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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 03:57 PM

Boy Scouts release secret child abuse files -- 'the pain and the anguish of thousands'

Source: NBC News

By Miranda Leitsinger, NBC News
More than 1,200 formerly secret Boy Scouts’ files detailing accusations of child sex abuse within the organization from 1965 to 1985 were published online Thursday by lawyers, who said they offered lessons in the battle against pedophiles.

The documents, known as the “ineligible volunteer” files within the organization, were ordered released by the Oregon Supreme Court. Media organizations had sued for the release of the files, part of a 2010 case in which a Portland, Ore., jury decided that the Scouts were negligent in allowing a former assistant Scoutmaster to associate with the organization's youth after he admitted molesting 17 boys, said Kelly Clark, one of the victims' attorneys.





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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 04:18 PM

1. While I am glad the BSA is being held to account even in public for their negligence...

 

similar to the need to expose pedophiles in the priesthood, this information will just fuel those that believe the Boy Scouts are right in refusing to allow homosexual scouts and leaders.

It gets back to the same argument....all homosexuals are pedophiles. All homosexuals want to convert your sons. I could go on and on.

We know, of course, that is not the case but those that want to deny the LGBT equal treatment under the law always throw this up.

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:03 PM

2. When people try to claim that all pedophiles are homosexuals I remind them about a case we had in DE

A peditrician was found to have molested over 100 of his child patients and only one of them was a boy.

It has nothing to do with homosexuality and there are just as many girls molested as their are boys.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 07:03 PM

5. every person I know that was molested, was molested by a heterosexual. nt

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 05:48 PM

3. Very creepy guy who was asst scoutmaster in my boyfriend's troop

There was a very creepy guy who was asst scoutmaster in my high school boyfriend's troop, before 1965. The boys were wary, especially after a "misunderstanding" in a tent one night in which he was bodily tossed out.

I remember his last name -- wonder if he ever made it into those files?

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 07:02 PM

4. Isn't the Boy Scout thing a Mormon organization, pretty much??

Guess like the Catholics, other religions have their shameful behavior and abuse.

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:08 PM

7. No, it's not. This has been discussed here before....

 

...related to the Scouting org. bigotry against homosexuals.

The stats cited showed that Mormans were a low single-digit percentage of Scouts.

But, like the Catholic church indeed, they should have done the right thing instead of the Right thing.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 09:25 PM

6. My brother was molested during a Boy Scout camping trip in the early 60's.

It was a very horrible experience for him, and the scout leader threatened him not to tell. My brother's anger issues likely stem from that experience.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Sat Oct 20, 2012, 01:11 PM

8. One of the "fine, upstanding gentlemen" in the files recently penned this letter...

to the editor of the local newspaper:

Boland: Don't bring Broun down
updated Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 8:23pm Athens-Banner Herald

I don’t mean to belittle those who’ve written letters recently to the Banner-Herald criticizing Rep. Paul Broun, but I’ll try to offer some insight as to why his constituents keep electing him to represent northeast Georgia in Congress.

As background, I’m nearing 89 years old. I lived through the Depression, served in a combat infantry unit during World War II, and have served my country in either the active Army or the Army Reserve for more than 30 years. I owned and operated a business in Athens for 40 years. I have bachelor’s degrees in entomology and chemistry from the University of Georgia and am a board-certified entomologist/mycologist.

I’ve known Broun, a native Athenian, since he was a boy. Broun’s father, who served as a state senator, was a friend of mine.

Paul Broun is a fine Christian man who lives his faith daily. His recent comments at an area church that evolution and other areas of science are “lies straight from the pit of hell,” just told of his Christian beliefs — the same beliefs held by other born-again Christians.

My guess is that the people who have written critically of Broun are part of the liberal generation of today, who have had everything handed to them from birth and are either in college or have just finished their study under very liberal college professors who themselves have never been anything but students and are now college professors.

Paul Broun is a medical doctor who, before being elected to Congress, made house calls to patients who often were poor and could not pay him. Broun is a Marine, and currently serves in the Marine Reserve.

Broun believes, as do his constituents, that the least government is the best government. Those of us who keep voting for him want to control the federal government rather than have it control us.

I want those who are critical of Broun to know I fought in combat for their right to think as they want. But, I don’t believe they have the right to criticize such a fine man just because he doesn’t think as they do. They have the right to vote against him, but trying to bring him down by criticizing him in the newspaper should be a “no-no.”

Ernest P. Boland


Congressman Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said last week that evolution and the big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of Hell.

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