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Chain yanked

March 10, 2013

In the past two weeks there have been two letters to the editor that have really yanked my chain. First there is a "Reverend" and former Boy Scout who is protesting gays as troop leaders....

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msamerica101

Mar-14-13 9:41 AM

Why can't we all just get along?

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 5:22 AM

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The American Psychological Association agrees, "Another myth about homosexuality is the mistaken belief that gay men have more of a tendency than heterosexual men to sexually molest children. There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals molest children."

According to these reputable studies, gay men are actually less likely to molest children. So, will these myth-busters change general perception?

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Unfortunately, the answer is no. These are by and large folks who don’t pay attention to facts, and for every 100 credible studies that portray lesbians and gay men as decent human beings, they will be able to dig up or fabricate a crooked Paul Cameron style study to fling around. One can only hope that their bigotry, like the racial bigotry of previous generations, becomes less overt and less socially acceptable over time.

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 5:19 AM

Are gay men more likely to molest children? General public perception is that child molestation is directly linked to homosexuality. Perhaps it's because many continue to falsely associate homosexuality exclusively with sexual behavior and thus believe children are not safe around gay men. This misguided perception has led to widespread opposition to gay teachers, religious leaders and day care providers among others. But is the link between gays and pedophilia fact or myth?

Adoption expert, Carrie Craft cites the Child Welfare Information Gateway (previously National Adoption Information Clearinghouse) as stating, "A child's risk of being molested by his or her relatives' heterosexual partner is over one hundred times greater than by someone who might be identifiable as being homosexual." The study also found that of 269 cases of child sex abuse, only two offenders where found to be gay or lesbian. The American Psychological Association agrees, "Another myth about ho

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 5:14 AM

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The files played a key evidentiary role in a 2010 civil case in which an Oregon jury found the Boy Scouts liable for $20 million for failing to protect a scout from a 1980s leader who was an admitted pedophile.

Since at least 1919, the Boy Scouts, headquartered in Irving, Texas, has maintained an "ineligible volunteers" file to prevent suspected pedophiles from re-entering its ranks in other cities and states.

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 5:13 AM

REUTERS - Mon Oct 1, 2012

Boy Scouts face release of damaging child sex abuse files

(Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America is preparing to report to law enforcement the names of hundreds of adult leaders who have confessed to or been accused of molesting scouts since the 1960s, a spokesman said Monday.

The decision to turn over names to authorities comes as the Boy Scouts is preparing for the court-ordered release this month of 20,000 pages of internal files. The files date from 1965 to 1985 and detail roughly 1,200 cases of scout leaders who abused children or were accused of doing so.

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PEDOPHILES!!!!!! NEVER in the history of medicine has a PEDOPHILE been CURED of this hellish affliction. And while a man can have his genitals removed, how do you stop the female pedophile? Sorry, but as far as I'm concerned, they should all be put on some island out in the middle of the ocean to prey on each other.

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USABorn

Mar-11-13 5:01 AM

"I'm a married heterosexual conservative parent that is old enough to remember the scandals of homosexual scout leaders taking advantage of their position with the Boyscout organization to make sure they had plenty of "alone time" with young and impressional boys that they molested."

I remember that "stink" also, and it was the ignorance of people not knowing the difference between a gay person and a pedophile that caused it.

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CMReeder

Mar-10-13 7:52 PM

Hmmm! The gay people I know then are bigots because they tell me often how fabulous they are.

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Class144

Mar-10-13 7:24 PM

"No you moron, making a sweeping generalization about a group of people is biotry, making a statement about one person is an opinion."

You try so hard to act as if you have at least a smidgen of intellect, but it's all a ruse because you can't even frame your rebuttals as anything more than playground chest-beatings, and I suppose that's why you enjoy the name calling. Oh, you little Enigma you. Go spend more time with your husband.

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Class144

Mar-10-13 7:21 PM

"No you moron, making a sweeping generalization about a group of people is bigotry, making a statement about one person is an opinion."

It is? Does this come from other enigmatic statements you have made in the past in which you were proven to be a liar? Do you enjoy lying? Does it empower you on some level? Remember the statement you made about benefits for Disabled Veterans? How about Saddam's sons being taken out in an air strike?

How's this: I believe all NBA players are fabulous? Does that make me a bigot?

"Liberals have been abusing the language for so long they no longer know the real meanings of words."

Did you just admit to being a bigot? Because you made "a sweeping generalization about a group of people is bigotry."

Something Pat Robertson and the Christian Right would never do.

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enigma

Mar-10-13 1:20 PM

Class144,"I think Lebron James is fabulous. I suppose that makes me a bigot too?"

No you moron, making a sweeping generalization about a group of people is biotry, making a statement about one person is an opinion. Liberals have been abusing the language for so long they no longer know the real meanings of words.

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spike2

Mar-10-13 9:48 AM

Nothing new here. Pedophilia and homosexuality are apples and oranges. You all might want to revisit numerous stories in this paper covering trials of child victims. I challenge you to find one "gay" man who is in a homosexual relationship. Just one. Pedophiles are not who you think they are. That is why the succeed in the crime. The Catholic religion has set the perfect storm for manifestation of sexual misconduct. Look at a priest as a convict doing a life sentence. Unavailability of any heterosexual relationship certainly strengthens the desire to seek gratification through inappropriate means. Certainly many priests are gay, however, it would behoove the church and society to move forward and allow marriage.

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Class144

Mar-10-13 8:59 AM

"What a bigot! Gays are fabulous?"

I think Lebron James is fabulous. I suppose that makes me a bigot too?

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Class144

Mar-10-13 8:58 AM

"Almost all homosexual pedophiles are gay men."

Really? Fascinating. What about the other small percentage? Are these homosexuals ungay? Half-gay? Gay only on Sunday?

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enigma

Mar-10-13 8:55 AM

What a bigot! Gays are fabulous? That sounds like stereotyping to me. It's like the racist who claims that he isn't one because he has a black friend.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-10-13 8:09 AM

Nobody wishes to address the real issue.

Almost all homosexual pedophiles are gay men.

Not all gay men are pedophiles.

Sounds like the Islam/Terrorist relationship?

Many, young gay men are confused by their urges. They went to the priesthood in hopes a vow of celibacy would silence their pain. Of course, they were human beings with the same weaknesses we all share.

A serious look needs to be taken at why some gay men are so prone to pedophilia before we just sweep the issue under the rug and call each other names.

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Tedeaux

Mar-10-13 8:00 AM

I agree that not all homosexuals are pedophiles, but what we risk with our children is too great. Besides, the Boy Scouts of Amerjca are a private organization and as such, may pick and choose their members and leaders as they see fit.

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mikekerstetter

Mar-10-13 7:35 AM

Ted, being Gay doesn't necessarily equate to being a pedophile. Most aren't.

But I do agree that we need leaders who are dealing with our children that are morally upstanding.

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Tedeaux

Mar-10-13 7:23 AM

I'm a married heterosexual conservative parent that is old enough to remember the scandals of homosexual scout leaders taking advantage of their position with the Boyscout organization to make sure they had plenty of "alone time" with young and impressional boys that they molested. The Boyscouts of America paid dearly for chosing the wrong people to lead their troops and they made a consious decision to do everything in their power to keep it from happening again. Banning gays from participating in the Boyscout organization was one of the decisions they came up with to prevent it from happening again. I have freinds and relatives that lead alternate lifestyles and I agree with the boyscouts with keeping homosexual people out of their leadership. Our current children's well being is nothing to play around with

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USABorn

Mar-10-13 1:45 AM

"I am a married, heterosexual conservative who thinks your way of thinking is extremely backwards and wrong."

Right on Mrs. Shay!!!!

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