On their honor, they won’t tell either

18 Oct

According to the Associated Press today, newly released records from the Boy Scouts of America reveal that:

[a]gain and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows… as detailed in 14,500 pages of secret “perversion files” released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, their maneuvers allowed sexual predators to go free while victims suffered in silence… The files contain details about proven molesters, but also unsubstantiated allegations. The allegations stretch across the country and to military bases overseas, from a small town in the Adirondacks to downtown Los Angeles (http://news.yahoo.com/perversion-files-show-locals-helped-cover-181647842.html).

While this revelation is disturbing in and of itself, I can’t help but think about it in light of the Boy Scouts’ judgment that being gay “does not agree to Scouting’s principle of ‘Duty to God’” (see my 10/08/12 post). How exactly does protecting a child molester qualify as doing your “Duty to God”?

And note the LA Times reporting that, “Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign and helped many cover their tracks, allowing the molesters to cite bogus reasons for their departure” (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/boy-scouts-america-perversion-files-apology.html). Frequently? As in, not always?

So they’ll kick a kid out for being gay, but they’ll sometimes let someone who abuses a child stick around?

While the Boy Scouts of America are demonstrating the principle of consistency in their “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, this is one instance where inconsistency would serve duty better.

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