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  • LGBT groups target Boy Scouts’ donors

    10/12/2012 10:16:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Dallas Voice ^ | October 12, 2012
    After appealing to the good will and fairness of the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gays, LGBT advocates have a new tactic: Go after the organization’s major funders, from Fortune 500 companies to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. And so far, the new strategy seems to be working. The group Scouts for Equality, founded by former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, recently convinced Intel, the Boys Scouts’ largest corporate funder, to cut off support for Scout councils that don’t have LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies. And this week, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign told Dallas Voice...
  • Gay Boy Scout, Bullied by Troop, Denied Eagle Rank

    10/05/2012 7:27:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 105 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 5, 2012
    Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about turn 18 -- the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor -- his Boy Scout troop won't approve it because he is gay. His project, a "tolerance wall," was inspired by the years of hazing he endured in middle school in Moraga, Calif., and later at Boy Scout summer camp, where his nicknames were "Tinkerbell" and "faggot." "I had I had no idea what gay was at that point," said Andresen, who described hazing that included, among...
  • Boy Scouts helped alleged molesters cover tracks, files show

    09/17/2012 9:38:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/17/2012 | Kim Christensen and Jason Felch
    ver two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public. A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks. Volunteers and employees suspected of abuse were allowed to leave citing bogus reasons such as business demands, "chronic brain dysfunction" and duties at a Shakespeare festival. The details are contained in the organization's confidential "perversion files," a blacklist of...
  • 9-year-old Boy Scout quits over 'unfairness of anti-gay rule'

    09/05/2012 6:15:33 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 70 replies
    Pink News ^ | Sep 5 2012 | Joseph Patrick McCormick
    A nine-year-old Cub Scout has quit over the Boy Scouts of America’s policy which does not allow any gay member, volunteer or staff member. Christopher Tiner, of Minot, Maine, had seen in the news that many Eagle Scouts had returned their badges in protest against the exclusion of gay members, volunteers and staff by the Boy Scouts of America. Scott Tiner, Christopher’s father, said that the Cub Scout made the decision entirely on his own. Christopher reflected on his position: “I didn’t like it that they were kicking people out,” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair.” Christopher, formerly of...
  • The Atlantic: Kill Boy Scouts Like Rabid Dogs

    Remember how the far left in America has said since the rise of the Tea Party that the right is awash in "violent rhetoric"? What about the proposition to kill the Boy Scouts like one would kill a rabid dog? That is what a columnist for The Atlantic has implied. James Hamblin, the magazine's health editor, proclaimed his desire to kill Boy Scouts based on his distaste for their recently re-affirmed policy of refusing to admit openly gay members. Hamblin feels justified in using violent, even hateful rhetoric to attack the Boy Scouts merely because he disagrees with them. Boy...
  • Boy Scouts had to fight with Catholic priests to remove gay leader from Catholic scout troop?

    08/21/2012 9:44:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.21.2012 | Ben Johnson
    LOUISVILLE, August 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have assured a homosexual will no longer act as an assistant scoutmaster at a Catholic church’s troop. But he will continue to lead Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s Girl Scout troop. “I am finding it increasingly difficult to keep a low profile and stay ‘in the closet’ with the Boy Scouts,” Greg Bourke, 54, wrote in a letter to the Lincoln Heritage Council on June 22. Bourke said he had “become increasingly uncomfortable with the don’t ask, don’t tell policy of the Boy Scouts…I feel like it’s hateful...
  • White House: Obama opposes Boy Scouts' ban on gays

    08/08/2012 2:55:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 8, 2012 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to gays and the Boy Scouts, President Barack Obama and the youth organization he serves as honorary president have agreed to disagree. The White House on Wednesday said Obama opposes the youth organization's recently reaffirmed policy of excluding gays as members and adult leaders. He has no plans to resign as honorary president, White House spokesman Shin Inouye said.
  • National Boy Scout policy against openly gay members flouted by local councils

    08/08/2012 5:24:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.8.2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    August 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Although the Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed a policy against having open homosexuals as members, at least some local councils say they don’t consider the policy actually binding on their own operations. A Catholic parish in Minnesota was recently blindsided when they learned the Boy Scouts’ reputation for Christian conservative values didn’t bear out in the case of their local Council, which declared last month that it would continue admitting individuals who were openly homosexual. “Every council is reflective of their community,” said Kent York, spokesman for the Twin Cities-based Northern Star Council, Minnesota’s...
  • Mitt Romney Comes Out in Support of Homosexual Boy Scout Leaders, Members

    08/07/2012 6:36:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 427 replies
    Christian News ^ | August 6, 2012 | Heather Clark
    A spokesperson for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has advised that the former Massachusetts governor disagrees with the Boy Scout’s current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from serving as members and leaders. According to The Associated Press, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the news outlet in an email that Romney still stands by his beliefs that homosexual men should be able to serve in the organization. She specifically noted that Romney had outlined his views in 1994 during a political debate, and that his stance has not changed. “I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what...
  • Boy Scout files reveal repeat child abuse by sexual predators [LA Slimes Hit Piece]

    08/05/2012 7:08:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 5, 2012 | Jason Felch and Kim Christensen
    For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has relied on a confidential blacklist known as the "perversion files" as a crucial line of defense against sexual predators. Scouting officials say they've used the files to prevent hundreds of men who had been expelled for alleged sexual abuse from returning to the ranks. They've fought hard in court to keep the records from public view, saying confidentiality was needed to protect victims, witnesses and anyone falsely accused. "It is a fact that Scouts are safer because the barrier created by these files is real," Scouts Chief Executive Robert Mazzuca...
  • An Eagle Scouts Returns Medals (Romney reaffirms opposition to Boy Scout Ban on Homosexuals)

    08/04/2012 10:00:57 PM PDT · by Kazan · 155 replies
    Associated Press via Wooster Daily Record ^ | August 3, 2012 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For the physician in Illinois, the attorney in Kentucky, the arts editor in Oregon, their Eagle Scout medals were treasured reminders of youthful achievement. Yet each is parting with his medal out of dismay over the Boy Scouts' recently reaffirmed policy of excluding gays. ### In contrast to Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney does have a public position on the Scouts' policy -- he politely disagrees with it. Back in 1994, during a political debate in Massachusetts, Romney said this: "I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to...
  • Eagle Scout returns his medal in protest (3 guesses why)

    08/03/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT · by workerbee · 65 replies
    Gazette ^ | 8/2/12 | Katherine Heerbrandt
    Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is an arduous task, requiring dedication and hard work. Returning the award was equally difficult for Steven Colella, 23, of Frederick, but it was a necessary one, he said. Colella, who is gay, made his decision in response to an announcement this month by The Boy Scouts of America affirming its policy of "not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals." “I have no place in that organization. I knew it was the right thing to do for me,” Colella said. Colella, who has spent 18 years in the Scouts, sent a letter to...
  • A Century of Eagle Scouts

    08/01/2012 6:24:23 AM PDT · by giant sable · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2012 | Michael S. Malone
    One hundred years ago on Aug. 1, Arthur Eldred, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Long Island, became the first person to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Eldred, tall, quiet and with a shock of dark hair, had joined scouting largely at the behest of his widowed mother, who hoped it would give some structure to his life. Yet as Eagle Scouts would continue to do throughout the next century, Eldred caught the scouting world by surprise. He was the first of an extraordinary new cohort of young men who were to prove very different from the classic 13-year-old Boy Scout...
  • Firing of gay [BSA Eagle Scout] staffer leads 10 to quit in support

    07/25/2012 7:58:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 98 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 25, 2012 | Ed Fletcher
    Tension over the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy reached the Sacramento region this week after 10 members of an area summer camp staff walked out in response to the firing of a gay staff member. Local BSA officials said the young man was fired not because he is gay, but because he failed to heed repeated requests to dress appropriately for camp. Specifically at issue were his painted fingernails and earring, although one senior official said there were also complaints about his mannerisms and behavior. . . On the other side, Randy Thomasson, president of the website SaveCalifornia.com,...
  • Washington gubernatorial candidates chastise Boy Scouts

    07/23/2012 5:26:21 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 23 2012 | Robert Hulshof -Schmidt
    The leading candidates in Washington's tight gubernatorial race both issued statements opposing the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to retain a policy prohibiting gay Scouts and leaders. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both chastised the organization for the announcement that their secret committee unanimously refused to change the discriminatory policy.
  • Former Boy Scout leader sent to prison for making child porn

    07/21/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSL.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — A former Boy Scout leader and hospital employee will go to prison for collecting and making child pornography. Third District Judge Robin Reese on Monday sentenced Shawn Thomas Whiting, 34, to a one- to-15-year prison term on four second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Whiting pleaded guilty to the charges in April. He originally faced a total of 20 counts of the same charge, but the 16 additional counts were dismissed in exchange for the man's plea. Reese ordered the man to pay for the cost of counseling for his victims. The Utah...
  • Should the Boy Scouts be able to ban gays?

    07/18/2012 6:48:53 PM PDT · by South40 · 33 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/18/2012
    Should the Boy Scouts be able to ban gays? • Yes • No • I'm not sure Vote here (scroll down on right)
  • CNN Encourages Gay Activist to Fight Boy Scouts on Including Openly-Gay Scouts, Leaders

    07/18/2012 1:39:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 18, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    Once again CNN is cheerleading the fight for gay rights, this time within the Boy Scouts. An effusive Starting Point panel welcomed gay activist Zach Wahls on Wednesday and celebrated his cause of pushing the Boy Scouts towards acceptance of openly-gay scouts and leaders. Wahls is no stranger to CNN, as back in May he was lauded as a "very powerful" activist during a soft interview. On Wednesday, the CNN panel oozed admiration for him. "I'm a big fan. I've followed you for a little while," Starting Point regular Margaret Hoover told him. "You're a wonderful spokesman for the effort...
  • EDITORIAL: Boy Scouts stay straight

    07/17/2012 5:41:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Freedom not to associate is an important American rightIn the Boy Scout oath, a young man promises to keep himself morally straight. Despite pressure from homosexual activists, that pledge will continue to mean something. On Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they would retain their policy excluding homosexuals from membership and leadership positions. The announcement followed a two-year review by a select committee, which came to the unanimous conclusion that it was “absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts.” The rule had come under fire from homosexual groups recently after Jennifer Tyrrell was forced out of...
  • Gays and lesbians keep pressure on Boy Scouts to let them be members

    07/17/2012 7:52:09 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 32 replies
    Dallas News ^ | July 16 2012 | Scott Parks
    LGBT advocacy groups are continuing to pressure Boy Scouts of America, which applies a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on sexual orientation of its youth members and its adult leaders. This morning, a press release from change.org landed in our in-box announcing that Jennifer Tyrrell, a gay mom who was removed as a den leader by the Boy Scouts of America, will deliver 300,000 petition signatures to the Boy Scouts of America’s national headquarters. The petition calls on the Scouts to reinstate her and end their policy prohibiting gay scouts and scout leaders. Deron Smith, a Boy Scout spokesman, said...