Let's just skip right over Eugene Grant, because it's pretty obvious he's a bad guy. Maybe not himself a molestor, who really can say any more, but blaming the victims and their parents? Not cool.
[quote begins here]In an additional complication to the case, Grant estimated that 30% to 50% of the Boy Scout troops in the U.S. during the mid-1980s were chartered by the Mormon Church, which has already settled its portion of the lawsuit.
Grant explained that the arrangement allowed Mormon officials to manage scout troops, rather than traditional Boy Scouts employees.
As a result, this arrangement meant the Boy Scouts knew that disciplinary actions taken against any adult volunteers suspected of abuse would be kept secret because the church considered it a private matter.[quote ends here]
I guess my first reaction is wtf? My second reaction is, that explains the anti-gay policy and it being so amazingly tough to budge. Most of their membership is LDS so most of their membership is so okay with being Bigots with a capital B by mainstream American standards that a little pressure from any other poor saps who want their kids to have time outdoors isn't even going to register.
My third reaction is, I would like to have a little brochure to explain all the participants, now, please?
Until then, here's what http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0327867520071004 has to say about Timur Dykes:
"Timur Dykes, a former spiritual leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and former scout leader"
Actually, Reuters has a lot more to say about Timur Dykes, however, I would like to point out the parallels here (monolithic church, pedophile in the hierarchy simultaneously doing Boy Scouts stuff, hierarchy knows about it and may or may not protect its members in church activities but leaves the guy in place causing trouble through the Scouts) with the priest I blogged about yesterday.