The Boy Scouts Have Been Possessed by Big Gay Demons, and Other Gay-Scout Fallout [Updated]

Categories: News, Religion

Thumbnail image for boyscouts.jpg
A couple of weeks ago, delegates from the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America voted to lift their ban on openly gay Scouts, though openly gay adult staff members are still barred. When that vote happened, demons flooded the earth, Sodom and Gomorrah were re-animated, and we all plummeted into a raging sea of utter, desolate, candy-colored gayness.

That's what we expected, anyway, but damned if we're not still here and the cable bill's not still due. Very disappointing. But the Boy Scouts' lifting their gay ban has completely unhinged a large swath of the religious right, who just keep churning out jaw-dropping editorials about what gay Scouts are doing to America. According to these folks, gay Scouts lead to the following:

See also:
- Boy Scouts of America Delegates Vote to Lift Ban On Openly Gay Scouts
- Christian Columnist: Gay Boy Scouts Disappoint Jesus With Their "Sexual Anarchist Agenda"

Sexual Anarchy:
We already heard from talk radio host and one-woman brain trust Linda Harvey that gay kids in the Scouts lead to "sexual anarchy" that makes Jesus very uncomfortable. Just as a reminder, Jesus is the one who ministered to and healed alcoholics, prostitutes, a woman with a menstrual problem, lepers and at least one dead guy. But yeah, he'd definitely refuse to get near a gay child. Good call, Linda Harvey. Good on you.

Right Wing Watch noted on Friday that another right wing talk radio host, Kevin Swanson, seems pretty sure that demons were behind the Scouts' vote. "Demonic systems," you see, like to take control of "large, centralized organizations."

Swanson's solution, obviously, is for his listeners to pull their kids out of Scouting, boys and girls alike, lest you lose your kids to "these civilization-destroying things like homosexuality." It's a little more subtle argument than Republican strategist Raynard Jackson, who's just straight-up arguing in the Christian magazine Charisma that the Boy Scouts "sold their souls to the Devil."

Vague, Ominous Pre-Nazi Stuff
RWW also has the latest from Liberty University professor Cynthia Dunbar, who's pretty sure that the lifting of the gay ban is a lot like 1930s Germany. After all, gay activists are trying to bend mainstream, God-fearing Americans to their will, just was done "in pre-Holocaust Germany, as far as propaganda and presentation and swaying the whole mindset of a nation."

Not to be outdone, our own Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert said on the Family Research Council's radio show last week that gay kids sleeping in a tent near other kids can only lead to one damn thing. Well, actually, he didn't say it outright, settling for vague insinuations.

"You're going to allow a situation where a 17-year-old guy that's sexually attracted to other guys gets in a little tent with an 11-year-old new rookie Boy Scout and they spend the night together, night after night at camp?" he told FRC president Tony Perkins. "I mean, come on. I thought we were making progress."

Judgment from God Almighty
In the same segment, Governor Rick Perry said that the Boy Scouts of America delegates will have to be accountable in the next life for the big gay decisions they've made in this one. "They will look back on it someday and be held accountable, so that day will come and they will stand before their maker and be accountable for the decisions that they made," he told Perkins. The governor, of course, has also blamed "pop culture" and "political correctness" for the BSA's decision.

Angry Baptists
This one's actually true. Gay Boy Scouts do lead to pissed-off Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention may be on the verge of passing a formal resolution telling its members to pull their kids out of Scouting, according to CNN.

A.J. Smith, the president of the Association of Baptists for Scouting, wrote that the lifting of the ban is nothing less than an attempt to bring down the Scouts from the inside.

"This really isn't about having a place for homosexuals or atheists to benefit from Scouting," he wrote on the organization's website. "There are scouting alternatives for to serve people who hold those practices and beliefs. This is about a concerted effort to bring down a cultural icon. We must brace ourselves for the long haul on this one. Gird yourselves with prayer, entrust your cause to God, and exemplify all that is good and noble in Scouting and in our faith."

Meanwhile, though, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a separate organization based here in Dallas, doesn't seem quite as upset.

"That's not us," spokesman John Hall told me this afternoon. "In fact I had to Google what you were talking about." The Southern Baptist Convention is meeting later this summer in Houston, he said. "I assume they'll talk about the Boy Scouts thing then." As for the Texas Baptists, he said, "To my knowledge, I've not heard anything about it one way or another. It doesn't mean it won't come up in our annual meeting in july in S.A. But we have no formal response at this point."

Clearly John Hall hasn't gotten the message about all the demons and angry Gods and khaki shorts-clad sexual anarchists. Someone set him straight. It all sounds quite serious.

Update, 4 p.m.: Speaking of Baptists, we just heard back from Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of that enormous fountain-studded spaceship that's landed downtown. Jeffress said First Baptist isn't planning to formally urge their congregants to pull their kids out of the Scouts.

"Our church does not sponsor a Boy Scout troop like other churches do," Jeffress said. "So we see no need to pass any kind of resolution about it."

That said, he added, "I would say most of our church members would say say well, the Boy Scouts have an oath that they've taken to be 'morally straight,' And in 2004 the Boy Scouts officially said that homosexuality violated their code of moral straightness. And of course now they've changed positions. My question would be, what's changed? If you deemed something morally crooked and now it's morally straight, what's changed?
The Boy Scouts have allowed the culture rather than moral absolutes to cause them to cave to political correctness."

Just in case you found yourself still wondering where Jeffress stands on homosexuality.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.


Seems ironic for Baptists to be saying atheists and gay kids should go elsewhere, when the (Southern) Baptists already have their own separate pseudo-scouting organization. It's called the Royal Ambassadors. 

RTGolden1 topcommenter

All you really need to say to these people is "... Judge not, lest you be judged..."  "...let he who is without sin cast the first stone...".


I’m Gay and I was in the Boy Scouts. My troop was sponsored by St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Potomac, Maryland. Admittedly this was back in the late 1960s to early 1970s, when the modern Gay rights movement was in its infancy, and the prospect of Gay youth “coming out” was unthinkable. But the fact remains that my sexual orientation was irrelevant to scouting activities, and I imagine the same went for the majority of boys who were Straight (i.e. heterosexual). The official Boy Scout Handbook was not heterocentric. The issue of sexual orientation, one way or another, was simply irrelevant.

Gay boys and men have always participated in the BSA and always will, regardless of the official policy. I’m just glad the when boys in the scouts start coming to grips with a different sexual orientation (usually while in their early teens), they will not be kicked out when they need that social support structure the most. And if some people are so consumed by their animosity toward Gay people that they choose to leave the BSA, they won’t be missed.

This is not to say that individual Boy Scouts, regardless of their sexual orientation, shouldn't be held accountable for inappropriate behavior. They should be. But sexual orientation in and of itself should not be a barrier to scouting.


Dr. Jeffress hangs his hat on Moral Straigtness, which seems pretty obvious. But what about Trustworthiness? Kindness? Bravery? Courtesy? Loyalty? Do those go out the window because of gay scouts? It seems to me that the opponents of the lift on the ban are really the only ones that have abandoned the Scout Law. Gay kids want to uphold it.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

so busy yesterday, that I couldnt make it to this blog

5/5 Vaginas  You tore dem homophobes a new asshole, thanks Ms. merlan

Jacob Brinlee
Jacob Brinlee

I might have stayed in the scouts if I had known there would be gay demons. They party hard.

holmantx topcommenter

Damn, Ms. Merlan!

Quite a tear from a woman who draws her pay from a rag that wholly depends upon objectifying women for its profitability.

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

Looks like the ruling on gay Scouts is bringing out ignorance far and wide.

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

As a Eagle Scout...all the dudes at camp who I messed around with are now married with kids

Charles Collier
Charles Collier

I've net some pretty straight demonic folks in my life.

Montemalone topcommenter

Where can I get me a list of the boy scouts that age out? Once they're legal, I'd like to do a little scouting of my own. There's a few merit badges I've had my eye on...


I think Perry was looking in the mirror when he made his comment. Perry's gonna have a LOT more explaining to do to the Big Guy than any of the Boy Scout delegates or just about ANY gay person! From reading the Bible every day for 25 yrs, it's pretty clear Perry's gonna need plenty of antiperspirant where he's headed!

CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

I hope the hate-mongering Baptists do split with the Scouts. That way they could quietly fade away into the obscurity they so deserve. Evolve already, assholes!


What about the Free Masons and Free Birth Control?  Somehow they are involved in this whole Sexual Anarchy Agenda.


@holmantx Everyone's calling me "Ms. Merlan" all of a sudden. Was there a memo that I missed? You'll have to excuse me, I have to go do that daily bikini carwash that's mandated in my contract.  

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

If your not late from your p/t gig at the beer barn


@Anna_Merlan  I like to do some serious off-roading before I go to a bikini carwash. Its fun to sit in my truck and blast some Whitesnake while those waitresses are scrubbing away.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault