Focus on the Family Pres. Jim Daly Uses Holocaust Quote Against Gays in Boy Scouts

| by Michael Allen
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Focus on the Family president Jim Daly recently wrote a blog post about how the Boy Scouts of America may drop its long held ban against gays in the organization.

Daly used a quote from Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, to compare the Boy Scouts being neutral on gays to countries that were neutral during the Holocaust:

Neutrality is often an attractive option, especially when the goal is to not offend. But in this case, I'm reminded of what the great humanitarian and political activist Elie Wiesel once wrote about trying to remain neutral when it comes to moral affairs:

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.

Daly also claimed that “openly practicing homosexuals” in the Boy Scouts will somehow undermine “the character and safety of the boys,” implying that the children may be at physical risk from gay men:

To the shock and disappointment of many of us, the Boy Scouts of America released a statement yesterday indicating the possibility of changing its policy that prevents the participation of openly practicing homosexuals.

At stake in this debate is not just the golden brand of the Boy Scouts but most importantly the character and safety of the boys involved.