Chump change for victims … but no change for Scouts

Chump change for victims … but no change for Scouts

Chump change for victims … but no change for Scouts

The Boy Scouts, embroiled in sexual assault litigation, don't appear to be interested in blazing a different trail from that which has led to a multibillion-dollar settlement – and thousands of youngsters' ruined lives.

Some 82,000 boys who are now grown men are claimants in a lawsuit filed against the Scouts because the men claim they were molested by homosexuals while participating in the Scouts. The settlement proposed is an estimated $2.6 billion – but even if it were divided equally, each claimant would receive only a fairly small amount of money. In fact, The Associated Press points out that the average recovery per claimant would be "significantly less than in other settlements of sex abuse scandals involving large numbers of victims."

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality reacts to that news.

"If your life was ruined based on that horrible scenario [and you're] getting $35,000 … is that a fair exchange for your life being ruined by a homosexual predator? I don't think so," he tells AFN.

LaBarbera argues that the experience – including facing a massive lawsuit – ought to prompt an organization to change the policies that caused the harm. Not so the Scouts, says the family advocate.

LaBarbera, Peter (AFTAH) LaBarbera

"To my knowledge, the Boy Scouts have not rescinded their policies in support of homosexuality and transgenderism," he offers. "They remain 'woke' and progressive and politically correct on deviant sex issues – and so how does the problem go away?"

He describes the whole situation as "an incredible travesty which symbolizes the entire decline of American life and morality."

Major contributors to the compensation fund include the Scouts' largest insurers – Century Indemnity Co. ($800 million) and The Hartford ($787 million) – as well as the organization's former largest troop sponsor: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ($250 million). Congregations affiliated with the United Methodist Church have agreed to contribute an additional $30 million.