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Sunday, June 9, 2013
The bias of The Roanoke Times’ editorial position regarding the difficult question of homosexual rights was in overdrive in the Horizon section of June 2:
A cover-page commentary (“New policy on gays, same toxic message”) represented the homosexual movement’s new mantra that the Boy Scouts of America did not go far enough in its balanced decision to open up membership to declared homosexual boys, but not adult leaders. This was coupled on Page 4 with a midpage, sardonic and tasteless cartoon denigrating the Scouts, stamped in the middle of a reasoned piece by the president of Roanoke’s own Boy Scout Council (“Scouting for solidarity”). It smacked of yellow journalism.
The homosexual movement’s relentless campaign of decades for so-called equality and its support by the mainstream press have succeeded so well that the campaign has distorted society’s perspective.
We have extremely punitive laws and social outrage over heterosexual molestation of minors and go to great lengths to prevent it. Just as in the heterosexual population, there are sexual predators among homosexuals.
The practical position of the Boy Scouts has never been against homosexuals — although maybe not openly, they have always been in the Scouts — it is against predators.
Not being able always to monitor all Scouts and their activities, the safest protection for boys of pubescent age and against the risk of enormous lawsuits is not to have homosexual adult leaders. Boys at that age look up to and revere their adult leaders, and therefore become easy fodder for a sexual predator in such a position.
Have we learned nothing from the pervasive and tragic experiences of like circumstances with Catholic priests or the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State University?
The good news is that, in spite of all the pressure and distorted press coverage, the Boy Scouts will continue to do what they’ve done for 100 years — turn boys into good citizens.
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