Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) appeared on the Family Research Council's “Stand With Scouts Sunday” webcast on Sunday where he claimed the Boy Scouts of America was being bullied, harassed and extorted for banning gays, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
“The Boy Scouts are actually being bullied worse than any group or organization that has ever been bullied before,” said Rep. Palazzo. "They've been intimidated, extorted for corporate funds, contributions."
“They are being harassed and, at the end of the day, they are also being ridiculed by some in the liberal media. And so if I can do anything, I'm going to lend my voice and my strength to them and tell them to stand strong [against allowing gays]."
Rep. Palazzo also called for the removal of "agitators" who are trying to corrupt the Boy Scouts of America." He did not identify the "agitators" or explain how they should be removed.
He also did not explain why the Boy Scouts of America has not called for criminal charges for harassment and extortion, which are illegal in the U.S.
The Boy Scouts of America will vote on May 23 on a proposal to allow gay scouts, but still ban gay scoutmasters.
A recent Boy Scouts of America survey shows that 61 percent of their members support keeping the ban against homosexuals, reports CNSNews.com. The poll said 34% want to allow gays. The survey was of 200,000 adult scout members, but not the present scouts themselves.
Source: RightWingWatch.org and CNSNews.com