The Family Research Council has announced that it has suspended its contract with UPS, accusing the shipping company of “openly discriminating against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).” UPS announced last month that it would no longer give charitable donations to organizations like BSA that discriminate against the LGBT community, in accordance with its own nondiscrimination policy. In a press release Tuesday, FRC argued that the Scouts’ policy is a “matter of security” to prevent child sex abuse:
The Scouts’ policy is also a matter of security. After hundreds of cases of child sex abuse plagued the organization, the Boy Scouts tried to create a membership criterion that reduces the risk to Scouts, and that protects the rights of their parents to be the first to discuss topics like sexual orientation with their children.
Tony Perkins then echoed this sentiment in his “Washington Update”:
Unfortunately, the company only reiterated its position that until the BSA puts a greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts, they are not entitled to the same equality UPS claims to endorse. Apparently, the company isn’t interested in true diversity but in strong-arming anyone who disagrees with their extreme agenda — including a century-old youth development program, whose only crime is instilling character into millions of American boys. As for their longstanding policy on homosexuality, the Boy Scouts are doing what every parent would want them to: putting children’s safety first.
After UPS first announced its policy change, FRC similarly argued that BSA was just protecting Scouts from pedophilia. There is nothing to substantiate FRC’s claim that gay people are somehow more likely to engage in child abuse, and it is because it insists on such a defamatory connection anyway that the Southern Poverty Law Center designates it as a “hate group.”
BSA has yet to explain why it stands by its discriminatory policy. Records released to the Oregon Supreme Court in October show that the organization grouped innocent gay volunteers along with those accused or convicted of child abuse or other “suspected moral problems.” UPS should be commended for not caving to FRC’s boycott threat and these offensive portrayals of the gay community.