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(LA Times)   The Boy Scouts have been covering for child predators for almost 100 years. Bonus: "Upon Father Micarelli's recommendation, the parents were not notified"   (latimes.com) divider line 52
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2012-09-16 10:13:44 PM
4 votes:
In about 400 of those cases - 80% - there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it, The Times found

Yet again, the organization with the biggest public anti-gay stance has one of the most enabling policies privately.

It has really become a marker -- the more a person or organization protests, the more they are in the closet. It should be widely known, because there's more organizations out there (Second Mile anyone?) that have yet to be independently audited for child rape or condoning it/covering it up.
2012-09-16 09:34:02 PM
4 votes:
How this thread will go:

Step 1: OMG The Boy Scouts are Sick!

Step 2: Umm, not all Boy Scouts are pedophiles.

Step 3: Shut up! You're a pedophile appeaser for saying not all boy scouts are pedophiles!

Step 4: THE BOY SCOUTS SHOULD BE DESTROYED FOREVER!!! AND THEY HATE GAYS!!!

Step 5: Again, not all boy scouts are pedophiles and/or hate gays. The Boy Scouts of America is fine organization that is only as strong as it's weakest members.

Step 6: Shut up, baby raper!
2012-09-16 10:13:50 PM
3 votes:
In a 1987 case in Washington state, a district executive wrote to the national office complaining that his boss had refused to put a former scoutmaster on the blacklist, despite a molestation conviction, "because he has done so much for camp and is a nice guy."

Okay - will someone please explain to me how this happens? Is this some kind of male bonding "boys will be boys" backslapping thing, where any sex is OK, as long as you're a nice guy otherwise? Because I have to say - no matter how nice I thought a guy was, a proven molestation conviction would make me immediately change that opinion.
2012-09-16 09:56:40 PM
3 votes:

WTF Indeed: Step 5: Again, not all boy scouts are pedophiles and/or hate gays. The Boy Scouts of America is fine organization that is only as strong as it's weakest members.


Not all boy scouts hate gays, but their official policy is to discriminate against them. That doesn't make them a fine organization, that puts them in the company of organizations like the KKK, The Westboro Baptist Church, the Republican Party and other dregs of society.
2012-09-17 02:54:08 PM
2 votes:

tekmo: While the BSA was in the Supreme Court of the United States swearing they'd always been an explicitly anti-gay religious organization (which is why they're entitled to be exempt from state antidiscrimination statutes, y'know, like the KKK), the BSA's Director of National Programs Douglas Sovereign Smith, Jr. -- married father of two, active churchgoer, former head of BSA's anti-molestation task force -- was trafficking child pornography.

Like the Catholic Church, the BSA pretends gays are the child molesters and if they kick them out, problem solved!

HINT: "pedophile" is no more a sexual orientation than "rapist."


Now maybe I'm off the wall on this point, but I've got a theory that out-of-the-closet gay men would be far LESS likely to let this shiat go. It's an issue that the gay community has discussed and not swept under the rug. I don't expect the same kind of blue-screen response or constant awkward euphemisms for what happened.

It resembles their sexuality in superficial ways, but ALL TOTALLY WRONG. I'd expect a more decisive, aggressive response to this kind of shiat. Also I kinda expect that starts with picking up on "warning signs" of something inappropriate far sooner than their hetero counterparts who wouldn't be "sure what they saw" if they witness a balls-deep scene, much less simple affection that isn't simple affection. If that sort of thing doesn't exist in your world, seeing blatantly problematic man/boy cuddling or gazes would be categorized as normal adult affections no matter what. My theory is a gay man would be likely to go "what the hell was that look? What was with that grin?? His eyes followed that kid... I KNOW that look. Did nobody else see that?"

How should I know? Hey, just a theory.
2012-09-17 01:16:29 PM
2 votes:
While the BSA was in the Supreme Court of the United States swearing they'd always been an explicitly anti-gay religious organization (which is why they're entitled to be exempt from state antidiscrimination statutes, y'know, like the KKK), the BSA's Director of National Programs Douglas Sovereign Smith, Jr. -- married father of two, active churchgoer, former head of BSA's anti-molestation task force -- was trafficking child pornography.

Like the Catholic Church, the BSA pretends gays are the child molesters and if they kick them out, problem solved!

HINT: "pedophile" is no more a sexual orientation than "rapist."
2012-09-17 03:41:17 AM
2 votes:

Gunther: WTF Indeed: How this thread will go:

Let me handle that for you: WTF Indeed will preemptively attack anyone who dares to criticize an organisation which has a documented history of covering up for child molesters. He will do so by the use of straw-man arguments, opening himself to ridicule and contempt from his fellow farkers.

FTA:
In the majority of cases, the Scouts learned of alleged abuse after it had been reported to authorities. But in more than 500 instances, the Scouts learned about it from boys, parents, staff members or anonymous tips.

In about 400 of those cases - 80% - there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it, The Times found.

This is the "fine organization" you are passionately defending.


OK, let's be fair to everyone.

According to the Times article, there were 1600 cases reported over a 20 year period, from 1970-1991. About 80 cases per year. In the MAJORITY of those cases, i.e. 1600 - 500 = 900, the children and/or their parents reported the attack to the cops FIRST and NOT the Boy Scouts. Hence, there could be no cover-up in 900 of the cases, because the Scouts learned of it only after the report was filed.

Of the remaining cases, 400 have no record of the Scouts contacting the cops. By simple math, that means that in 100 cases, 500 - 400 = 100, therefore, the Scouts DID in fact contact the cops. Only in 100 of the cases of the 400 not reported did the Scouts actively encourage the boys to STFU and get on with life. So in 1500 of the known cases, either the Scouts did not know of the abuse until afterward, in 100 cases they reported the abuse themselves, and in 300 they simply ignored the whole mess. I.e. there's no evidence even in the Times article that they actively blocked prosecution. Only in those 100 cases did they block or discourage prosecution.

Now, 100 cases is 100 too many. And 300 cases where they ignored the allegations is likewise 300 too many. However, let's not jump completely overboard and presume that the Scouts were covering up for and obstructing prosecution willy-nilly between `1970-1991. Let's place our outrage on the right targets for a change.
2012-09-17 02:15:13 AM
2 votes:
What, is the [Obvious] tag out having a smoke break?
2012-09-17 02:14:56 AM
2 votes:

WTF Indeed: Step 5: Again, not all boy scouts are pedophiles and/or hate gays. The Boy Scouts of America is fine organization that is only as strong as it's weakest members.

Step 6: Shut up, baby raper!


Ignoring all the strawderp in your post, if the Boy Scouts of America is only as strong as it's weakest members, then it's not very strong, is it?
2012-09-17 01:50:43 AM
2 votes:

WTF Indeed: How this thread will go:


Let me handle that for you: WTF Indeed will preemptively attack anyone who dares to criticize an organisation which has a documented history of covering up for child molesters. He will do so by the use of straw-man arguments, opening himself to ridicule and contempt from his fellow farkers.

FTA:
In the majority of cases, the Scouts learned of alleged abuse after it had been reported to authorities. But in more than 500 instances, the Scouts learned about it from boys, parents, staff members or anonymous tips.

In about 400 of those cases - 80% - there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it, The Times found.


This is the "fine organization" you are passionately defending.
2012-09-16 11:04:44 PM
2 votes:
I don't necessarily blame the Scouts (or schools or churches) for an unknown molester getting into their ranks. People like that do their best to place themselves in careers and positions where they will have dominion over children (teachers, scoutmasters, clergy, boyfriend of a single mother).

Keeping things a secret and allowing them to go unreported/unpunished is where it gets evil. I don't care if they say they repented or how much they did for camp or how nice a guy they are. If they did this, it needs to be reported and they need to go to jail.
2012-09-16 10:41:39 PM
2 votes:
Last week, I was talking to a friend who has an equestrian therapy business on the property of a boy scout camp. I was asking him why he doesn't go after the job of the camp caretaker too (older guy doing that probably retiring). He said that he didn't think he wanted working for the boy scouts on his resume.

I hadn't thought of that, but I'd probably feel the same way. Which is a pretty sad statement, really.
2012-09-16 10:21:02 PM
2 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: In a 1987 case in Washington state, a district executive wrote to the national office complaining that his boss had refused to put a former scoutmaster on the blacklist, despite a molestation conviction, "because he has done so much for camp and is a nice guy."

Okay - will someone please explain to me how this happens? Is this some kind of male bonding "boys will be boys" backslapping thing, where any sex is OK, as long as you're a nice guy otherwise? Because I have to say - no matter how nice I thought a guy was, a proven molestation conviction would make me immediately change that opinion.


Its exactly how abuse happens. We perpetuate the stereotype that molesters and pedos are the evil stranger lurking in the bushes, when almost always its the friendly family member or friend in a position of power and authority over children.

How naive do you have to be? Has this happened to nobody in your family or friend network throughout your entire life?

This is the classic scenario. A trusted extended family member or a guy with authority over a group of boys takes things too far, but it gets hushed up or disbelieved because he is so respected. Which then lets it keep happening time and time again.

Often the victims have no strong role models in their immediate life, so they gravitate to the older scout master/pastor/youth leader/coach... and are looking for them to fill the void left by an absent father or a string of serial mom boyfriends, none of whom is a father. Often the boy has already grown up with the mother negatively referring to the father for years. So they seek to fill the void left otherwise. Along comes this seemingly perfect older male role model taking an interest in the boy, and unless the mom is really paying attention, that is a typical set up.

Jerry Sandusky, classic example.
2012-09-16 10:16:49 PM
2 votes:

Generation_D: In about 400 of those cases - 80% - there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it, The Times found

Yet again, the organization with the biggest public anti-gay stance has one of the most enabling policies privately.

It has really become a marker -- the more a person or organization protests, the more they are in the closet. It should be widely known, because there's more organizations out there (Second Mile anyone?) that have yet to be independently audited for child rape or condoning it/covering it up.


Precisely - Shakespeare was onto something with that "the lady doth protest too much" thing.

Any rganization, preacher, or individual who talks about being gay alot, especially if they talk about how awful it is and take a strong anti-gay stance, is almost certainly gay or is harboring a big, gay secret. Bank on it.
2012-09-16 09:38:13 PM
2 votes:
I support my local troop. financially i mean.

I like to think that i am supporting the adults who have taken it upon themselves to try and teach jackass teenagers some life skills.

Really I'd prefer that said jackass teenagers be imprisoned and forced at gunpoint to learn basic math and writing and a trade, but until the revolution comes, scouting is the best we can do.

The national council can go fark themselves.
2012-09-16 09:31:50 PM
2 votes:
"You got some catch up work to do, biatch. I mean, my son."

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2012-09-18 10:12:17 AM
1 votes:

Mock26: I never said anything about any cover up justifying any criminal activities. I was just pointing that the good that an organization does is not negated if some member(s) of said organization end up doing something horrific such as molesting children


It was never about a couple of bad apples in an otherwise good bunch. If you think so, you have missed the point entirely. It is about the long term, continuing, ongoing coverup and enabling of the molestation of children, for the good of the organization.

It's the plotline for countless evil utopia stories: a community where all prosper, where all get along, where life is truly good. Only there's a price. Every once in a while someone must pay so that others may live in peace and prosperity. Maybe they're picked by lottery and stoned to death, or maybe they're drawn in by some mysterious force and killed in a downpour of carnivorous amphibians. Whatever. The theme in all such stories is that the few must suffer as sacrifice so that the many may prosper. And in the end you have a society that's beautiful on top and rotten underneath.

That's the case with The Second Mile, The Catholic Church, and yes, the BSA. In all of these organizations, had there been a few who molested children but were then handed over to police and dealt with openly, there would be no criticism of the organization itself, beyond the need to tighten their screening procedures.

But that's not what happened. Long term, ongoing abuse of children was covered up, not reported to law enforcement, and withheld intentionally from the families of the molested children. For the good of the organization. So that it could continue with its reputation untarnished. The children became the sacrificial lambs, the few who suffered so that the many, the organization, could continue to prosper.

Which, just as in the case of the fictional evil utopia, makes the BSA shiny and good on the surface, and rotten underneath. 

And just as in all such cautionary tales, this sacrifice is too big a price to pay for any good that may be done.
2012-09-17 05:27:07 PM
1 votes:
Lord Baden Powell invented the Scouts in the first place so he could have some sweet man-boy action. Is it a surprise they been covering it up for so long?
2012-09-17 05:11:19 PM
1 votes:
Oh look, it's this thread again.
2012-09-17 04:00:26 PM
1 votes:

bunner: I don't want to sound all accusatory, but when you have an organization that promotes very young boys spending time in remote areas with grown men, it's going to attract more than a few very disingenuous grown men. Yanno?


That's usually what happens. Pedos will seek out jobs and such where they will be around children. That's why a lot of them are scoutmasters, coaches, clergy, etc.
2012-09-17 03:31:34 PM
1 votes:
Oznog:I've got a theory that out-of-the-closet gay men would be far LESS likely to let this shiat go.

There was a 20-year study of (IIRC) 87 lesbian-headed families and one rather remarkable fact emerged that not one child had been subjected to abuse. That is to say, it's not merely that none of the children had been abused by their lesbian parents, but none of the children had been abused by anyone.

That is nothing short of astonishing. I doubt you'd find a similar outcome in 87 randomly selected families of any other demographic.

My point is, if you really want children to be safe, evidently you should entrust them to lesbians.
2012-09-17 03:20:01 PM
1 votes:

Mock26: namegoeshere: Mock26: Transubstantive: Dude, face it - your beloved organization had a system in place, lawyers and everything, to protect its image above protecting its members from sexual predators. THAT IS REALLY FARKED UP.

Yes, that is really farked up. But it still does not detract from the fact that the Boy Scouts have had a huge and positive influence on millions of scouts and scout leaders.

Jerry Sandusky and his charity helped so many fatherless young boys...

Actually, The Second Mile did help a lot of children. The fact that Jerry was a sick, perverted monster does not suddenly negate all of the good that was done by his charity to help kids.


So the coverup of Sandusky's perversion is somehow justified because some children were helped? Would it not have been better that he had been stopped and jailed before he had a chance to start that charity and help those children, or are his victims to be considered sacrificial lambs for the good of the children who were helped?

I'll answer that: YES, the rape of those boys was far too big a price to pay so that others may be helped by that charity. The rape of ONE child would have been far too big a price to pay. It would have been a much better thing if The Second Mile had never existed, whether it helped some boys or not.
2012-09-17 02:09:41 PM
1 votes:

namegoeshere: Mock26: Transubstantive: Dude, face it - your beloved organization had a system in place, lawyers and everything, to protect its image above protecting its members from sexual predators. THAT IS REALLY FARKED UP.

Yes, that is really farked up. But it still does not detract from the fact that the Boy Scouts have had a huge and positive influence on millions of scouts and scout leaders.

Jerry Sandusky and his charity helped so many fatherless young boys...


Actually, The Second Mile did help a lot of children. The fact that Jerry was a sick, perverted monster does not suddenly negate all of the good that was done by his charity to help kids.
2012-09-17 11:25:35 AM
1 votes:
So... let me get this straight... Gay guys aren't allowed in the Scouts for not being able to teach the correct values, but there's been an active campaign to cover up child molestation in the organization?

You guys are making it very, very hard to appreciate my Eagle Scout award and my time in the BSA.
2012-09-17 10:33:36 AM
1 votes:

Spindle: My scout troop was awesome and my scout masters never once gave me any reason to worry, even in retrospect. There was one week at a scout jamboree that we were in the showers and all of the younger kids in my troop showering in their swim trunks, of course. Another troop came in and their scout master starts barking orders to his troop, including that he demands that they all strip naked to shower, which of course he did as well. For their sake, I'll just hope it's a matter of perception.


Uhhh....that's not right (at least not for recent Scout events I've been to). At every campout I've been to, there have been either private shower stalls, or completely separate shower times for adults vs Scouts. At Seabase, it was a completely different facility. It's reasonable for Scout leaders to remind Scouts about proper hygiene (in appropriate language, of course), but there shouldn't be any communal showers with both adults and Scouts. That defeats the whole Youth Protection program goal of keeping kids safe from abuse.

Whatever it was in the past, today, the rules are pretty clear.

■ One-on-one contact between adults and Scouts is prohibited. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.

■ Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts are required. When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his or her own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted for showers. Likewise, youth and adults must shower at different times.

■ Privacy of youth is respected. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, intruding only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.



Mandatory reporting, two deep leadership, etc. When abuse is suspected, get the kid safe first, notify the authorities.....THEN let the Scouting org know about it. That's the way it's supposed to work.....

Mandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse
1.Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
2.In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout's home or family, you are required to contact the local child abuse hotline.
3.Notify the Scout executive or his/her designee.
2012-09-17 10:13:12 AM
1 votes:
My scout troop was awesome and my scout masters never once gave me any reason to worry, even in retrospect. There was one week at a scout jamboree that we were in the showers and all of the younger kids in my troop showering in their swim trunks, of course. Another troop came in and their scout master starts barking orders to his troop, including that he demands that they all strip naked to shower, which of course he did as well. For their sake, I'll just hope it's a matter of perception.
2012-09-17 08:24:37 AM
1 votes:
Its not just the scout masters that are the problem, the older boys are probably worse abusers than any scout master. In our troop the older boys would conduct the most disgusting "games" on the younger boys at camp, most were sexual in nature. The threat of reprisal and being shunned by the older boys and your friends for 'ratting' was enough to keep it quiet. This wasn't confined to just our troop, they got the ideas from other boys in other troops so I'm willing to say it probably happens in most troops.
2012-09-17 04:15:32 AM
1 votes:
And this is why we need a more out-in-the-open society: That way Boy Scouts could specify that ONLY lesbians work with the boys and Girl Scouts could specify that ONLY gay men work with girls. Talk about getting stuff done! No sexual tension, guaranteed.
2012-09-17 02:55:05 AM
1 votes:

President Merkin Muffley: 12349876: President Merkin Muffley: Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.

Teachers fark students all the time. Why no, OMG ALL TEACHERS ARE PEDOS?

The cover up. You're always going to run into bad apples through life, but only the truly deranged cover up for them.

So by that logic, all cops are deranged?


Dude, face it - your beloved organization had a system in place, lawyers and everything, to protect its image above protecting its members from sexual predators. THAT IS REALLY FARKED UP.
2012-09-17 02:48:23 AM
1 votes:
Dammit! Looks like we're going to have to revoke one of someone's badges....

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2012-09-17 02:46:46 AM
1 votes:

President Merkin Muffley: Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.

Teachers fark students all the time. Why no, OMG ALL TEACHERS ARE PEDOS?


When teachers unions and (non-parochial) schools systematically protect the child molesters and act to suppress accusers your butthurt whinging might have a point. I'm really sorry you're too God damned stupid to understand that.
2012-09-17 02:42:55 AM
1 votes:

WTF Indeed: Umm, not all Boy Scouts are pedophiles.


You left out 7. Some dickweed will come along and white-knight the BSA even though they systematically covered up abuse.
2012-09-17 02:02:32 AM
1 votes:

zez: I'm an eagle scout and my scoutmaster and assistant would probably be in jail for the stuff they put is through.

The one leader was an adventurer with his own routes up the tetons and other big climbs so he would have us 12 year olds do survivalist type campouts and other crazy stuff.

/best time of my life
//still doesn't count it as camping if you haven't walked at least 10 miles


In the late 80's and early 90's I was in a military troop at the USCGAS Kodiak. We have everything from active duty SEALS (small detachment from Team 1) to retired Green Berets to guys that were Rangers or Marine Scout Snipers before re-entering the service with the Coast Guard. The stuff we did would make most other troops weep. Go camping when the windchill was -40? Sounds like fun! Canoe 50+ miles, hike 20 and then pitch camp without tents? OK but first we have to hop a space-A flight to the mainland in the back of a C-130. Go to the end of the road and then go another 10 miles then go down a 150 foot cliff? What do you mean we have to wait will the weekend? Nearly every single one of our camping trips was in survival situation mode.

There were no pedos around us at any time. If anybody had tried they wouldn't have come back from the next camping trip. Plenty of people vanish up there. If I remember right there are a few Fark Coasties that have been stationed up there. You know what I mean when I say when I talk about the back country out behind Barometer or out by the Olds River. The beaches out along Fossil Beach before the launch site was built behind the bluffs. Good times.
2012-09-17 01:56:06 AM
1 votes:

President Merkin Muffley: Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.


That just means your troop was full of uggos.
2012-09-17 01:55:17 AM
1 votes:

President Merkin Muffley: Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.

Teachers fark students all the time. Why no, OMG ALL TEACHERS ARE PEDOS?


Because their doesn't seem to be a national policy of education authorities covering it up.
2012-09-17 01:50:40 AM
1 votes:

Generation_D: In about 400 of those cases - 80% - there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it, The Times found

Yet again, the organization with the biggest public anti-gay stance has one of the most enabling policies privately.

It has really become a marker -- the more a person or organization protests, the more they are in the closet. It should be widely known, because there's more organizations out there (Second Mile anyone?) that have yet to be independently audited for child rape or condoning it/covering it up.


Whoa there Tex! Sounds to me like both of you are equating being gay with being pedo. Not necessarily the same, not by a long shot. From the outrage and the choice of words, you both sound like libs, and saying gay = pedo is definitely NOT a lib (nor a conservative) stance.
2012-09-17 01:49:36 AM
1 votes:

President Merkin Muffley: Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.

Teachers fark students all the time. Why no, OMG ALL TEACHERS ARE PEDOS?


Because there's no systemic problem with schools covering up for teachers who fark students. The scouts, on the other hand, apparently took notes from the Catholic church.
2012-09-17 01:45:15 AM
1 votes:
I don't want to sound all accusatory, but when you have an organization that promotes very young boys spending time in remote areas with grown men, it's going to attract more than a few very disingenuous grown men. Yanno?
2012-09-17 01:43:20 AM
1 votes:
A few months after Humphries' arrest in 1984, local Scouting official Jack Terwilliger told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper that no one at the local Scout council had had suspicions about Humphries.

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Any relation?
2012-09-17 01:40:28 AM
1 votes:
Eagle Scout. Never molested or even approached and didn't know anyone who was.

Teachers fark students all the time. Why no, OMG ALL TEACHERS ARE PEDOS?
2012-09-17 01:39:16 AM
1 votes:
Jason Felch?

Really?
2012-09-17 01:36:03 AM
1 votes:

Mock26: What, no one blaming the Mormon's yet?


No, no. They rape GIRLS, not boys.
2012-09-17 01:33:54 AM
1 votes:

ArkAngel: I don't necessarily blame the Scouts (or schools or churches) for an unknown molester getting into their ranks. People like that do their best to place themselves in careers and positions where they will have dominion over children (teachers, scoutmasters, clergy, boyfriend of a single mother).

Keeping things a secret and allowing them to go unreported/unpunished is where it gets evil. I don't care if they say they repented or how much they did for camp or how nice a guy they are. If they did this, it needs to be reported and they need to go to jail.


Both of these.
2012-09-17 12:59:15 AM
1 votes:
Dammit, you can't trust anyone these days.
2012-09-16 11:47:39 PM
1 votes:
Much like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts believe that gays are bad, but farking young boys is A-OK!
2012-09-16 11:14:18 PM
1 votes:
Since the Scouts won't allow any homosexual members, that puts to rest the entire "all gay men are pedophiles" theory, right?

HAHAHAHAHAHAA! Who am I kidding.
2012-09-16 10:25:54 PM
1 votes:

Benevolent Misanthrope: no matter how nice I thought a guy was, a proven molestation conviction would make me immediately change that opinion.


It was the 80's.

You remember the 80's? Lemme break it down for you:

What 80's kids remember.
abc80s.com
"It's dangerous to go alone. Autobots, roll out! Cowabunga!"

What it was was actually like.
www.oocities.org
"For $2 I'd beat you with a pool cue till you got detached retinas." 

I'm surprised there was a blacklist at all.
2012-09-16 10:20:21 PM
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com

"Many grown men who seek out activities where they're in charge of young boys tend to do so out of the need to dominate them physically or emotionally."
2012-09-16 10:09:25 PM
1 votes:
But don't you be gay! That's the real sin here, people.
2012-09-16 10:03:51 PM
1 votes:
I'm not surprised to learn that the Catholic Church has been involved in protecting pedophile Boy Scout leaders.
2012-09-16 09:50:15 PM
1 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com
Great pedophile or greatest pedophile?



//was never molested while in Boy Scouts. I feel cheated.
2012-09-16 09:37:05 PM
1 votes:
sheesh... molesting Scout Masters were a running joke when I was a Scout. and that was many, many moons ago

/I never met one
//seriously
///anyone know a good therapist?
////and a lawyer?
 
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