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Rick Perry: Boy Scouts Reduce Teen Pregnancy, So No Gay Boy Scouts

by David Badash on February 3, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

Rick Perry yesterday once again entered the national conversation, submitting his two cents (it would have been three cents but he forgot the last penny) on whether or not the Boy Scouts of America should drop their ban on gay people. Of course, the Texas Republican governor said, “no.” But lost in the Associated Press article was Rick Perry’s reasoning (which has been lost on America for decades.)

READ: Rick Perry Tells ‘Christian Warriors’ Separation Of Church And State Is Of ‘Satan’

“America’s longest-serving governor addressed the Texas Scouts’ 64th annual Report to State, where hundreds of Scouts from around Texas filled the state House of Representatives to announce their delegation’s recent accomplishments,” the AP reports:

Even though the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, the proposal is expected to be discussed, and possibly voted on, at the meeting of the Scouts’ national executive board, which begins Monday in Irving, outside Dallas.

[Governor] Perry told the youngsters that the Scouts was a key reason he joined the U.S. Air Force and later sought public office, and that society’s failure to adhere to the organization’s core values was a cause for high rates of teen pregnancy and wayward youth who grow up to be “men joining their fathers in prison.”

Speaking to reporters afterward, Perry said: “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.”

“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said. He said his views on the subject haven’t changed since writing his book, in which he noted that profits would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America Legal Defense since “they continue to be under attack from the forces of secularism.”

Asked if he would feel different about the Scouts if the policy is changed, Perry wouldn’t say. But he added: “to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”

Apparently, Rick Perry has relied on the Boy Scouts (and abstinence-only sex education)  to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in the state of Texas, which is perhaps why Texas ranks an astonishing number four (as in fourth-highest rate of teen pregnancies) in the nation for teen pregnancies.

Just how allowing gay scouts and gay scout leaders into the Boy Scouts would increase the incidence of teen pregnancy — or teen incarceration, for that matter — Governor Perry did not bother to mention.

By the way, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported in 2011, Governor Perry equated homosexuality to alcoholism in his 2008 book, On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting for, and suggested “radical gay rights groups” are intolerant.

For the record, alcoholism is classified as a substance use disorder. Homosexuality is not a mental disorder at all.

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lepidopteryx February 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm

So gay Boy Scouts are more likely to get pregnant than straight ones? I doubt many gay Boy Scouts are going to be getting girls pregnant.

thomwatson February 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

How interesting that Gov. Perry likes to compare homosexuality to alcoholism given his New Hampshire speech and presentation that let many pundits to wonder aloud if the governor were drunk at the time.

Alex_Parrish February 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I…um…just…WOW!!! That has got to be one of the stupidest things I have read in a long while. It looks like Texas goes for everything in a BIG way — even if it's the title of being "the Stupidest."

James_M_Martin February 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

And they pay in cash; it's as good as money.

Huntercgo February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

Somehow, using the word "reasoning" in relation to Rick Perry just — well it just — words fail me.

StanleyJames February 5, 2013 at 12:45 am

The same rick perry who idsappeared from the national scene re the presidency when it was found out that his leased huning grounds had a sign over the gate – NIxxERHEAD RANCH

Effectively he is a Kluxer as well as a gay hater. The two usually go hand in hand. Welcome to the southenr baptist – evangelicals, many of whom are still fighting the civil war and Obama is their double nightmare come true – a black president who understands what hatred is about from his youth and also is supporting equality for lgbt people

heres the lowdon on rick perry – he must have been proud to have a ranch for a hunting ground where he hosted fellow repubs etc – a ranch where the name in front of it was NIxxERHEAD RANCH

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