A traditional values leader finds it ironic that the largest pro-LGBT lobbying group in the U.S. criticized Scott Walker for voicing support for a Boy Scouts policy the Wisconsin governor said protected children.
Last week the BSA voted to drop its longtime ban on openly homosexual leaders. Prior to that vote, Walker – an Eagle Scout and GOP presidential hopeful – was asked how he felt about the proposed policy change.
"I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values," he told the Independent Journal Review.
In response, the Human Rights Campaign called for an apology from the governor. "[His] suggestion [that the Scouts' policy] somehow 'protects' children from gay adults is offensive, outrageous, and absolutely unacceptable," HRC president Chad Griffin offered in a statement. "His comments imply that we represent a threat to the safety and well-being of young people."
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality takes issue with Griffin's reaction, reminding HRC of its own history – and particularly that of one of its major contributors and co-founders.
"Terry Bean himself is being prosecuted for having homosexual sex with an underage boy – and now it's come out that he had sex with another underage boy," LaBarbera explains. "And so for the Human Rights Campaign to condemn Scott Walker for wanting to protect Boy Scouts from homosexual predators is just the height of irony."
It appears that Bean will go to trial because a judge recently refused to accept a settlement that would have led to the criminal charges being dropped.