Re: BSA and Gays
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@LEHMAN.COM)
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 14:50:32 -0400
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 1994 11:51:57 -0400
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Douglas Flewelling)
I am frankly tired of having to explain to my rational friends why the BSA
would want to spend millions of dollars keeping gays at the gates, while an
admitted adulterer is made its Honorary President.
A minor nit. While I think that we all `know' what happened, he
hasn't technically admitted to adultery. What he said was that there
had been problems with his marriage.
John Lindner makes a good point that the current BSA anti-gay policy is
misdirected fear and blatant discrimination. I believe that there is a
misconception that pedaphiles are homosexuals and vice versa. Research is
showing that pedaphiles are separate class and under no circumstances
should be allowed access scouts or any other child.
Yup, this stereotype has as little to do with reality as any. I don't
want to violate copyright, but I think that excerpts are generally
acceptable, so I'm including a bit of a recent Associate Press article
at the end of this message.
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From: email@example.com (AP)
Subject: Study: Gays Not Worse Abusers
Copyright: 1994 by The Associated Press, R
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 94 15:30:24 PDT
CHICAGO (AP) -- Openly gay and lesbian adults are no more likely
than heterosexual adults to sexually abuse children, a new study
The study was done in Colorado, after a group lobbying to limit
gay rights claimed that people living openly as homosexuals are
responsible for 50 percent of all child molestations.
``No evidence is available from this data that children are at
greater risk to be molested by identifiable homosexuals than by
other adults,'' wrote the authors of the study, published in the
July issue of Pediatrics.
. . .
In 222 of 269 cases, or 82 percent, the suspect was a
heterosexual partner of a relative of the child, said the
researchers, led by Dr. Carole Jenny, director of the
child-protection team at The Children's Hospital in Denver.
Typically, suspects were fathers, stepfathers or boyfriends of
mothers. The vast majority of offenders were men in both girls' and
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City