Skip to comments.White House vs. Boy Scouts, Part 4
Posted on 07/13/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the first three parts of this series, I showed how the Obama administration is distancing itself from the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization's conservative positions.
Well, the White House just did it again.
At the June 29 White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs was given another opportunity to show support for the BSA on behalf of the honorary president of the BSA, U.S. President Barack Obama. Ironically, once again Gibbs ducked and dodged questions about the White House's sentiment toward the BSA, by claiming ignorance of the BSA's recent legal victory against the Philadelphia City Council, which accused the BSA of violating the city's nondiscrimination policies (or of being anti-homosexual).
Here is Gibbs' actual exchange with WorldNetDaily correspondent Lester Kinsolving:
Kinsolving: What is the president's reaction to the unanimous jury decision in the U.S. District Court for eastern Pennsylvania in support of the Boy Scouts and against the Philadelphia City Council, who tried to bar them from their longtime headquarters?
Gibbs: You're going to find this surprising, but I'm not aware of the details of the case.
Kinsolving: It was widely reported.
Gibbs: It missed my desk. It missed my desk.
Kinsolving: You don't read very much.
Gibbs: I think it's safe to say, Lester, you and I probably don't read the same things, yes. (Laughter.)
Speaking of reading, in February an article was published by the nonpartisan research and education institute First Things that proposed that The Boy Scout Handbook is "the most influential conservative book ever produced in America." It never has gone out of print since its formation in 1910.
Therefore, The Boy Scout Handbook also must be one of the most dangerous threats to the White House's plan and goals to inculcate the progressive agenda and beliefs into the hearts and minds of every youth in America. Though most would not label the BSA handbook a conservative text, it certainly has become that in light of contemporary culture. It truly is a shining light for traditional values.
Literary historian and cultural critic Paul Fussell once described the Boy Scout Handbook as "among the very few remaining popular repositories of something like classical ethics, deriving from Aristotle and Cicero."
Or as Joe Carter at First Things wrote: "And then there is the Scout Motto ('Be Prepared') and the 12 point Scout Law which includes the politically incorrect admonition to be reverent: 'A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.'"
If President Obama concurred that the BSA handbook's principles enrich the lives of youth, develop quality leaders and help produce a new generation of patriotic American citizens, then wouldn't you expect the present White House would be espousing the BSA like past administrations?
I know, I know. I shouldn't expect so much. After all, President Obama is probably too busy trying to fix the economy, the border problems, the Gulf oil crisis and the Afghanistan war, right? Such is the case also with deadbeat dads across the country; they're too busy to support or do anything with their kids. Know what I mean? (Why don't you try that explanation on the Scouts and see how well it goes over.)
There I go again, sounding like Glenn Beck. And besides, those Boy Scouts should be reading other, more meaningful materials than what Fussell labeled "a popular repository of something like classical ethics," right? Maybe Scouts need to broaden their horizons, right? Maybe Scouts should be reading progressive texts, such as "The Communist Manifesto" or the book that Doug Mills of The New York Times inadvertently photographed Obama reading on the presidential campaign trail in Bozeman, Mont.: "The Post-American World." Whom are we kidding?! Not the kids!
Last week, I challenged Obama, the honorary BSA president, to attend the upcoming National Scout Jamboree from July 26-Aug. 4 in Virginia, as past U.S. presidents have done. I concluded by respectfully challenging the BSA's leadership with two straightforward objectives.
First, don't ever compromise your core principles and values. You've impacted millions upon millions of young lives and enriched our country and world because of your presence and contributions. Don't sell out now, especially on account of others' progressive agendas.
Secondly, I would appeal to the BSA's national president, Rex Tillerson, himself to please consider approving the new BSA patriotism merit badge. More than ever, our country needs to commend those young people who demonstrate a unique commitment to not only God but also country. With our republic facing some of its greatest trials and a potentially perilous future, it's time to reward valiant and exceptional patriotism, especially among our youth.
It’s not specifically the Boy Scouts that the leftist America haters are going after, but the entire American way of life and value system that has made this the greatest country that it is. This is why they hate the Scouts, for America’s sake.
yup. we can’t be raising any honest respectable leaders fo the future..time to stop the Boy Scouts
It’s a pretty foul person who goes against the Boy Scouts.
The 2010 Scout Jamboree will be held @ AP Hill for the last time from July 26th thru August 4th. Lester (or any other person there with a spine) should ask if Zero plans on commemorating the event in any way - as other Presidents have in the past.
Kinsolving = Helen Thomas for conservatives, i.e. a one-trick pony.
How can Obama be the Honorary Leader of BSA? He isn’t trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. This is a fact.
There's no Air Force One requirement here...forget about it...
A few months ago, Gibbs was claiming that he and his son were working on a Pinewood Derby car. Now he’s going to claim that, in his exalted position of Press Secretary, and his self-publicized personal interests with his son, that he’s not familiar with the very public thrashing Philadelphia received?
Not teaching his young Cub Scout much about honesty, is he?
Will he even be commemorating the Scouts 100th Birthday in any way? Don't hold your breath.
My Cub Scout is well aware of Obama snubbing them and he proudly displays this Scout Saluting Reagan poster in his bedroom.
SCOUT SALUTING REAGAN POSTER:
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Oh, I don’t know. I bet very few of my Pack and Troop parents know anything about this suit. People aren’t paying attention to that kind of thing. Unfortunately.
What’s this about a Patriotism MB? There’s already a Citizenship in the Nation MB that pretty much all the boys earn.
A pack parent and Press Secretary and he's already attempted to side-step criticism of his boss, and isn't aware of one of the larger BSA wins in the last few years??
I feel sorry for the young men who work hard and become Eagle Scouts in the next couple years. They’ll have a president who not only won’t care about such an achievement but will probably be disgusted by it if he could even be bothered.
There is no honor in any connection with the thug in our White House. I cannot wait for a real American to take both positions and restore honor and integrity to those important offices. As for Eagle Scouts, even Joe Biden's signature on the certificate would be better than a mechanical reproduction of the foreigner's scrawl.
All Democrats are the same, they just have different faces so you can tell them apart.
Nixon didnt attend the 1969 National Jamboree in Idaho, but in his defence the first moon landing was occuring that week. I was there I know
Keep Zero away from the Scouts.
There were three citizenship merit badges when I was a
Scout. Community, Nation and World. We all had them
because they were required for advancement to 1st Class,
as I recall.
When I retired as ACM and Den Leader our pack gave me a framed poster of the scout saluting Ronaldus Maximus. It is my favorite.
Good for you and your son and - awesome poster!
The Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World MB’s are still in existence. You have to earn all 3 to get Eagle, but no MB is required for 1st Class. When were you a Scout?