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Big Brothers Up in Arms

Lynn Vincent

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Lynn Vincent writes, "The wholesome image of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is now under siege--and some local affiliates are fighting back. Their executive directors note that BBBSA forbids matching girls with men because of the potential that sexual attraction will lead to molestation--so why should homosexual men be matched with boys?"

WHEN BIG BROTHERS BIG Sisters of America (BBBSA) in July announced its new policy of requiring local affiliates to allow homosexuals to mentor children of the same gender, a brief media storm ensued...And that was about it. Media silence followed the outburst, and it seemed that all involved with BBBSA were living happily ever after.

Not so. Under media radar, civil war has broken out in some of the BBBSA's 490 local affiliates, with at least a dozen executive directors of those groups defying the directive from the organization's national office. It's possible for them to do that because local affiliates are independently funded and managed, paying about $5,500 in annual dues for the privilege of using the Big Brothers Big Sisters name, fundraising machinery, and administrative support.

Those directors say they are putting the interests of their clients ahead of the goals of the gay lobby. One Midwestern agency sent letters to the parents of 65 children on its waiting list. Only "four or five" said they wouldn't mind gay or lesbian mentors for their children...The executive directors, are "very concerned about putting children at risk" of molestation by homosexual mentors. After all, BBBSA forbids the matching of girls with men precisely because of the potential for sexual attraction leading to molestation. How, then, is it sensible to match homosexual men with boys?

These executives and board members were particularly concerned about the safety of the children under their care. BBBSA national, supported by gay activists and liberal media commentators, has argued that children are at no greater risk of being molested by a homosexual than by a heterosexual. But statistics logged in a stack of peer-reviewed journals undermine that claim...the Journal of Sex Research found that homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses in the United States, even though homosexuals make up no more than 5 percent of the U.S. population.

Read the entire article on the World Magazine website.



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