Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) appeared on the Family Research Council‘s program “Stand With Scouts Sunday” yesterday and compared banning gay people from the Boy Scouts of America to fighting slavery before the Civil War, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"The greatest governor who ever served this state was Sam Houston," said Gov. Perry. "From this library from where I speak, he made a powerful decision that cost him his governorship. He was against slavery and he stood up, very passionately, and said 'Texas does not need to leave the union over slavery. We need to stay.'"
"And he was right, but it cost him his governorship. That’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage, that I hope people across this country, on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization it is today."
Gov. Perry also called people that support the non-discrimination of gays the "pop culture."
“Their values and principles have worked for a century now," said Gov. Perry "And for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up, which happens to be the flavor of the month so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that has served millions of young men, helped them become men and great fathers, that is just not appropriate and I hope the American people will stand up and say, ‘Not on my watch.’”
The Boy Scouts of America have proposed allowing gay scouts, but continuing a ban on gay adults as scoutmasters. The proposal will come up for a vote this month at the scouts’ National Executive Board.