Boy Scouts go to great lengths to protect the youth. They don't succeed 100% of the time. I suspect because of their efforts, the results would naturally play out that way.
The wording is more than a little awkward. They could have stated the results much better.
After reading many posts on this thread, I think it is important to remind people to separate an awesome program, with good youth-protection, from a few fuck-monkeys in Texas who set discriminatory policies that most choose to ignore. When you get right down to it, Scouting teaches a lot of liberal values.
It would be like judging all of the United States by George W. Bush to suggest the Scouting program is inherently evil because of a small group of people who are largely ignored.
I spent time in the program as a youth and as an adult. I've seen at least a couple of homosexual Scouts earn Eagle. My Wood Badge course had a lesbian in attendance. By the way, I'm an atheist. The subject doesn't really come up. No one challenged me about my religion. No one challenged my friend on her sexuality. It's not discussed between the adults. It's certainly not discussed with kids. It's simply not part of the program.
The way to make Boy Scouts good again is for progressives to get involved and take it back from the people who are. Each time a reasonable person is driven away, the extremists win.
Let's all avoid the hyperbole of suggesting that the organization is institutionalized child-abuse because of policies that most people ignore. The ones that do care probably would find a way to do so anyway using their chartered organization (such as a fundamentalist church) for cover.
Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow
Adult Leader Training Staff
Dad of an Eagle Scout
If ignorance was painful, the Tea Party would support health care.