gays in the boy scouts

Rick Perry Wants You to Know He’s Against Gays in the Boy Scouts

CHEROKEE, IA - DECEMBER 16: Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry arrives at the Copper Cup coffee shop for a campaign stop on December 16, 2011 in Cherokee, Iowa. Perry and the other GOP contenders are in the final stretch of campaigning in Iowa, where the caucus on January 3, 2012 is the first test the candidates must face to become the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Perry: Ah, the good ol’ Scouting days, when all the gays were closeted. Photo: Scott Olson/2011 Getty Images

Just seven months ago, the Boy Scouts of America renewed its prohibition on gay members, but now, in an about-turn, the organization’s ruling national executive board says it may vote to overturn the no-gays policy as early as this Monday. Texas Governor Rick Perry, himself a former scoutmaster, warned a Texas Scouts gathering in the State Capitol today that the organization needs to stand firm against political correctness. “To have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate,” he told the AP after his remarks. “Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization.”

In his 2008 book On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For, Perry writes about what would happen if gay scouts or scoutmasters were allowed to join. “Because gay activism is central to their lives, it would unavoidably be a topic of conversation within a Scout troop,” he wrote. “This would distract from the mission of Scouting: character building, not sex education.” It’s all part of a war Perry says is being waged by the “forces of secularism” against what was, in his words, a “once unassailable American institution.” Times are indeed a-changing, Rick Perry, but if it’s any consolation, even if the national organization rescinds its no-gays policy, local chapters and sponsors will still be allowed to be as homophobic as they please.

Rick Perry: Boy Scouts Shouldn’t Let Gays In