10/26/12

Of course, the publicity wouldn't be good for scouting, either

That, according to retired Army officer George Heib, is why he and the rest of his fellow scouting officials did not report the molestation of at least 10 Boy Scouts to the cops. He also said, "Putting the boys through all the trauma of having to go to court and trial and all the stuff like that, I didn't think it was worth it."

So they quietly got rid of Chester the Molester, and covered it up.

Here's the story:

Former scoutmaster admits molesting boys

Another retired Army officer served as the district executive:

"As the district executive, I followed the procedure I was supposed to follow," said Hardwick, a retired U.S. Army officer. "I handled it according to my instructions. Today, there's no question the guy would be put in handcuffs. But that wasn't the way it was done in those days. Nobody even wanted to talk about it."

Two Army officers. What I find interesting about that, is that back when these guys were serving on active duty, the Army could be downright savage in seeking out homosexuals, figuratively if not literally cutting off their buttons, breaking their sabers, and tossing them out the gate with the worst possible discharges. We can only wonder how Heib and Hardwick managed to reconcile in their minds the differences between the Army's attitude and that of the Boy Scouts. More of that '... for the good of the unit ...' nonsense? Keep the organization looking good, even though it is rotting from within? Swear to uphold the Constitution, or some high minded moral and/or patriotic (they are not necessarily the same) values, but cover up the worst kinds of immorality and criminality to protect the image of the organization? With 14,500 pages of 'perversion files' pertaining to their scoutmasters, the BSA could give lessons to the Vatican on keeping things lookin' good.

From the BSA website:

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

and

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.


and

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent


The lads got some good lessons in all that from the BSA leadership back then, don't you think? How's that workin' today?