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Boy Scouts: Social Justice Demands Protection of Children



A Boy Scout patrol does community service.

As a former homosexual who was sexually molested as a child, I urge the Boy Scouts of America to reinforce their policy prohibiting homosexuals as Scout leaders entrusted with the care of impressionable young boys and teens.

Boy Scout leaders must lead

Boy Scouts leaders are exactly that – leaders. Boys watch them very closely. Boys also look up to older Boy Scout members and want to imitate them and follow their examples. Boys at that stage of maturity emulate male role models. A homosexual who gently eases boys and young men into exposure of homosexuality by his own personal example promotes homosexual behavior as normal, natural and healthy. This paves the way for youth to question their own sexuality and be affirmed into homosexuality. Promoting homosexuality to youth is also a political ploy to further homosexual approval.

Like the Catholic Church hierarchy, the Boy Scouts have a history of hushing up and settling sexual molestation cases brought by boys under their care. The book, Scout’s Honor by investigative reporter Patrick Boyle, revealed 1,800 cases in which Scout leaders had been dismissed for abusing boys. And two years ago, a jury awarded $18.5 million to a man abused by a Scoutmaster.

A personal journey

A Boy Scout patrol does community service.

Members of a Boy Scout patrol collaborate on an Eagle Scout service project. PHoto: Greg Schechter, CC BY 2.0 Generic License.

My own sexual molestation as a youth was a contributing factor to my homosexual behavior as I got older. I left homosexuality only when I saw over 100 of my friends die of AIDS. I regret all those years of living homosexually – time wasted when I could have been dating and experiencing a relationship with a woman, gotten married, and raised children together. But sexual molestation and homosexuality raped me of those precious years, which should have been the best years of my life.

Today, I should be able to look at my children’s faces and see reflections of my wife. Instead, I am fighting heterophobic legislation initiated by the gay lobby, which would prevent children molested by homosexuals from seeking heterosexual counseling. Gay activists like the Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Poverty Law Center demand equality while denying equality to the ex-gay community, but denying children access to full mental health care is outrageous and perverted.

To insist that homosexuals be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts while demanding that heterosexual counseling for molested children be outlawed is a gross miscarriage of justice. What do the Boy Scouts have to say about this injustice?


No matter what precautions the Boy Scouts put in place so that open homosexuals can participate, such safeguards will never be enough. It’s like installing smoke alarms, fire ladders, and extinguishers in your home. Yes, if there’s a fire, a family may survive and get out of a burning house. But the best thing would be to not light the match in the first place.

A personal message to the Boy Scouts

As an ex-gay man, my personal message to the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America is this:

Dear Messrs. Randall L. Stephenson, James S. Turley, Nathan S. Rosenberg, Wayne Perry, Wayne Brock, Alf Tuggle, Gary P. Butler, Tico Perez, and others,

It seems that one or more of your major corporate donors is pressuring you, and others are bullying you, to change the Boy Scout policy to admit homosexuals. This corporate donor is concerned about “discrimination” and knows many nice gays who he is certain would never look at a child sexually.

I, too, was one of those nice gays. But I was also one of those nice children who was molested. Please do without some corporate funding if you must, cut your budget and protect the children in your care. One case of child sexual molestation is one case too many.


Money with dangerous conditions attached is not a donation – it’s a bribe.


Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) provides outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and the ex-gay community. They can be reached at


Call the Boy Scouts now at 972-580-2000, and tell them: “DO NOT CHANGE YOUR POLICY ON ‘SEXUAL ORIENTATION.” Also call 972-580-2597; use their Contact Page or E-mail

Reprinted from P-FOX.




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molestation is generally not about sex so much as it is about power and domination, and thus it is possible that a straight identifying leader could molest children. Banning homosexuality is wrong (both to gay kids and gay parents) but also needless.

I agree that sexuality shouldnt be an aspect of Boy Scouts (minus the small sections in the book on sex education and safe sex), but people should be able to be open.

Terry A. Hurlbut

Your argument assumes, without warrant and in the face of widely available testimony, that being gay is (a) something you’re born with, (b) irremediable, and (c) not even needing a remedy.

It is none of these things.

Homosexuality is a learned response, a teachable response, a recruitable response, and a changeable response.

Mr. Quinlan himself is a direct witness to all these things. For your information, because I evidently did not make that as clear as I should have with enough editor’s notes, Mr. Quinlan is the head of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (P-FOX). Aside from the singular honor that the head of such an organization, with a mission, an outreach, and attendant responsibilities that are national in scope, should choose an up-start conservative site like mine to contribute to, his is the most direct evidence that I can present that homosexuality is a coping strategy, *is* remediable, and *needs* a remedy.

I would ask you to bury your head in sand if you wish. But I don’t think you’re doing that. I think you know perfectly well the stakes in this game. For the destruction of the Boy Scouts of America is part and parcel of the Great Progressive Package Deal. The idea is to replace the Boy Scouts with the Obama Young Pioneers.

There. You want motive? I have just given you motive.

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