Since January, we’ve had a string of controversy filled distractions attempting to mask the horrific Presidency of Barack Obama. I predicted a few of these, but the one I am going to focus on I called several months back when I saw Media Matters and Think Progress pushing certain stories regarding “anti-gay” policies. Let’s look back just a bit first, at the other distractions blown out of proportion by the Obama media lapdogs.
It started with the protracted and manufactured war on women, starring Sandra Fluke, Komen and Augusta National. Each of those failed but not before consuming a lot of media attention and causing people to bite each others heads off on Facebook. When that ran out of steam, there was the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, who apparently looks like the son Obama never had. In between it all, there was the short-lived war on students and Obama’s continued assault on Religious Freedom (a.k.a Obamacare). Now, the focus is back on Obama and the awful July jobs report coming out, it was time for digging up the almost year old Chik-Fil-A “anti-gay” story, which received the mother of all smack-downs from citizens all over American patronizing Chik-Fil-A in droves on August 1st.
With the epic failure of the Chik-assault, attention now must be turned to another social crisis, but using a different angle. The new target is none other than the Boy Scouts of America. They are about to become the new ‘Catholic Priest’ scandal or worse, be thrown in with evil abusers such as Jerry Sandusky. Enter the LA Times, suppressor of the Obama/Rashid Khalidi tape, with the headline:
Excerpt from the article the reader needs to keep in mind while reading the whole thing:
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files dating from 1970 to 1991 found more than 125 cases across the country in which men allegedly continued to molest Scouts after the organization was first presented with detailed allegations of abusive behavior.
Also, further down in the article:
In anticipation of the release, attorneys for the Boy Scouts conducted an informal review of 829 of the files, saying they sought to put the contents in perspective. The Scouts said the review found 175 instances in which the files prevented men who’d been banned for alleged abuse from reentering the program.
Over 21 years, for an organization that spans the entire country with hundreds of thousands of members over the years, the LA Times only came up with 125 cases. Let me be clear, I am not in any way defending these deplorable acts, trying to diminish them nor am I chastising the exposing of them – they should be exposed. What I would like to emphasize, is for people to keep perspective before they demonize an entire organization that has been around for over a hundred years for the acts of these depraved individuals. Bear in mind, what is being looked at here is a 21 year history, with certain offenders repeating after relocating and little in the way of being able to detect them once they did so. I give credit for the article raising that point, although they do a poor job at relating the information disconnect between troops across the country:
In at least 50 cases, the Boy Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover later that they had reentered the program and were accused of molesting again.
Also, bear in mind the timing of the release of this story as well. I also wonder why the LA Times decided to investigate the Boy Scouts specifically? Could it have anything to do with the vocal groups opposing the BSA policies on gay membership? It’s not like the LA Times could spend their time investigating educators for the same reason, now could they?
Sexual abuse, or any abuse for that matter, of children is an atrocity, but not one that is limited to the Boy Scouts.