Arts & Entertainment
Bigotry and the Boy Scouts
ompiled by Howard Israel
Originally printed 6/21/2012 (Issue 2025 - Between The Lines News)
"What I said while I was mayor ... I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective ... I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous. Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous. I think that doctors can make a case for it certainly. (Asked whether it is dangerous to be gay) I have no opinion, but I think that doctors can make a case for it, certainly."
-Mayor Janice Daniels, Troy, Michigan, in an interview on local Talk Radio 1270, http://detroit.cbslocal.com/, June 13.
"The month of June is Gay Pride Month. I have not yet seen where they have declared Adultery Pride Month. I have not seen where they have declared the Drunkenness Pride Month. Here's the issue, it's not a matter of whether or not someone can do what they want to do with their lives. We're talking about redefining the rest of culture and making others both embrace, celebrate and subsidize... We're talking about changing the laws that will influence what our children are taught in schools... We're talking about religious organizations losing their religious freedom... We never asked for this debate... It was the homosexual community that wanted to have this discussion on redefining marriage. Whether it's adultery, whether it's any type of sexual immorality it's a problem, but we're not celebrating those other forms as a society, we're not promoting it and teaching it as normal in our schools... When it comes to drunkenness, we have laws to try to protect the rest of society."
-Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, on a radio talk show, on the American Family Association's radio network, http://www.rightwingwatch.org, June 11.
"Ernst & Young is proud to have such a strong record in LGBT inclusiveness. As CEO, I know that having an inclusive culture produces the best results, is the right thing for our people and makes us a better organization. My experience has led me to believe that an inclusive environment is important throughout our society and I am proud to be a leader on this issue. I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse. As I have done in leading Ernst & Young to being a most inclusive organization, I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress."
-James Turley, CEO, Ernst & Young accounting firm, in a statement, the first member of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) Executive Board to publicly disapprove of the nationwide policy excluding gays and will work from within to change it, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, June 13.
"I regret to say that I and others like me have been alienated by the modern Boy Scout organization I used to admire. It would be wonderful to have an organization that provides all the opportunity for learning and adventure without all the religious bigotry and homophobic garbage. I support the mission of the advocacy group Scouting for All that wishes to make BSA more inclusive. I continue to support the Girl Scouts for their inclusion of homosexual atheistic and trans-gendered girls in their movement and enjoy buying their cookies. I would like to see an organization that does all the cool things that the BSA does and includes girls too as I question the extent to which single sex environments are a positive thing."
-Jim Wilson, in his blog posting titled "My beef with Boy Scouts of America," posted on Freethought Arizona, a blog for freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and secular humanists in Arizona, about the BSA's anti-Atheist, anti-women, anti-gay policies, http://tucsoncitizen.com, May 31.