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December 28, 2013
It’s very stringent that boys and girls aren’t going to sleep in the same tent together. So, why would you have two boys that would be doing some of the same things you’re trying to prevent?
Scoutmaster Jim Brass • Discussing his reasoning for taking his Auburn, Wash.-based troop out of the Boy Scouts of America, which is changing its rules to allow for gay scouts starting January 1. His concerns touch upon the sexual (noted above) as well as the religious. “If they announced, ‘We’re all going to start getting drunk,’ we’d still leave,” he explained. “And to say we’re reverent but we’re going to go against something specifically God said, it doesn’t sit well with me.”
12:53 // 3 months ago
June 17, 2013
I am a straight scoutmaster with a wife, two children and a golden retriever so it does not impact me other than the loss to our troop of some great volunteers to the program. What we did was carry the American flag proudly at the front of the parade; and having scouts in color guards in parades is as American as apple pie.
Peter Brownstein, Salt Lake City BSA volunteer • Commenting on a reprimand that he and fellow Salt Lake City resident Neil Whitaker received from the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America after participating in the Utah Pride Parade on June 2. The two men have apparently been told they could be kicked out of the BSA, for violating rules which bar leaders from using the BSA to advance political positions, if they don’t apologize to local organization officials for participating in the parade. Both men have indicated they have no plans to apologize. source
20:34 // 10 months ago
April 19, 2013
Boy Scouts announces proposal to lift gay ban for youth members: Adult members wouldn’t be covered by the proposed vote, however. They certainly picked a pretty quiet news day to announce this news.

Boy Scouts announces proposal to lift gay ban for youth members: Adult members wouldn’t be covered by the proposed vote, however. They certainly picked a pretty quiet news day to announce this news.

12:01 // 1 year ago
February 3, 2013

Obama: Scouting should be open to gays and lesbians

breakingnews:

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?

17:31 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
14:10 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012
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?
10:55 // 1 year ago
October 17, 2012
The Los Angeles Times has compiled a searchable database of the “perversion files”, a  collection of more than 1900 documents outlining allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Boy Scouts of America employees and volunteers. The files cover a period of time spanning two decades, and case summaries from more than 3,100 cases opened between 1947 and 2005. The map above depicts each of the troops or units mentioned in one or more documents found in the LA Times’ collection. (Photo via LA Times) source

The Los Angeles Times has compiled a searchable database of the “perversion files”, a  collection of more than 1900 documents outlining allegations of sexual abuse on the part of Boy Scouts of America employees and volunteers. The files cover a period of time spanning two decades, and case summaries from more than 3,100 cases opened between 1947 and 2005. The map above depicts each of the troops or units mentioned in one or more documents found in the LA Times’ collection. (Photo via LA Times) source

17:41 // 1 year ago
0:19 // 1 year ago
September 26, 2012
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
11:01 // 1 year ago
September 16, 2012

L.A. Times report: Hundreds of cases of alleged molestation went unreported by Boy Scouts

  • 500+ the number of cases of alleged sexual molestation, between the years of 1970 and 1991, that the Boy Scouts learned about prior to law enforcement, according to documents acquired by the Los Angeles Times
  • 80% the percentage of cases which were never reported to police by the Boy Scouts
  • 100+ the number of cases that show signs of a cover-up, whether concealed by the Scouts or hidden by the suspects. To put it simply, this all looks really, really bad. source
21:30 // 1 year ago