Internal effort for 'gay' leaders in BSA

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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The head of a Florida-based pro-family organization says it's unconscionable that an executive board member of the Boys Scouts of America would publicly fight for homosexual Scoutmasters.

Several news sources, including The Huffington Post, have reported that James Turley, the chief executive officer of Ernst & Young, says he does not support the Scouts' policy of excluding homosexuals and "will work from within to seek a change." He is the first member of the Scouts' executive board known to publicly disapprove of the policy, but AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has indicated that he might also be interested in Turley's effort.

Florida Family Association (FFA) president David Caton says his group is encouraging people to contact Turley and call on him to resign from the board. David Caton 1"If he does not understand the mission of developing the moral character of young boys, then he needs to resign," Caton contends. "He's clearly going strongly against the wind that has kept the Boy Scouts of America the institution that it has been for so many years." And in light of the child abuse allegations surrounding former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the FFA president finds Turley's action even more unbelievable. "Those situations occur and have occurred in the Boy Scouts of America, even with the policy in place," he notes. "And that is the reason why they're fighting so strongly to keep that policy in place, because they know it's going to open up the floodgates." OneNewsNow reported earlier that a Boy Scouts spokesman from the national headquarters says the organization does not have plans to change the policy, which denies membership to those "who are open homosexuals or would engage in behavior that would distract from the mission of the Boy Scouts."

Caton hopes Turley will be compelled to resign from the BSA board.

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