Kids who self-identify as gay are sexualized kids. How does that happen to a child in the latency period before puberty? Abuse is always a possibility, but also exposure and suggestion by adults. That's why gay groups are so involved in schools even at the elementary level with sex ed, safe touch, diversity training, anti-bullying programs, gay-straight alliance clubs, etc. ad nauseum. These programs groom kids for sexual experimentation. Would you want a twelve-year-old, self-identified gay scout who's been exposed to all these things tenting with your cub scout? There's a reason the scouts are not co-ed!
From the gay activist's point of view, the new policy is also about gay adult access which is inevitable. Once the gay scouts are 18, is BSA really going to just shake hands and say good-bye; you can't be involved any more? That's ridiculous! Of course, the next step is allowing gay leaders.
There are many reasons sexualizing the scouts is a serious problem? Think of the campouts. Will there be a policy to segregate the gay boys (who openly admit sexual attraction to other boys) from the straights? If not, isn't that like putting boys and girls together which scout policy forbids? Will there be segregated sleeping arrangements and showering facilities, for example. What if a troop has only one or two gay scouts? Think of the logistics nightmare of dealing with the new policy. And can't you just hear the screams about discrimination and marginalization and making the gay kids feel like second-class scouts if any precautions are taken? No, the BSA battle is just beginning with the ultimate goal being gay leaders at all levels including national policy-development. All you have to do is look at the Girl Scouts which heavily supports feminism, Planned Parenthood, and the LGBT agenda to see where the BSA is going.
I couldn't disagree more with canon lawyer Ed Peters who makes the case for "tak[ing] the Boy Scouts at their word" and waiting. That's how the frog got boiled! Dr. Judith Reisman has a different take, outrage, and she backs it up with statistics on kids sexually abusing younger kids:
It is estimated that in the United States, juveniles are responsible for up to one-fifth of all rapes and up to one half of all cases of child molestation committed each year (CSOM, 1999).Tlhe BSA's former policy excluding gays didn't stop child sex abuse. It was just hidden. Does anyone believe the new policy will make the situation safer for scouts, especially the youngest boys? And when (not if) gay scout leaders are allowed, things will get even dicier.
Juveniles are 36 percent of all sex offenders who victimize children. Seven out of eight are at least 12 years old, and 93 percent are boys (Crimes Against Children Research Center, UNH, 2010).
The good news is that the BSA is no longer the only show in town. Parents and leaders are already considering alternatives. I blogged a few days ago about Catholic Scouts of St. George and there are other choices springing up as well. See Fatih Based Boys. There's nothing in their statement of faith that a Catholic couldn't subscribe to. Troops that leave en masse can take their structure and just incorporate it into a new organization. Think of it as swarming bees. They leave the original hive and look for a new home. When they find it, they just move on in and keep doing what they do. Alternative organizations will provide the new homes for scout troops that see where the BSA is going and don't want to go there. Parents with any sense will dump the BSA and find an alternative. The risk to the physical and moral health of young boys is just too great to be worth "tak[ing] the Boy Scouts at their word.".