With all this news in the news about Gay Boy Scout news, I’m surprised that neither you nor I have heard the fascinating tale BEHIND the Supreme Court decision leading to the BSA’s predicament. (Hat-tip to my brother Crab.)
It all began with a Sea Scout Master, name of Eugene Austin Evans, who sued the City of Berkeley when the city stopped allowing the scout ship free berthing rights at their marina. Their reason for the city’s action was that he and his organization refused to allow gay members, in violation of city policies that deny free services to organizations that discriminate that way.
So the fine upstanding Sea Scout Master challenged that decision all the way to the US Supreme Court, which finally ruled against him in 2006, leading to today’s situation with the Boy Scouts of America. During Evans’ long righteous fight he became “a hero to conservatives and the religious right.”
You just know this is gonna turn out badly, don’t you? I mean first of all you get that feeling because he’s got THREE NAMES – Eugene Austin Evans – the way the law and press do out of consideration to all the other Eugene Evanses who want to be sure you don’t confuse them with him.
And then you get an even worse feeling when you realize that his initials are all vowels, and you would be right:
Three young men filed suit Tuesday against the Boy Scouts and their former Berkeley Sea Scouts master, seeking damages for their sexual molestation on board the S.S.S. Farallon.
Former scoutmaster Eugene Austin Evans is already in prison after entering guilty pleas in July to sexually abusing two of the plaintiffs in the action filed by Oakland attorneys John D. Winer and Alexis McKenna.
“At the time he was convicted, he admitted in criminal court that the actions had been going on for 30 years,” McKenna said Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutors at the time said they had agreed to the plea on only two of the victims to save them and others from the trauma of testifying about their abuse in open court.
THOUGHT 1: Do you see why so many of us tend to suspect outspoken homophobes of really being repressed homosexuals?
The 20-page complaint filed in Alameda County Superior Court contains detailed allegations about the complaints that led to Evans’ conviction.
The first of the plaintiffs, identified in the filing only as Roe 1, said he was 13 and an eighth-grader when he entered the program in 2002, and was subjected to abuse for the entire three to four years he belonged to the troop.
According to the young man’s allegations, Evans began his seduction with talk of masturbation, and would tell the youths, “I’m the skipper. I’m not going to hurt you. You are my best buddy. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Sexual contact took place inside the ship’s cabin after Evans locked the door and began rubbing the youth’s back, the young man declared. Massage was followed by masturbation and attempted—but never consummated—fellation of the youth, according to the declaration.
THOUGHT 2: Imagine Evans’ arguments to the Supreme Court: “Gays are dangerous, your Honor. Don’t ask me how I know. I just know.”
The second youth declared that molestation began a year after he joined the troop in 2002, ending with the scoutmaster masturbating the youth.
The third youth said he first boarded the ship in early 2001, and he said Evans told him “a story about a guy who lifted a lot of weights in his garage and would let Evans smoke marijuana if he was allowed to perform oral sex on Evans.”
The youth said Evans had groped his buttocks, but he was able to extricate himself before Evans could proceed further.
The complaint also alleges that Evans made frequent racist and homophobic jokes, and warned his charges that any complaints could result in the breakup of the troop “and other boys would hate them for ruining the group.”
“What happens on the boat stays on the boat,” Evans reportedly told the scouts.
THOUGHT 3: Maybe sociopathic gays such as child molesters especially fear normal gays, because normal gays can see through them easier? (A gay friend of mine thinks that makes sense.)
“Evans ran the program with a divide and conquer mentality,” the litigation charges, “turning kids against each other so that he could obtain sexual access to the Scouts that he wanted.”
The complaint also alleges that Evans “constantly made inappropriate masturbation references to the boys and stocked the ship full of pornography,” allegations a scout had earlier reported to the Daily Planet.
…..Despite his conviction in the criminal case, Evans has retained a solid core of supporters, with many of them writing letters on his behalf to the court and showing up to support him at the sentencing hearing.
THOUGHT 4: And just in case you need to be reminded, gays are no more likely to be child molesters than straight people!