Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee approves of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scouts and leaders, saying it will protect boys from abuse.

On Tuesday, the organization said it was upholding the policy after conducting a confidential two-year review.

(Related: George Takei calls hogwash on Boy Scouts gay ban.)

On his The Mike Huckabee Show, Huckabee agreed with a caller who said gays target groups such as the Boy Scouts.

“I believe homosexuals try to target groups like that, to get a leadership area in, and if there hadn't have been a homosexual in my troop, I wouldn't have been traumatized for about three years,” the caller stated.

“I think if anybody wants to argue about this case, they need to hear your story. That's very powerful. I thank you for having the candor to share it with us, and again, you make us all understand why the Boy Scouts made a decision that I at least think was the right one,” Huckabee said.

Writing at, Zack Ford called the comments “offensive and harmful.”

“Drawing a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia is the same weak argument John Briggs was making 40 years ago in an attempt to ban gay teachers in California. It's unfounded slander against the entire gay community,” he wrote.

“If conservatives like Huckabee believe that banning gays helps protect young people from adult abuse, even that fallacious argument does nothing to explain the value of discriminating against other young people,” he added.