Recently-released records from the Boy Scouts of America show 40 cases of scoutmasters sexually abusing minors in South Carolina during the past 50 years. The earliest file was opened in 1964, according to a database posted by the Los Angeles Times, and the most recent case occurred in 2002.
The Boy Scouts have recently come under fire for covering up cases of molestation by scoutmasters, and in some cases allowing the alleged perpetrators to become scoutmasters in other districts. Meanwhile, the organization hypocritically refuses to admit homosexual and atheist scouts under the guise of “morality.”
The Boy Scouts’ “perversion files” show five cases of abuse by scoutmasters in Columbia troops. According to the records, files were opened on the individual cases in the years 1987, 1988, 1991, 2001, and 2002. While the list of South Carolina abuse cases includes names and details for some of the cases, none are available for the Columbia cases.
The list also shows a handful of cases in Lexington, Sumter and Orangeburg, and even a case where an airman at Shaw Air Force Base was kicked out of the military once reports of abuse surfaced.
While the release of the “perversion files” is not necessarily a political matter, the Boy Scouts’ hypocritical ban on gay and atheist scouts undoubtedly is. Some say the Boy Scouts should be able to discriminate against whomever it wants, since it’s a private organization. However, many scout troops operate out of taxpayer-funded facilities such as schools, and often receive direct sponsorship from taxpayer-funded entities such as law enforcement agencies and even the Department of Defense. If a scout troop is to rely on public money and facilities, it should be open to the public — regardless of a potential scout’s religious or sexual affiliation.
Your faithful editor is a proud Eagle Scout, but the BSA’s attempt to cover up many cases of molestation — combined with its bigotry toward gays and atheists — make me truly ashamed of the organization of which I was once a member.
Since leaving the scouting program back in 2005, I have often given thought to becoming a volunteer scoutmaster for a local troop. I am undoubtedly a better person because of my experience in scouting, and would love to be able to share my outdoor skills with a new generation of scouts.
However, I cannot in good conscience associate myself with an organization which openly discriminates against people who are different under the guise of “morality” — yet has covered up numerous cases of sexual abuse against minors.
Here’s a full list of the South Carolina abuse cases, provided by the Summerville Patch:
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