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Food Network Reneges on Boy Scout Troop
Citizen Link ^ | 07.22.05 | Aaron Atwood

Posted on 07/23/2005 10:39:02 PM PDT by Coleus

Food Network Reneges on Boy Scout Troop

by Aaron Atwood, assistant editor

TV's Food Network takes Boy Scout idea off the table.

When the Food Network asked "How do you Iron Chef?" on its Web site, Boy Scout Troop 99 of Colorado Springs responded. They were accepted—then rejected because they pledge to "being morally straight."

The troop had been doing Iron Chef competitions at campouts and Scoutmaster Dave Maher thought a vignette of his troop cooking up a storm would make a great promo for the company.

The competition gives two chefs an identical cache of food and challenges each to outdo the other in creativity and taste. Maher's crew takes cooking seriously and had the Boy Scout version of the popular TV program down to a science. Maher said some of the food threw the Scouts for a loop.

"One of the foods I put in initially was an eggplant," Maher said. "A lot had never seen it before."

Maher answered the casting call and the producers responded. In a few weeks Maher was discussing with the show's staff the logistics of hauling cameras to its next campout. Would there be electricity? Do you need parking? What date works best?

The excitement faded when Food Network producers took the idea to parent company, E.W. Scripps.

"It went to Scripps for a rubber stamp but got shot down at corporate approval," Maher explained. "Scripps was unwilling to work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the Boy Scouts' position—policies which they perceive are the Boy Scouts' discriminatory practices on gays."

This isn't the first time BSA has been singled out for a perceived anti-gay agenda. Several lawsuits have been brought against the nearly century-old organization by the American Civil Liberties Union in recent years. In fact, Congress is getting involved after the Department of Defense balked at allowing Boy Scouts to use military facilities. As Scouts from around the world converged on Fort A.P. Hill, Va. for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., took to the floor of the Senate to propose the Support Our Scouts Act 2005.

"This legislation . . . is necessary to press back on the lawsuits that seek to sever the ties between our military, which has hosted the Boy Scout Jamboree on its bases, and the Boy Scouts of America," he said. "America's youth can learn so much from the men and women in uniform today: love of country, commitment to values, sacrifice for others. It is simply wrongheaded to conclude that Pentagon support of the Boy Scouts of America violates the establishment clause. It is time to return some common sense to the courts."

The lawsuits stem from the unabashed religious thread woven through BSA policy. In 2002 the Executive Board of BSA issued a resolution stating, "(T)he national officers agree with the report that 'duty to God is not a mere ideal for those choosing to associate with the Boy Scouts of America; it is an obligation,' which has defined good character for youth of Scouting age throughout Scouting's 92-year history and that the Boy Scouts of America has made a commitment 'to provide faith-based values to its constituency in a respectful manner.' "

The resolution continued in waters where many politically correct are unwilling to tread: "WHEREAS the national officers further agree that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the traditional values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law and that an avowed homosexual cannot serve as a role model for the values of the Oath and Law."

The Scripps decision to nix the Boy Scouts' campout would have little consequence had it only affected Maher. However, Forrest Eaglin, a 12-year-old Tenderfoot in Troop 99 had to come to terms with the fact that he wasn't considered worth being on TV because of the oath he'd taken.

"I was really amazed (at being on the Food Network) because this has pretty much never happened in the troop," he said. "Everybody was thrilled."

But when they got the message that the deal was off?

"I felt really disappointed. We were, like, all excited to have them come and film us. It really bummed us out."

Eaglin will still go on the July camping trip. He's excited because he has earned enough rank to sleep in his own tent. But the Food Network will miss the opportunity to show what America truly values—not the Iron Chef—the Iron Will.

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To: Coleus
Here's my post to FoodNetwork at THIS site. Why not stop by, and let them know that if they do not need what is good in America, and cannot be tolerant themselves as they demand "Tolerance" for THEIR crappy ideas and opinions...the We as America do not need them!

My e-mail is as follows...

Congratulations....now that your PC Idiots have screwed over the Boy Scouts, not only will I ban your network from my house, I will be PERSONALLY leading the charge to have yor FCC License pulled for YOUR discriminatory act towards the Boy Scouts, AND will be contacting My Reps and Senators to have FED Law come down on you! Oh, lets not forget the SPONSORS that will get a PUBLIC boycotting like you have NEVER seen! Thanks for providing such a convenient list and link to them...(LINK to them here...down on the left.)

See, the Boy Scouts have the LAW on their side, as a PRIVATE organization, they can and DO maintain standards...unlike your "Iron Chefs" Bobby Flay and Mario Battali...who managed to let their own politics spill into THEIR restaraunts (Pro-Kerry). I guess THAT was OK with you....that they could piss off their own clients and thus reflect badly on YOUR network was ok, huh?

In case you are clueless as to what the problem is....read this.

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""Food Network Reneges on Boy Scout Troop" "

by Aaron Atwood, assistant editor

TV's Food Network takes Boy Scout idea off the table.

When the Food Network asked "How do you Iron Chef?" on its Web site, Boy Scout Troop 99 of Colorado Springs responded. They were accepted—then rejected because they pledge to "being morally straight."

The troop had been doing Iron Chef competitions at campouts and Scoutmaster Dave Maher thought a vignette of his troop cooking up a storm would make a great promo for the company.

The competition gives two chefs an identical cache of food and challenges each to outdo the other in creativity and taste. Maher's crew takes cooking seriously and had the Boy Scout version of the popular TV program down to a science. Maher said some of the food threw the Scouts for a loop.

"One of the foods I put in initially was an eggplant," Maher said. "A lot had never seen it before."

Maher answered the casting call and the producers responded. In a few weeks Maher was discussing with the show's staff the logistics of hauling cameras to its next campout. Would there be electricity? Do you need parking? What date works best?

The excitement faded when Food Network producers took the idea to parent company, E.W. Scripps.

"It went to Scripps for a rubber stamp but got shot down at corporate approval," Maher explained. "Scripps was unwilling to work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the Boy Scouts' position—policies which they perceive are the Boy Scouts' discriminatory practices on gays."

This isn't the first time BSA has been singled out for a perceived anti-gay agenda. Several lawsuits have been brought against the nearly century-old organization by the American Civil Liberties Union in recent years. In fact, Congress is getting involved after the Department of Defense balked at allowing Boy Scouts to use military facilities. As Scouts from around the world converged on Fort A.P. Hill, Va. for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., took to the floor of the Senate to propose the Support Our Scouts Act 2005.

"This legislation . . . is necessary to press back on the lawsuits that seek to sever the ties between our military, which has hosted the Boy Scout Jamboree on its bases, and the Boy Scouts of America," he said. "America's youth can learn so much from the men and women in uniform today: love of country, commitment to values, sacrifice for others. It is simply wrongheaded to conclude that Pentagon support of the Boy Scouts of America violates the establishment clause. It is time to return some common sense to the courts."

The lawsuits stem from the unabashed religious thread woven through BSA policy. In 2002 the Executive Board of BSA issued a resolution stating, "(T)he national officers agree with the report that 'duty to God is not a mere ideal for those choosing to associate with the Boy Scouts of America; it is an obligation,' which has defined good character for youth of Scouting age throughout Scouting's 92-year history and that the Boy Scouts of America has made a commitment 'to provide faith-based values to its constituency in a respectful manner.' "

The resolution continued in waters where many politically correct are unwilling to tread: "WHEREAS the national officers further agree that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the traditional values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law and that an avowed homosexual cannot serve as a role model for the values of the Oath and Law."

The Scripps decision to nix the Boy Scouts' campout would have little consequence had it only affected Maher. However, Forrest Eaglin, a 12-year-old Tenderfoot in Troop 99 had to come to terms with the fact that he wasn't considered worth being on TV because of the oath he'd taken.

"I was really amazed (at being on the Food Network) because this has pretty much never happened in the troop," he said. "Everybody was thrilled." But when they got the message that the deal was off?

"I felt really disappointed. We were, like, all excited to have them come and film us. It really bummed us out."

Eaglin will still go on the July camping trip. He's excited because he has earned enough rank to sleep in his own tent. But the Food Network will miss the opportunity to show what America truly values—not the Iron Chef—the Iron Will."

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See...these kids do NOT need you...but you most DEFINITELY need them...their demographic...and don't forget the PARENTS AND FAMILIES and Friends that will now join in this.

Your PC Days and attitudes are so pre 9/11, and so reflective of that arrogant Bubble of a city called New York....here's to hoping that smart celebs like Alton Brown and Paula Dean will realize that working with you taints them, and ultimately...they don't NEED you!

41 posted on 07/24/2005 4:26:17 AM PDT by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: DoughtyOne; Coleus
The excitement faded when Food Network producers took the idea to parent company, E.W. Scripps.

"It went to Scripps for a rubber stamp but got shot down at corporate approval," Maher explained. "Scripps was unwilling to work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the Boy Scouts' position—policies which they perceive are the Boy Scouts' discriminatory practices on gays."

Homosexual executive at E.W. Scripps shot it down. That's how gays like to work politically. Behind the scenes, nastily, snarking at all the stupid breeders as they stick the knife in them.

A hundred years from now, the BSA will still be around, and the guys at E. W. Scripps who weaseled them will be crackling in hell.

42 posted on 07/24/2005 4:40:08 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: concerned about politics
It's the new and improved PC rule. Separation of Church and .... everything!

It's gay vindictiveness, one of the most potent varieties.

The BSA actually stood up to them and won, all the way up to the Supreme Court -- now they'll pay.

This tells you something more important about the gay "movement" than anything that was written in the court briefs and opinions.

43 posted on 07/24/2005 4:44:17 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: kcvl
"...a show done by Mariel Hemmingway in CUBA where her grandfather lived for a while."

I watched about 10 mins of that and when it was clear that it was nothing but a puff-piece with no regard for the fact that those folks live under a dictatorship, it was time to change the channel.

44 posted on 07/24/2005 4:48:42 AM PDT by Sam's Army (Would the Professionally Offended just go home and get drunk, or something?"--Tax-chick)
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To: BookaT
Can anyone find and post ALL companies that this E.W. scripts is in charge of or has any influence on them?

Check my post here

In the link to their sponsors, on that page there is also a link to all the Scripps shows and family (perverted post-nuclear as it is).

Time to saddle up and ride on this one FReepers....if you live your life in a public arena, then by G_D the PUBLIC has a Right to Know just where you stand...and then WE can decide that THEY do not meet OUR standards!

Oh, and I guess that using our PUBLIC AIRWAVES to PROMOTE a Gay Lifestyle (Soup to Nuts with Steve and Dan....the GAY COOKS!) and having Flay and Battalli insulting Bush supporters in their restaraunts wasn't a "bad reflection" on Food Network, huh?

"BZZZT! WRONG, Try again Dumba$$!"

45 posted on 07/24/2005 4:48:49 AM PDT by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: Rippersnapper

46 posted on 07/24/2005 4:51:27 AM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: little jeremiah; EdReform; DirtyHarryY2K; Clint N. Suhks

ping.


47 posted on 07/24/2005 4:52:51 AM PDT by DBeers ()
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To: SamAdams76
It's not that the Scouts have a vendetta against homosexuals, they are just trying to protect their members. Is that such a bad things?

Not at all. But I think the introduction of the argument about family and religious values was deemed necessary by the BSA's attorneys, because of the nature of the attack mounted against BSA by Lambda Legal Defense, the gay lawyering group, in the James Dale case. James Dale was carefully forum-shopped (all these "anti-gay discrimination" cases are) to New Jersey, because New Jersey's state supreme court was known to be very liberal. The BSA basically argued that they were a private, church-affiliated organization (so many of their troops, as you know, are church-sponsored), so that they could validly claim First Amendment protection from Lambda's petition to the State of New Jersey to force "gay-friendly" values on BSA, with a claim that BSA "discriminated" against homosexuals on unsupportable grounds. Don't ask me to explain why protection of the boys from predatory pederasts can't be supported in the law.

All this Scouting backlash by the media is a bunch of nonsense.

No, it's part of the press campaign for homosexuals. They have been actively campaigning on behalf of "gay rights" for over 15 years. In 1994 or so, Jonathan Alter wrote an essay in his magazine -- I think he writes for Newsweek -- in which he listed all the press campaigns that were in progress at the time (antismoking, pro-abortion, etc., etc.), along the way to asking his media fellows to keep the list manageable, lest they lose their focus and their ability to influence the public. Alter's campaign list included the homosexuality campaign.

48 posted on 07/24/2005 5:03:27 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: lentulusgracchus; Clint N. Suhks; Bryan; scripter; ArGee; RonF
Bump and ping.
49 posted on 07/24/2005 5:05:35 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: Rippersnapper
"you gotta call your cable company and get smellivision"
"I don't know about your...but my don't come seasoned"
Slicing a tomato does not beget windchime music and who is Doc Gibbs anyway and does anybody care?
What's with the white socks? You look like the dishwasher not the chef.
Portuguese ingenuity?
Lame, old, cliche's.

They aren't pee cans, they're peckahnns.
They aren't praw lenes, they're pray lenes.
(OK it can be pronouced both ways. Try it.)
Stop putting adding an r to every word that ends with an A. I.e. it's CUBA it's not Cuburr, it's pasta not pastar.
50 posted on 07/24/2005 6:06:09 AM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: ken5050

I should have clarified. We like to watch the original Iron Chef, not Iron Chef America.


51 posted on 07/24/2005 7:22:27 AM PDT by Rippersnapper (Personal accountability doesn't begin and stop with the other person.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Not sure if I have ever seen any of her shows. I did watch some woman's show and it seemed like she had been nipping at the booze during the show. I kept waiting for her to pass out! lol


52 posted on 07/24/2005 7:30:10 AM PDT by Rippersnapper (Personal accountability doesn't begin and stop with the other person.)
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To: Rastus
I like it, but I wish the Japanese version was all in Japanese with dubbing. It's still kind of fun dubbed, though. I also like Unwrapped. The only beef with Unwrapped was their "holiday" episode, where they managed to get through the entire thing only saying the word "Christmas" once, but they had no problem devoting a segment to Kwanzaa. For the record, the only utterance of the C-word was when talking about candy Christmas trees.

I'm not sure either on why I dislike Emeril, but I dislike the 'BAM!' for one thing.

We watch a lot of the 'Unwrapped' shows, too and we like to watch 'Good Eats'. Alton Brown is a very informative host and can be downright funny sometimes!

53 posted on 07/24/2005 7:34:03 AM PDT by Rippersnapper (Personal accountability doesn't begin and stop with the other person.)
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To: angkor
The only E.W. Scripps executive likely to have an axe to grind with the Boy Scouts must be an angry and frustrated pederast.

Seriously, who else would sign-off on such a bizarre temper tantrum?

What I find amazing is how the left and their public relations department, the MSM, gleefully reported the Catholic Church's failure at rooting out homosexual pedofiles within the priesthood, but at the same time, they ream the BSA for taking measures to ensure that the problems the Catholic Church has never actually happen, or at least minimize the damage.

Mark

54 posted on 07/24/2005 7:37:47 AM PDT by MarkL (It was a shocking cock-up. The mice were furious!)
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To: kcvl
The competition to add a new show to Food Network was just recently won by a couple of gay guys. I guess they don't believe in diversity by including the Boy Scouts.

I watched that competition UP UNTIL they got rid of the two people I liked best. I didn't know who won (I SUSPECTED WHO WON) until your post. My suspicion was right. The competition was a farce to push more gays at us, which is why when the two I liked were eliminated, I stopped watching. I refused to give them any more ratings for their 'gayathon'.

I liked the brunette gal and after she was eliminated, I liked the guy that started out poorly but kept improving. He had an odd name IIRC.

Oh well. :(

55 posted on 07/24/2005 7:42:03 AM PDT by Rippersnapper (Personal accountability doesn't begin and stop with the other person.)
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To: Coleus

As far as I'm concerned, the Boy Scouts are free to eclude gays and the Food Network is free to exclude Boy Scouts.

FoodTV isn't about controversy, religion or politics. They aren't a political organization, they are a business.

They have done nothing illegal or immoral. As much as I would like to see everyone support Boy Scouts and my political positions, I can see no reason to hold a grudge against FoodTV for their exclusion of Boy Scouts on their network.


56 posted on 07/24/2005 7:46:36 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Coleus

When Actors, producers, directors, etc...are reprimanded for their "beliefs" they cry MCARTHYISM. Isn't this exactly the same thing? Why don't they understand that?


57 posted on 07/24/2005 8:06:12 AM PDT by Hildy ("You miss 100% of the shots you never take." - Wayne Gretzky)
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To: Itzlzha
Chefs" Bobby Flay and Mario Battali...who managed to let their own politics spill into THEIR restaraunts (Pro-Kerry). I

I can't stand Bobby Flay. A johnny-one-note of cooking.
"Tonight I'm making a Boston Cream Pie, first I'm starting with poblamo peppers.."
All he can cook is Southwestern, and arrogant to boot.

I liked Mario though..disappointed.

58 posted on 07/24/2005 8:09:28 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Rippersnapper
Giada De Laurentiis makes me think impure thoughts...
Who is that?

She's the skinny young woman with the bobblehead that does Italian recipes.

59 posted on 07/24/2005 8:14:25 AM PDT by Willie Green (Some people march to a different drummer - and some people polka)
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To: lentulusgracchus

The Boy Scouts should start to sue for religious discrimination. We should support them.


60 posted on 07/24/2005 8:16:15 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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