Skip to comments.The ACLU wins one against the Boy Scouts
Posted on 11/16/2004 5:06:33 AM PST by Captal de Buch
The Democrats win one for a change.
Seething about their openly gay constituents being denied access to the Boy Scouts the legal arm of the left wing, the ACLU, has continued to dog the youth organization.
In an effort to force the Scouts to put homosexual predators into leadership positions the ACLU has sued Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Board of Education.
It looks like they aren't going to stop until they can get their hands on those kinds.
From the Indy Star.
Pentagon to cut off Boy Scouts from bases
By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide not to directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has engaged in religious discrimination by supporting a group that requires members to believe in God.
The settlement announced Monday is part of a series of legal challenges in recent years over how closely the government should be aligned with the Boy Scouts of America, a venerable organization that boasts a membership of more than 3.2 million members.
[b] Civil liberties advocates have set their sights on the organization's policies because the group bans openly gay scout leaders [/b] and compels members to swear an oath of duty to God. The ACLU believes that direct government sponsorship of such a program amounts to discrimination.
The Pentagon said it has long had a rule against sponsorship of non-federal organizations and denied the rule had been violated. But it agreed to send a message to posts worldwide warning them not to sponsor Boy Scout troops or other such groups.
The rule does not prevent service members from leading Scout troops unofficially on their own time, and Scouts will still be able to hold meetings on areas of military bases where civilian organizations are allowed to hold events.
The settlement does not resolve other ACLU claims involving government spending that benefits the Boy Scouts, such as money used to prepare a Virginia military base for the Boy Scout Jamboree and grants used by state and local governments to benefit the Boy Scouts, Schwartz said.
He said the Pentagon spends $2 million every year to prepare the Virginia base for the jamboree, held once every four years. He said the Defense Department also makes annual allocations of $100,000 to support Boy Scout units on military bases overseas and $100,000 to improve Boy Scout properties, such as summer camps.
Attorney Marcia Berman, who represented the Defense Department, declined to comment on the settlement Monday. But Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said the message that will be sent to bases represents "a clarification of an existing rule that DOD personnel cannot be involved in an official capacity." The original ACLU lawsuit named as defendants the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Board of Education. The schools settled, agreeing not to engage in official sponsorship of scouting activities.
Where is GW on this? This needs to be on his agenda to take care of.
The AC'PU' will only make the Boy Scouts stronger and more popular.
Another example of what the blue states don't get about the red states.
That's why Arlen Sphincter is the wrong choice for the Judiciary Committee.
their job is to destroy the USA ...... and they are in league with the communist and socialist to do it.....
Another example of the Communist ACLU trying to destroy anything that teaches our children the correct values.
After the blue states secede, let's make sure there is no ACLU in the red states.
May we who are Christians demand our government not engage itself in official sponsorship of THEIR agendas?
If "our" government can neither sponsor (represent) the will of the majority nor sponsor (represent) the dictates of a minority, what good is government altogether but to collect and spent tax monies?
This, of course, is the same ACLU that had to return over $1 million in grants to the government because they refused to promise they wouldn't hire anyone that was on a terrorist watch list.
Homosexuals are attracted to any and all male dominated organizations.
The Boy Scouts, like the Catholic priests, will be inundated with homosexuals if the ACLU has its way. It will surely end the Boy Scouts as we know it.
The ACLU must know this, so why do they keep at it?
The FREAKS aided by the anti-American, anti-liberty ACLU have gone to far this time... Something has got to be done!
The irony here is great, because the nation's premier 'military base', West Point, sponsors Boy Scout Troop #1, for the sons of the officers and enlisted who run the USMA. Has done so for the better part of 100 years.
I discovered this on a trip to the USMA. You can go to the museum near the Visitor's Center, and they have a display case showing the easily-recognizable BSA khaki uniform with the Troop number, a single "1", on the deltoid. Very impressive.
[BTW this was maybe the best vacation I ever had, taking my eighth-grade son out to the USMA on a football weekend (Air Force won) in the fall two years ago. The prettiest campus on earth, and the whole school is more suffused with an atmosphere of morality and love of God than even a 'religious' university such as Notre Dame. FReepers especially will love this place.]
Back to the real world: This ACLU action is disgraceful, showing how the gays have no perspective, and no sense of fair play. Only seeking to satisfy themselves. They have no business being around scouts for that reason alone, never mind the perverted stuff.
The homos can not win this battle. Support your local BSA troop and district.
If the ACLU thinks they can take down the BSA, they are sadly mistaken. Churches ought to be the main sponsors of scouting, anyway. My boys are Cub Scouts (one will be a Boy Scout in 2 yrs) and our HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL troop is sponsored by a presbyterian church.
New merit badges -
Airborne to all members of ACLU - "DROP DEAD"
Very well stated.
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