Gov. Rick Perry: Standing Against Gays in Boy Scouts Akin to Sam Houston's Refusal to Align with the Confederacy

The Boy Scouts of America is proposing to lift its ban on gay youths, but to leave it in place once those gay Scouts become gay adults. This compromise -- gays Scouts, no gay scoutmasters -- apparently is an assault on the very foundations of scoutdom.

The Family Research Council sponsors a hyperventilating webcast, "Stand With Scouts Sunday." This Sunday, a few smooth-faced, pubescent Scouts fretted about getting humped in the pup tent, and Governor Rick Perry opined that keeping scouting straight was an act of moral conscientiousness not unlike Governor Sam Houston's opposition to the Confederacy.

Said one bespectacled, khaki-and-bandana-wearing youth who may one day pray this video vanishes into the depths of the Internet: "In a camp out, you're in a tent and it's closed off to the outside world. If me at 12 [years old] and having my buddy come onto me ... I wouldn't know what to do at that age."

Said a younger, somewhat dead-eyed boy who appeared to be reading off of a script: "In the Boy Scouts, we have a program called the buddy system, where one Scout always has to be with another Scout for health and safety reasons. Allowing homosexuals into the Boy Scouts would bring problems on deciding who would be allowed with who."

I wonder where they learn this stuff. Oh, here's where: An ostensible adult and scoutmaster with a flat-top buzz cut worried that the rule change would amount to "fostering homosexuality" by encouraging boys who are "open and flaunting it."

And, without further ado, at around the 35-minute mark of the video, said the governor of an entire state: "For pop culture to try to come in and tear that up, and it just happens to be the flavor of the month, so to speak, and tear apart one of the great organizations that served millions of men, to help them become great men and great fathers. that isn't appropriate ... I hope the American people stand up and say, 'Not on my watch.'

Noted. Pop culture is now a byword for sexual orientation.

The governor gestured over his shoulder at an image of Sam Houston, the Texas governor who was drummed out of office for refusing to align with the Confederacy. "It cost him his governorship. That's the type of principled leadership and courage we need ... If we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served."

Yep, it's just like that.

H/T TFN Insider

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