published Friday, September 21st, 2012

Honesty is the best policy

The Boy Scouts of America, until recently, always has enjoyed a reputation generally beyond reproach. For generations, many parents encouraged their sons to join Scouting groups where they would be taught the values, skills and traits that are widely held to be essential to the molding of good, self-reliant citizens of the nation and of contributing members of society. Turns out, though, that the BSA didn't always practice what it preached and taught. The group's once-stellar reputation has taken a major and deserved hit as a result.

For several decades, and perhaps more, Boy Scout officials failed to report hundreds of alleged child abusers to authorities — or to the parents of the boys and young men allegedly victimized. That's the conclusion of an recent investigative report in the Los Angeles Times.

Reporters examined more than 1,600 files from 1971-1990 and concluded on the basis of evidence discovered that in many cases that BSA "officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it. The problem apparently extends far beyond those years. The paper reported that the BSA apparently maintained a blacklist of alleged predators dating to 1919.

Such self-interest — putting the well-being of the organization ahead of the safety of those in its charge — is hardly in keeping with long-stated principles that encourage Scouts to respect the law and to keep themselves morally straight. The latter phrase, over the years, has been interpreted to mean to live one's life with honesty. Revelations of the cover-up of alleged abusers — which first came to light in a federal court case — suggest that the Boy Scouts, in many documented instances, did not follow its own precepts. That's unacceptable,

To be fair, the BSA has initiated steps in recent years to protect its members from abuse. It now mandates staff and volunteer background checks. It has increased child abuse prevention training. It requires that those involved in Scouting promptly report any suspicion of abuse or molestation to law enforcement officials. And it has instituted a policy that requires two adults to be present at all activities and that says that no Scout should be alone with a leader.

Such positive steps, though, do not negate what took place in the past, explain the organization's continued reluctance to publicly discuss the allegations and to provide more transparency about the BSA's so called "perversion files."

The newspaper investigation covered only the 1971-1990 files. It did not examine more recent files and the BSA has neither released nor made public its own examination of more recent file. Without that information, there's no way to say definitively if the new requirements have reduced reports and instances of alleged abuse. That should be public information.

If the Boy Scouts of America is to fully regain its reputation as a positive role model, it will have to reassure parents and the nation that it can and will honor its own principles. It can start that process by engaging in a public discussion about the actions described in the report in the Los Angeles Times.

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Fendrel said...

Leave it to the "morally straight" to lead the way in perverse behavior.

September 21, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.

For some people and organizations, it is more important to appear proper than to resolve issues.

I much prefer those who recognize otherwise.

September 21, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

The "perversion files." At least 80 perverted acts of child abuse per year over a 20 year time period. Maybe, maybe the same number of perverted acts of child abuse has occurred each year for the most recent twenty year time period. Homosexual behavior defined: 'At least two of the same sexual gender engaging in sexual conduct'. That would apply to the pedophiles having been within the Boy Scouts of America. Since the 90's, with the strengthening of the homosexual agenda, the numbers of perverted child sexual molesters has undoubtedly skyrocketed. Significant is the facts that black women have 22 times the AIDS rate of white women, and, In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. [From Center For Disease Control]This clearly demonstrates that HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. At this juncture, I do not know of the HIV/AIDS rates within the population of the Boy Scouts of America. But, with the information of 'Honesty is the best policy' we deduce that the homosexual/pedophiles will infect our toddlers and other youth with a cruel, unfeeling, tormenting disease that mutates continuously with no cure in sight! Parents, please beware of the homosexual/pedophiles who seek to use your son as a victim of his/her kind of sexual behavior. kwo

September 21, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
conservative said...

Well now, isn't this rich and what a disgusting display of moral hypocrisy!!!

Just recently this writer was decrying The Boy Scouts of America's " ban on openly gay youth and adults as members and leaders" and stating "The BSA should revisit the reaffirmation of its ban on gays rather than adamantly say the topic is closed to additional discussion." And notice how the writer will not use the word homosexual. Now, there is an obvious reason why homosexuals/sodomites perverts should not be in charge of young males but it is not obvious to this writer.

So now, failing to get the BSA to accept the homosexuals/sodomites/ perverts demands to let homosexuals/sodomites/perverts be members and leaders, the writer makes this attack on their failure to report "child abusers." But notice the writer's failures. The writer fails to use the words, homosexual or sodomite or sexual pervert, or pedophile to clarify these "abuses." Notice also the failure of the writer to note that the BSA got rid of the homosexuals/sodomites/perverts when they were found out. Notice also how the writer refers to "so called" "perversion files" as if to add doubt to their validity.

September 21, 2012 at 5:11 p.m.

Apparently conservative believes that homosexual adults can't help themselves around children. At all. The idea that homosexuality and child abuseing pedophiles are not necessarily connected is beyond the mind of conservative. The fact is, there are adults who prey on children, but that is no reason to condemn the rest of us, regardless of sexuality or gender.

But no,the BSA did not properly deal with the abusers, that's the point. We do not know they did get rid of them, and even if they did,how do we know that didn't still result in further abuses?

Not a concern to conservative though, he's just got to go on his anti-gay agenda. And praise the sainted BSA.

September 21, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

This disease of HIV/AIDS is filling up Hospice facilities all over the United States. It is especially pitiful when the victims are toddlers/children who did not choose the homosexual lifestyle [really 'death-style'] of what some have labeled 'the culture of death'. Our Boy Scouts of America needs better than this. Will stable thinking adults allow homosexual/pedophiles to biologically infect our youth, and this possibly in large numbers? Yes, sodomy upon the malakos (catamite)had to be burned to destruction by Jesus Christ. He would never sanction His valued male creation (toddlers/youth) being involved in Pederasty. The North American Man boy Love Association is most probably part of the most powerful lobby to allow homosexual/pedophiles to enter the Boy Scouts of America. They would make absolutely certain that parent's toddlers/youth sons would be among those having to wear devices/diapers, etc. to control intestine leakage, possibly for the rest of the children's lives. kwo

September 21, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.
conservative said...

bulbs...

"Apparently conservative believes that homosexual adults can't help themselves around children."

Apparently this writer, the LA Times and the BSA are in agreement with the my belief, for they speak of their homosexual/sodomite/perverted behavior without using these words.

Hoping people won't catch on? Well, they didn't fool you or me, did they?

September 21, 2012 at 6:06 p.m.
conservative said...

bulbs...

"The idea that homosexuality and child abuseing pedophiles are not necessarily connected is beyond the mind of conservative"

Well let me connect the dots for you. "Homo" means same, so homosexual means having sex with the same gender, in this case male adults with young men and boys. Now the BSA is a male organization so we know the "abuse" and "molestation" mentioned by the writer is homosexually related.

September 21, 2012 at 6:26 p.m.
rumrunr said...

orrmeanslight... dude lay off the "better than thou" crap. it gets old in a hurry... live your life quietly and in fear of "your" god and the rest of the world will go on without that fear

September 21, 2012 at 6:33 p.m.
conservative said...

bulbs....

"The fact is, there are adults who prey on children, but that is no reason to condemn the rest of us, regardless of sexuality or gender"

What do you mean by that? Are you suggesting or implying that I am condemning innocent people not connected to homosexual conduct?

September 21, 2012 at 6:38 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

rumrunr, Is it about God, or, the children?

i ask forgiveness every single day of my life. The blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary's cruel cross, and, His sorrowful sufferings cover all of us who ask. We are in no way 'better than anybody'. We cannot judge that, anyway. Please take a look at my life's creed/motto: Romans 3:9>>>

"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one..."

Holy Bible...Jesus Christ's Word through His servant...Book of Romans.......Peace, ken

September 21, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.

conservative, you are blindly condemning innocent people, yes.

Didn't you notice that?

No wait, you don't care. Anything to vituperate homosexuals.

September 22, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.
conservative said...

Wrong again,bulbs. Try reading the article instead of reacting.

September 22, 2012 at 5:11 p.m.
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