Gov. Perry Compares Opposing Gay Boy Scouts to Opposing Slavery

by Dan Quinn

On Sunday Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared efforts to keep the ban on gay Boy Scouts to efforts by Sam Houston to oppose slavery and secession just before the Civil War. From our friends at Right Wing Watch:

Gov. Perry, speaking at a “Stand with the Scouts Sunday” webcast sponsored by the Family Research Council (which the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as a hate group), had this to say about Sam Houston:

“That’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage that I hope that people across this country, on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization that it is today. Because it is serving young men and women. And if we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served, America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future.”

Gov. Perry clearly sees no downside to demonizing gay people. Now he’s comparing opposing slavery to opposing gay Boy Scouts. That’s not “principled leadership.” That’s demagoguery.