John Stemberger recognizes the efforts to prevent marriage equality is eroding before his very eyes. In order to assure self-preservation, and keep his hate group, Florida Family Policy Council, as relevant as possible to keep funds coming in, it was time to dream up a new bogeyman to keep people scared and fearful.
What is his new creation? The Openly Gay Advocate Boy Scout.
Complete with rainbow sash and a twinkle in his eye, this new figment of John’s imagination, this Gay Advocate Boy Scout will be the seducer of your children and husbands.
His new group is ironically called On My Honor and he is waging another hate campaign filled with lies, biasness and distortions; such behavior is anything but honorable. Stemberger pretends that he is ok with gays in the scouts, but just as long as they are quiet about it…..an adolescent version of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now he is claiming that if the Boy Scouts adopt a policy that allows gays to be open about who they are, it will “create a wave of boy-on-boy sexual abuse” and that the gay scouts will prey on the straight scouts.
Give me a break.
In Stemberger’s warped mind, every gay person craves after every straight person. He fails to recognize that gays have been in scouts since its inception, and the fact that they will be able to be upfront about their sexuality, (if they chose to do so) does not mean that they will put aside their morals and exert a behavior reflective of a hedonistic lifestyle. These are still the same young men who aspire to follow the Scout Law – A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Nowhere does is exemplifies the removal of sexual morals nor encourage decadent behavior as communicated by Stembergers bags of lies and distortions.
Now Stemberger has issued the most absurd statement of all.
According to Channel 13 News he stated: “The very things that gays want is to be equal, but this policy will cause them to be unequal because we’re going to have to figure out how to put them in separate tents, treat them differently because we don’t want there to be inappropriate conduct if they’re open and avowed,”
Stemberger’s exclamations are very reminiscent of the 1950’s with the “separate but equal” defense of racial immigration. It is amazing that in 2013 such bigoted mentality is still operating within our community. Such archaic attitudes have no place in teaching leadership to young adults, regardless of their sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation. In the latest Washington Post/ABC Poll 63 % favor allowing gays to join the boy Scouts and the majority are also against a ban not allowing gay leaders 56% to 39 %. Apparently the general public is evolving toward tolerance and acceptance, while the opponents are still in the antiquated mindset of ignorance and bigotry reflected in the 1950’s.
Separate tents …. What’s next? Pink triangles? Arm bands? Separate camps? I feel the LGBT community has seen this line of thinking before haven’t we?