Boy Scouts Stop Taking Calls, Tony Perkins Freaks Out

When the Boy Scouts of America turned its comment-line over to an automated message, the antigay Family Research Council President Tony Perkins sent a panicked email to supporters with the phone numbers of BSA board members.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

January 31 2013 2:56 PM ET

Just two days after the Boy Scouts of America asked for public input in reconsidering the organization's long-standing ban on gay scouts and troop leaders, the BSA's Service Desk line, formerly answered by a live person, has been replaced with an automated recording redirecting comments about the policy to BSA's contact page on its website.

That didn't sit well with Tony Perkins, the president of the antigay Family Research Council. Perkins sent a frantic email to FRC supporters, asking them to call individual members of the BSA board and beg them to "not jeopardize the safety and moral integrity of Scouting in the interest of social activism."

Perkins also published the direct phone numbers of members of the BSA Board of Directors, complete with a sample script replete with scare tactics about the moral imperative of "restricting homosexuals from holding leadership positions over boys."

Read Perkins' histrionic email on the next page.

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