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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Derek Lappe
The decision by the Boy Scouts to include homosexual Scout members has opened a new front in the Catholic culture wars as increasing numbers of Catholic pastors are withdrawing their support for parish-based Boy Scout troops, while progressive Catholic organizations and newspapers are describing the pastors' decisions as "bigoted."
The dust is settling two weeks after the Boy Scouts of America's national council adopted the policy accepting openly gay Scouts but retaining a ban on gay adult Scout leaders. Hopes of some officials that the compromise would put the controversy to rest do not appear to be panning out.
Derek Lappe of Our Lady Star of the Sea, wrote an open letter to his parishioners announcing that the parish would cut its ties with the Scouts and develop youth programs of its own.
"I am very aware that my objection to the change is increasingly considered bigoted and backward," Father Lappe wrote, according to The Associated Press. "But I won't put public opinion ahead of the good of the boys and young men in my parish."