Skip to comments.Boy Scouts face setback in Supreme Court
Posted on 10/17/2006 7:11:14 AM PDT by presidio9
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We were with our son selling popcorn at a Show and Sell last weekend, when someone felt the need to come up to us and say he wasn't going to buy popcorn to support a group that discriminates against homosexuals. I'm sorry to say that I was so shocked that I didn't have a ready reply and just stood there with my mouth open.
The Scouts are nowhere without private benefactors. This is the way they've always prospered, at least from my experience.
Hopefully philanthropy will step in to save traditional values of scouting.
I don't see why the court would stop at scouting- many churches do not allow perform or sanction gay marriage- I guess they lose their tax exempt status next. Soon USA will be an entire nation where citizens must accept sodomy as a "natural right" to be taught to the youngest of us as just another normal, to obtain federal tax benefits.
I think something like "enjoy your no popcorn, butt pirate," would have sufficed.
"There is nothing in the history of our country that prohibits homosexuals from establishing their own youth mentoring organization - after all, they have NAMBLA!"
I think that's coming soon, too.
This ruling was issued by California's State Supreme Court. The Scouts think things may be different when the appeal to SCOTUS, and I tend to agree with them.
Any person or group who relies on The State for their well-being and solvency has no reason to complain when The State starts making outrageous demands of them.
Two years ago, the court similarly rejected a Boy Scouts appeal of a case from Connecticut, where officials dropped the group from a list of charities that receive donations from state employees through a payroll deduction plan.
The Boy Scouts were the wrong plaintiff in this case. They would have had a much better chance of succeeding in court if the suit had been brought by a donor who was not permitted to donate to his/her favorite charity through this plan.
Every Bible-based, true-teaching church could charter a Pack (Cub Scouts) and a Troop (Boy Scouts), actively recruit in their local neighborhoods, and include Scouting as part of their Youth Ministry. Just like so many NCC churches do.
And this is not a theoretical matter. The decision of the Boy Scouts that it is dangerous to have adult homosexuals as leaders is a matter of the safety of those in their care. Witness Gerry Studds (D-Mass) who actually seduced a young boy, and Mark Foley (R-Fla) who sent nasty messages to a boy.
The Scouts are right on the law, and right on the practicalities of the matter. The AP is being politically correct by avoiding the fact that adult homosexuals are dangerous to young boys.
Please see my most recent statement on running for Congress, here.
The left's battering of the Boy Scouts has been led by the radical homosexual movement in the Democratic party. That the Democrats led the assault on Scouting will be forever to their shame.
Unfortunately, this issue was not properly developed at trial, and therefore could not be presented to the Supreme Court.
John / Billybob
What the hell are you talking about? It's a PUBLIC marina. Wanna bet there's some gay group who is enjoying free use of public property because of Berkeley's arbitrary rules? Plenty of not-for-profit groups are discriminatory. Do you really want to open that Pandora's Box? The end result of rulings like this will be "mo more Boy Scouts." Is that a good thing in the name of buttsex equality?
Do you happen to know, how long has it been that the Girl Scouts have allowed male leaders? I was amazed when this was pointed out to me. It's a bad idea, just as allowing homosexual males to lead Boy Scouts is a bad idea.
Perhaps it's time for the Boy Scouts to undertake a special progect for their Berkeley troop . . . "Demolition of Breakwater and Other Marine Infrastructure."
You're actually making a very good argument that a "public marina" shouldn't even exist in the first place. That rationale should also be extended to just about everything else we've come to expect from government these days -- public schools, public hospitals, public housing, etc.
So instead of blaming a Communist government and legal system for this, are you saying the Boy Scouts should be suing their own lawyer for his/her incompetence?
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus
Those that have worked to neuter American men feel they're quite successful, and now target our sons.
Possibly, but that's a moot point, because it DOES, in fact exist. As long as it exists, the Scouts have as much right to it as any other organized group.
Girl Scouts was lost years ago. New-age psycobabble abounds there.
I thought about that. They definitely used the word to make an emotional point. But the AP statement is technically accurate. The policy is discriminatory. It is not morally, ethically, or legally wrong per se to discriminate in hiring. It depends on the nature of the thing and what group is involved.
Since the Boy Scouts discriminate against instating openly gay leaders, isn't that like the policy of the U.S. military (don't ask, don't tell)?
All the more reason to raise our sons outside the grasp of any government or government-sponsored organization, right?
Now's a great time to make that point. Repeatedly.
As far as the activists, the book "After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90's" laid out the plan that is working so effectively for them.
Be careful what you wish for. Whenever the subject of a private organization's access to public assets comes up, I always present a hypothetical scenario in which a radical Islamic sect wants the same access to these public facilities as an organization like the Boy Scouts.
Not in our homeschool Girl Scout troop. We start each meeting with the pledge, including "under God," and a patriotic song, usually "God Bless America." The Girl Scouts as a national organization is fairly PC, but that can be easily mitigated by the moms running the troop.
How ironic is it that people like that bunch of Muslim cab drivers who refuse to pick up passengers with alcohol and passengers with dogs may end up being this country's best line of defense against this radical homosexual agenda?
I wasn't aware that they had built a breakwater.
Any chance that they can sue Berkley for the value (or the cost) of the breakwater...then use the money to buy dock spaces?
Yep. And for an understanding of what's happened to our public schools, we must go back to mid-1900's The Frankfurt School and those peoples' plan. That's where the plan to subvert government schools and the tools of consensus building and sensitivity training were conceived. This stuff didn't just happen.
This was the appeal to SCOTUS, which refused to hear the case.
"The action let stand a unanimous California Supreme Court ruling".
did you see this?
And what makes you think the America-haters in Berkeley would have the slightest problem with a radical Islamic group?
They'll fear the radical Islamic group in a way that they would never fear ordinary Americans.
They should, as they would be first on the religion of peace hit-list, but they don't. Hating Bush and anything associated with him is more important to them.
Actually, they are. "1 a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently 2 : the quality or power of finely distinguishing."
On the one hand, you have the a hoterosexual scout master. OTOH, a homosexual. Responding to those situations differently is the essence of discrimination.
The left has twisted the language. Intuitively, folks respond to the word discrimination as a bad thing. But the ability to tell the difference between good and evil is precisely what the left seeks by attacking the word "discrimination."
Discrimination exercised wisely is a good thing. Discrimation exercised foolishly . . .
Disgusting, how people hate the Boy Scouts so.
Maybe they should turn their energies against the terrorists, rather than this fine group which chooses to preserve American values.
Oops, I guess that's the problem . . .
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That's a different story. Churches don't do that because it's against their own teachings, and the government can't pass laws that force Churches to violate their beliefs.
"I guess they lose their tax exempt status next."
That may come to pass. But in a battle between retaining tax exempt status, and standing by their beliefs, Churches should be happy to pay taxes.
So I (male) cannot be a girl scout leader?
Not that I want to, but it makes an excellent counterpoint. Do the girl scouts "discriminate"?
Would my 17 year old son be allowed to play on the High School girls volleyball team, since there isn't a boys volleyball team? Or does the school "discriminate"?
Would I be allowed to participate in a pro-choice rally with my strict (and vocal) pro-life opinions, or would I be arrested as a disruptor? Or do the infantciders "discriminate"?
Can I go to a mosque and praise Jesus? Or do the Muslims "discriminate"?
Why can't a responsible adult within the Sea Scouts 'make a donation' buy taking on the slip lease himself -- ie. keep the Sea Scouts name off the paperwork. Could the marina then keep the Scouts off the property? I doubt it.
Nothing like those great conservative Supreme Court justices.
As a private, member-only organization, you can demand to run your organization according to your own values, which is completely within their right, but you can't then turn around and demand the right to free use of publicly-funded facilities.
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