AP: In a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, US President Barack Obama said the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.
During the interview, Obama praised the scouts as a ‘great institution’ that provides young people with lifelong leadership training and opportunities. He said “no one should be barred from that.”
What direction do you think the Scouts will ultimately go?
The Scouts have got to expose, list and severely punish every former employee or volunteer who ignored or concealed child sex crimes. Nothing will have a quicker and more long-lasting impact of changing the culture of recklessness and secrecy.David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests • Making his recommendation to the Boy Scouts of America as to what they should do next following the release of thousands of pages of confidential documents detailing abuse within the Boy Scouts. The release of the files created a firestorm of controversy regarding the organization and crashed the Web site of attorney Kelly Clark, who posted the files on his site Thursday, drawing 200,000 hits in a short amount of time. (The site’s back up now.) Could the Boy Scouts put this controversy behind them for good with the right response?
While we believe the files are an inconclusive record, the BSA will undertake a new review and analysis … to ensure that all good-faith suspicion of abuse [from 1965-present] have been reported to law enforcement.A Boy Scouts spokesperson • Explaining, in an e-mailed statement, that the group plans to investigate allegations that a series of child molestation scandals among its ranks went unreported for decades. The Scouts also released a statement from psychiatrist Dr. Janet I. Warren defending the group against the allegations it faces. source