Texas Gov. Rick Perry is big on the Boy Scouts. He even penned On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For in 2010. But in an address to the Texas Scouts’ 64th annual Report to State, he cautioned the group not to lift its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.
At the gathering, Perry told Scouts how the BSA can keep young men on the straight and narrow, away from teen pregnancy and “men joining their fathers in prison.” Afterward, he told reporters he hoped the Scouts would keep bigotry enshrined:
I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said. He said his views on the subject haven’t changed since writing his book, in which he noted that profits would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America Legal Defense since “they continue to be under attack from the forces of secularism.”Asked if he would feel different about the Scouts if the policy is changed, Perry wouldn’t say. But he added: “to have popular culture impact 100 years of their standards is inappropriate.”
Interesting point, Governor. So we can assume you’d prefer the Scouts restore their historical policy of racial segregation?