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Santorum: Allowing gay members will ‘murder’ the Boy Scouts

By David Edwards
Monday, February 4, 2013 14:17 EDT
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Rick Santorum in a bowling shirt (ABC News)
 
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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that ending the ban on LGBT scouts and leaders could spell doom for the Boy Scouts of America and transform young men so that they are no longer “clean and reverent.”

In a Sunday column for World Net Daily, Santorum opined that if the Scouts’ national board of directors goes through their proposal to allow individual scouting organizations to accept gay members at Thursday’s meeting then it would just be “another example of the left attempting to remove God from all areas of public life.”

The former Pennsylvania senator predicted that “every troop that doesn’t want a homosexual or atheist scoutmaster will be sued.”

“Many will simply leave and pursue alternative ways to continue to invest in the development of their young men’s character, leaving the Scouts hollowed out at its core.”

Santorum continued by urging board members James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, and Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, to “read the Boy Scout Law” before making their final decision.

“It is filled with words that have long left the popular lexicon when applied to young men, but I suspect traits you would value in your employees: trustworthy, loyal, courteous, thrifty, obedient, clean and reverent,” he wrote. “Yes, the Boy Scouts are not of the popular culture. They haven’t transformed themselves to keep up with what is cool or trending, so in the mind of the intolerant liberal mind they must be forced to conform.”

Santorum concluded: “Scouting may not survive this transformation of American society, but for the sake of the average boy in America, I hope the board of the Scouts doesn’t have its fingerprints on the murder weapon.”

(h/t: Right Wing Watch, CNN)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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