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COURSEY: Scouting's secrets fail 'morally straight' oath

The Boy Scout Oath:

<i>On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake, and morally straight.</i>

Boy Scouts have followed that oath through more than a century of Scouting. As it turns out, though, many of their leaders have not.

The group that so stubbornly bans "open or avowed homosexuals" to supposedly protect its participants for decades has protected child molesters who harmed scouts while working or volunteering for the organization. Boy Scouts of America kept secret files on the molesters in an attempt to bar them from scouting, but in many cases did nothing to alert law enforcement or the general public about the threat those molesters posed to the greater community.

They protected their "good" name instead of protecting children. Hardly a "morally straight" policy.


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