Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, appeared on CNN today where he claimed that allowing gays into the Boy Scouts would be a “catastrophe" because of the "boys and men who are going to end up in relationships" (video below), reports RawStory.com.
“Yes, we live in a democracy and people can make this choice, but if they do, it’s going to be a catastrophe because Baptist scouts and Catholic scouts and Mormon scouts and Methodist scouts, many of them are going to vote with their feet and they’re going to leave the scouts,” Land said. “What they’re doing is to appease their left coast and right coast appendages, they’re cutting out the heart and soul of scouting in the rest of the country.”
“Are you saying that not allowing gay members is the heart and soul of scouting?” CNN's John Berman asked.
“The scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting, teaching them to be morally straight,” Land answered. “And now, they’re going to make it a local option under pressure from corporations and from some scout groups. A core value is not a local option.”
“And let me say one other thing that nobody wants to talk about, and that is that homosexuals, by definition, are attracted to people of the same sex. Now, I’m not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles, but I’m accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are: attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenaged girls to go on camp outs and engaging in camping activities with heterosexual males?”
"...Do parents really want to allow their teenaged boys to go on camp outs with men who are attracted to the same sex? This verges on being beyond the realm of the rational, and it’s going to lead to human tragedy. And the human tragedy is going to be, sadly, boys and men who are going to end up in relationships that are going to be tragic.”