10 Craziest Right-Wing Reactions to Boy Scouts Lifting Gay Ban
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Is it a coincidence that Turley and his wife, Lynne, were just guests at a state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14?
Is it a coincidence that Turley was nominated to President Obama’s Export Council in 2010?
But not even Chuck Norris gets how deep this thing goes: Jim Turley also serves on the board of the National Corporate Theater Fund, and we all know how those theater people are, right?
6. Wow. Could anyone be even more confused than Chuck Norris?
Glad you asked. The answer to the question, "Could anyone be even more confused than X," is always Buster Wilson, the poor man's Bryan Fischer.
Just sit back and take a moment to marvel at a few of his brain-farts about scouting:
“There is no mistaking the fact that homosexuals are known, by their own admission, to have multiple sexual partners...”
Whereas straight people are assigned one partner for life by the Central Committee.
He then offers up a heaping pile of…empathy, arguing that he's just really, really worried about anti-gay bullying:
The gay community is very concerned about gay children being bullied and wrestling with suicide. I am dreadfully worried about those issues as well. No one, including me wants a child to be bullied and certainly we would never want a child to wrestle with much less choose suicide. But what could happen when you place a gay kid in a group of straight kids in a closed environment such as Scouting: is there not an increased worry of bullying and rejection that might cause a child to think of suicide?
Won't somebody think of the gay children? Buster wraps up with a flourish: "I would refer you again, to my friend Bryan Fischer’s latest article where he reminds us all of the Jerry Sandusky story.”
That's right, Jerry Sandusky, married father of six who could have led a Boy Scout troop at any time in the organization's 100-year history provides the perfect argument for banning openly gay scouts.
7. Zombie lies never die....
There's some debate over how many Americans are gay, but the low-end estimates are around 4 percent of the population. So when an oft-cited study of 269 cases of childhood sexual abuse found that just 0.7 percent of the perpetrators were gay (82 percent were the straight partner of a close relative of the child), normal people realized that the supposed connection between homosexuality and pedophilia, like a Jew's horns, is nothing but a myth embraced by ignorant bigots. That hasn't led to the demise of the talking-point, however, as 90 percent of the objections to the Boy Scout ban being lifted demonstrate.
When CNN invited Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council – a hate-group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (and lest you think that's bizarre, I should note that CNN always invites a member of the Klan to discuss issues pertaining to the African-American community) -- he broke out the old classic:
The mere fact that someone openly identifies themselves as homosexual means that they are modeling for boys the acceptability of homosexual conduct. And parents who do not agree with that view have a right to protect their children from that...They have a right to protect their children from the potential risk of child sexual abuse at the hands of men who might be attracted to other males.
8. Non-right-wing Christians are just weird.