Rick Perry is Pretty Sure Lifting its Gay Ban Will Destroy Scouting

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Office of Governor Rick Perry
Rick Perry would look even more uncomfortable if one of these scouts were gay.
The debate over whether Boy Scouts of America should allow gay members and volunteers will come to a head this week, as the organization's board of directors descends on Irving for its regular meeting.

They will be greeted by a full-page Human Rights Campaign ad in the Dallas Morning New and a quartet of gay scouts and leaders bearing a Change.org petition with 1.4 million signatures, both urging the BSA to lift its ban on gays.

But the ban still has plenty of vocal supporters, among them Governor Rick Perry who, you might recall, wrote the -- or at least a -- book on scouting.

On Saturday, in remarks made to hundreds of scouts visiting the capital on Saturday as part of the Texas Scouts' 64th annual Report to State, Perry credited the organization with the decision to join the Air Force and seek public office and blamed a good chunk of the nation's problems, including high rates of incarceration and teenage pregnancy, on a failure to adhere to scouting's core values, according to the Associated Press.

Speaking to reporters after his speech, Perry expressed hope that the "board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make scouting this very important and impactful organization."

"I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I," he said. This is in line with what he wrote about gay scouts in his book: "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."

But just think: If Perry's logic holds and lifting the ban would inflict a mortal wound on the core values that inspired Perry to run for public office, then gay scouts would have meant he remained an obscure dryland farmer in West Texas, rather than the state's longest-serving governor.

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P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I spent years in scouts, I'm an Eagle Scout. I find Perry's quote absurd. Outside of jokes or whispers between scouts (who are generally teenage boys) heterosexual sex never came up. Why would homosexual sex? Perry subscribes to these odd theories that being gay spreads like the flu or that all gays are pedophiles.

observist
observist topcommenter

That dude in the middle of the picture with the fancy clothes and the meticulous hairdo is definitely gay.

bifftannen
bifftannen

If all these burly hetrosexuals have such a problem with the gays, stop having gay babies.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Private entitiy....Any politican talking about it for or against is bullying the organization. Leave them and their contributors to deal with it

FEDUP
FEDUP

FAGGOTS and LIBERALS. GOOD ARGUMENT FOR PRO ABORTION!


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I wonder when OOPS will finally come out of the closet.

billzeblinsky
billzeblinsky

Perry is the single best reason why we need term limits for the governorship. The less he talks, the better Texas looks.

s.aten
s.aten

Are those core values the ones that allowed the local Dallas area boy scout troops to inflate their membership numbers for years and collect money illegally?

observist
observist topcommenter

If those good, Christian boys are exposed to Known Homosexuals, they might catch The Gay!  From there it could spread through the Christian community and DECIMATE it!

Daniel
Daniel

@FEDUP Yep, you can tell if a person is gay, and get a fairly decent gauge on their future political persuasions, sometime around the 20th week of pregnancy. A proclivity to use all caps, on the other hand, is a complex activity that does not develop until the frontal lobes and their associated cortical matter are fully formed at around age 19, or when the individual drops out of 10th grade -- whichever comes first. 

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@billzeblinsky I hate the SOB, but term limits are the coward's way out.  We the people have the vote, and we can vote him out of office in 2014 if we will get off our fat asses.

billzeblinsky
billzeblinsky

@s.aten Or the same values that allowed them to sweep molestations by troop leaders under the rug?

CraigT42
CraigT42

@observist

Since the literal meaning of decimate is 1 in 10 killed or removed and the percentage of homosexuality in the population is between 7 and 13 percent depending on which study you look at they are either already there or getting there fast.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Daniel@FEDUP"does not develop until the frontal lobes and their associated cortical matter are fully formed at around age 19"   or, fail to fully form

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@CitzenKim When only 15% of eligible republican voters show up at the primaries, and those tend to be ultra far-right extremists, what you've got is an idiot like OOPS and the majority of voters refusing to vote for a Democrat.  Texas gets what it deserves.

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