Boy Scouts' Gay Policy Debate Angers Religious Right, Conservative Pundits

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It seems not everyone is pleased by the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to re-consider its controversial ban on gay participants.

A number of conservative pundits were quick to condemn the BSA's Jan. 28 announcement. The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, whose anti-gay declarations have become a near-weekly staple of his "Focal Point" radio show, minced no words on Twitter:

Bryan Fischer
Jerry Sandusky is now the poster boy for the Boy Scouts of America.

His rant continued even further:

Bryan Fischer
BSA under tremendous financial strain. Coffers depleted fighting Big Gay in court, Verizon, Google ending matching funds.

Bryan Fischer
A homosexual does not belong in the same tent with young boys any more than a man belongs in a tent full of Girl Scouts.

Others were perhaps less inflammatory but nonetheless firm in their opposition. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, told USA Today that a policy change would be "nothing less than disastrous" for the scouting organization.

Similarly, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins slammed the BSA for "abandoning their historic values" in considering the policy change.

"The mission of the Boy Scouts is 'to instill values in young people' and 'prepare them to make ethical choices,' and the Scout's oath includes a pledge 'to do my duty to God' and keep himself 'morally straight,'" he said in an email statement cited by Talking Points Memo. "It is entirely reasonable and not at all unusual for those passages to be interpreted as requiring abstinence from homosexual conduct."

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