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Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert Implies Gay Boy Scouts Are Pedophiles

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A Texas congressman is coming under the microscope for some comments he made about the Boy Scouts' recent decision to allow openly gay members.

Congressman Louie Gohmert made his comments during an appearance on the Family Research Council's radio show, Washington Watch. During his appearance, Gohmert basically implied that the Boy Scouts decision would lead to older gay youths raping young boys, The Advocate reported.

"I was just so brokenhearted over the vote with the Boy Scouts," Gohmert told the show’s host, Tony Perkins. "You’re going to allow a situation where a 17-year-old guy that’s sexually attracted to other guys gets in a little tent with an 11-year-old new rookie Boy Scout and they spend the night together, night after night at camp? I mean, come on. I thought we were making progress.”

He continued:

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“All I can figure is — I was an Eagle Scout, we share so much of the love of scouting — when you hear what happened, the people I talked to are, 'Well, just think, there are so many corporations that are holding up their donations, and if we will just do this, all of that money is going to flow to Boy Scouts.' Are you kidding me? Is money the most important thing in life? Gosh no. You’re blessed so much more if you follow the teachings in the little old rulebook we call the Bible."

During the segment, Texas governor Rick Perry also had some choice comments criticizing the decision of the Boy Scouts of America.

“They will look back on it someday and be held accountable, so that day will come and they will stand before their maker and be accountable for the decisions that they made,” Perry said.

“Scouting is not about sex, it’s about building character. But those who wanted to push their agenda have now put parents and young men in the position of making a decision, is this where I want to spend my time? Is this an organization that I do want to be associated with? I think the jury is going to be out for a while. I do think that those on that board made a decision that was driven by political correctness [and] by money.”

Sources: The Advocate, Right Wing Watch