Here is an interesting article http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/report-boy-scout-documents-reveal-repeat-child-abuse-by-sexual-predators/2012/08/05/2011b2e4-df29-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_story.html . Before discussing it at all, let me make clear that it can be extremely difficult to assess accusations of molestation. We live in a country that professes to believe that persons are innocent until proven to be guilty. However, many seem to believe that child molestation may be an exception to that maxim. After all, we have an obligation to protect children from these individuals. I was indirectly involved in evaluating an accusation of a physician accused of molesting children. He was a senior and highly respected physician specializing in urology. A 15 year old accused him of having molested him during examination. The boy was in trouble at school and with local police for multiple episodes of misconduct so was not considered a reliable witness. The physician, as I have said was highly respected; plus, urology involves touching and examining the genitals of patients so can be misinterpreted as fondling. In any event, after review, the physician was absolved of any misconduct. Several years later, he was arrested for soliciting, fondling, and molesting young boys.
The Boy Scouts have been adamant in prohibiting gay and lesbian persons from leadership positions.
My question at this juncture is “Would it be safer for boys were more of the boy scout leaders gay?” After all, gays are no more likely to be pedophiles than straights and would seem to have more to lose if discovered to have molested children (easier trial and harsher sentencing seem likely).
I realize that some will make a religious analysis of this but ask that we not get into religion this time. There is little evidence that being religious makes one either more or less likely to molest children. Additionally, the boy scouts are a private organization and, as such, are fully entitled to make their own decisions on membership and leadership. Like several other youth organizations (Demolay in my case) there are faults and goods to be found in these organizations. The boy scouts have been instrumental in leading numerous young men to mature and productive adult status (the girl scouts also for that matter). I have no bone to pick with them or their principles. My question is only in regard to whether it might be time for the organization to reconsider its decision on this issue.
PS, I was incredibly proud to assist my grandson in achieving Eagle Scout status.