conservative air will leak completely out of his balloon.”

Photo of Mitt Romney: AP Images

7 comments

  • Comment Link Bob Donohoo Tuesday, 11 September 2012 08:56 posted by Bob Donohoo

    This is worth repeating ... "As with all other issues, it always involves modification of righteousness to accommodate sin"

  • Comment Link lastofall Sunday, 19 August 2012 02:19 posted by lastofall

    As with all other issues, it always involves modification of righteousness to accommodate sin, to please the appetite of anyone that would endorse them. It is the attempt to gain whatsoever a person can in this world, and its just alright if the person looses their own soul; just so they win, that's all that is important.
    What the people do, the nation becomes: therefore if the majority is indifferent to whether sin prevails, or righteousness prevails, then the results shall always be for the expansion of sin.

  • Comment Link Gary Hardee Monday, 13 August 2012 03:31 posted by Gary Hardee

    I agree Daryl. Well put! I also like your link and left a comment there as well.

  • Comment Link First seek to understand Sunday, 12 August 2012 19:30 posted by First seek to understand

    Mitt Romney actually wasn't my favorite pick either, but the author (and Bryan Fischer) might be jumping to conclusions... the article says: Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the Associated Press that Romney is still holding to the political stand he adopted nearly 20 years ago when he said during an unsuccessful run for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate that while he supported “the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue,” he also felt that “all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” From that statement alone, it's unclear to me what Romney would have to say about qualifications for boy scout leaders.

    Also, whether it's the article's author, or Mitt Romney, or his spokeswoman, there's way too much ambiguation. I wish everyone would first and foremost define their terms, such as "homosexual" and "sexual orientation" - are these defined by attraction or behavior? Are they to be self-proclaimed or to be evaluated by someone else?

  • Comment Link John Adams Ghost Sunday, 12 August 2012 17:57 posted by John Adams Ghost

    REMant. You again.

    Would you rather that the youth join a government sponsored program? The BSA teaches so many good things, which must be learned while young so that the message sinks in. Honesty, integrity, hard work, goal making, moral cleanliness, self-reliance, community, all these great things are taught by the BSA. You're right. We should disband such a terrible thing. That way our youth could be totally screwed.

    Once again REMant - way to miss the message.

  • Comment Link REMant Sunday, 12 August 2012 16:59 posted by REMant

    I don't think it matters much what his views on this are. The fact is that there've been effeminate (shall we say) leaders in the BSA for decades. When I was young and naive and no one spoke about these things, but it is clear to me now that some of mine were. Ditto some of my college instructors (I attended high school in the south). Personally I think we can do without BSA altogether. And its gender equivalent. We have far to many of these quasi-reformist societies for the young.

  • Comment Link Daryl Davis Sunday, 12 August 2012 15:02 posted by Daryl Davis

    Romney wants to win the election by spreading the largest tent possible. But children come before ambition. It would be just as inappropriate for an adult woman to take young teenage boys out camping as it is for a homosexual man: it isn't discrimination at all.

    This is a case where a childish need for societal acceptance among some adult homosexuals has overshadowed more important, fundamental concerns for the well being of actual children.

    http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/of-morality/

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