The Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC) has come to the defense of the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning openly gay scouts and leaders.

Responding to the news that the UPS Foundation has added sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination policy, thus ending its charitable donations to the Boy Scouts, FRC charged that the Scouts have been made “the target of harassment, ridicule and now financial bullying.”

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“What UPS and other corporations refuse to acknowledge is that the Scouts' policy isn't a matter of intolerance – but security,” FRC wrote in a blog post. “After hundreds of cases of child sex abuse plagued the organization, the BSA tried to create a membership criteria in the best interest of kids' safety and parents' rights. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have paid millions – possibly hundreds of millions – to boys victimized by same-sex predators. And the financial toll was nothing compared to the emotional trauma of these children, whose lives are forever scarred by those encounters. For more than 100 years, the Scouts have focused on instilling character and leadership into America's boys. They aren't about to compromise that mission just to placate liberal companies and activists.”

Zack Ford at criticized the group, noting that “most pedophiles identify as heterosexuals.”

“It is by drawing fraudulent connections between homosexuality and pedophilia that FRC earns its designation as a 'hate group,'” Ford added, a reference to the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) 2010 addition of FRC to the same list of hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the Nation of Islam and Aryan Nations for its opposition to gay rights.