Supporters of Discrimination in Boy Scouts Protest With Paper Bags on Their Heads
BY Lucas Grindley
July 19 2012 5:18 PM ET
A hate group with its members wearing paper bags on their heads and singing about molestation in a YouTube video is one of the most visible representations yet of those who say openly gay troop leaders shouldn't be allowed in the Boy Scouts.
Members of Public Advocate, which is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, apparently stood on the street in Washington, D.C., and arranged a several-part harmony of their molestation anthem. It was sung to the tune of "Aura Lee," and it managed to invoke a comparison to Penn State's convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.
"You say that we should open doors / And welcome one and all / With no attention to the boors / Who'll make our children bawl," they sang to the tune of "Aura Lee." "Morally, Morally / Whatever shall be done / If we hire Sandusky / And let him near our sons?"
The group was specifically targeting Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, who is on the board of the Boy Scouts of America and who has called on the group to scrap its antigay policy.
"As CEO, I know that having an inclusive culture produces the best results, is the right thing for our people and makes us a better organization," said Turley in a statement, highlighted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "My experience has led me to believe that an inclusive environment is important throughout our society and I am proud to be a leader on this issue."
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is also on the board and is said to be in line to become chairman, and Stephenson told the Dallas Voice that he is committed to changing the policy. But the Boy Scouts said this week that a secret committee has spent two years reviewing the policy and decided not to change it. It has not released the identities of the 11 committee members who supposedly came to this conclusion.
Not everyone who supports the policy is wearing a paper bag on their head. The man on the far right in the video is Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio. And the chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts offered his take on the subject when announcing the group wouldn't change its policy.
“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive. “While a majority of our membership agrees with our policy, we fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”
Watch the video below.