Robert Gates is the CEO of the Boy Scouts of America.
In a speech at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting in Atlanta last week, Gates said the group’s ban on gay Scoutmasters cannot last without endangering the future of the organization.
“I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement,” Gates said. (Source: Robert Gates tells Boy Scouts to face reality about gay Scoutmasters, LA Tmes)
He also said:
“…my only purpose – my only reason for assuming this leadership role – is to preserve the Boy Scouts of America…” (Source: Excerpts from Robert Gates’ remarks on Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders, LA Times)
It is disturbing enough that the Boy Scouts of America would put its institutional wefare above the welfare of the boys whom it ostensibly exists to serve, but even more disturbing that the CEO of the organization would make this rationale the basis of his appeal for public support. In other words, “We’re selfish; who can blame us?”