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  • Obama: Boy Scouts should admit gays and lesbians, opportunity should be open to all

    02/04/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2013
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week. Obama praised the scouts as “a great institution” that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, he said “no one should be barred from that.” The Boy Scouts announced last week it was considering replacing its longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decision on the issue.
  • How Gays and Women Get In Their Own Way

    02/04/2013 6:02:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Gays can be leaders. Women can be leaders. Without realizing it, I think gays and women inadvertently work against their own objective of equality when they force private organizations to support gay and female leaders. As I wrote here, gays and women are already equal before the Constitution, which defines us by our humanity, not by our sexuality, and is silent on most personal matters like marriage. Furthermore, the more the federal government defines our rights, the less free, equal and human we all become. Here is what generally happens when minority groups confuse social acceptance with equality and push...
  • Will the Boy Scouts surrender their HONOR like Obama wants?

    02/03/2013 3:21:22 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 57 replies
    Send this URGENT alert to all your friends. The anti-family movement is pressuring the Boy Scouts to surrender. To give up their honor.  To accept unnatural behavior -- sin -- and abandon their morally sound membership policy which bars open homosexuals from holding leadership positions. According to a recent statement by Deron Smith, director of Boy Scouts public relations, “... the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation..." The proposed policy shift would place the moral welfare of 2.7 million boys...
  • Gov. Perry: Boy Scouts should keep no-gay policy

    02/02/2013 9:10:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 2, 2013 4:11 PM EST | Will Weissert
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn’t soften its strict no-gays membership policy, and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims of “popular culture.” Perry is an Eagle Scout and in 2008 he authored the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.” It detailed the governor’s deep love for the organization and explained why it should continue to embrace traditional, conservative values—including excluding openly gay members and Scout leaders. … Even though the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven...
  • Scouting's Suicide

    02/01/2013 12:13:16 PM PST · by The King of Elflands Daughter · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/2013 | Edward Whelan
    Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual?
  • Eagle Scout to BSA: Are You Nuts?

    02/01/2013 9:39:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2013 | Jack Cashill
    As a 14 year-old, and a freshly-minted Eagle Scout, I had a terrible crush on my 11 year-old cousin Mary, and she on me. Although not a first cousin, Mary was close enough to the family that she spent a week or two down the New Jersey shore with us that summer in our ramshackle one-bedroom bungalow. My parents got the bedroom, and the dozen or so visitors and kids slept together in the all-purpose general room. So intense was my desire just to reach out and touch her that it kept me awake at night. That is the way...
  • The Boy Scouts' 'Braveheart' moment

    02/01/2013 7:34:08 AM PST · by lost in the snow · 87 replies
    WND opinion ^ | 02/01/2013 | David Kupelian
    The Boy Scouts of America is about to be torn apart. In one respect, it doesn’t matter what BSA’s board members decide when they meet next week – to change their long-standing policy excluding avowed homosexuals, or not to change their policy. Either way, the Boy Scouts of America will not emerge unscathed. It will be bloodied. It will be hurt. The only question is: When the dust settles, which side will the 100-year-old organization be on? Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/the-boy-scouts-braveheart-moment/#ROuvYRYudoUJSlV2.99
  • Call the BSA Board of Directors & tell them to uphold Scouting values!

    01/31/2013 9:34:32 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 36 replies
    http://www.frc.org ^ | 1-31-2013 | www.frc.org
    The phones are ringing off the wall. If you've tried to get through to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), you know it's been tough. If you've wanted to express your concern about the BSA abandoning their longstanding policy of safeguarding Scouts by restricting openly homosexual Scout leaders from holding leadership positions, you may have been greeted by an endlessly ringing phone. This may be one instance in which the Boy Scouts were not prepared. The BSA national leadership were not prepared for the thousands of Americans who were shocked to hear that an organization that could always be counted...
  • Outrage over idea of Scouts accepting homosexuals

    01/31/2013 5:25:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dave Tombers
    'Big Gay' now 'biggest, baddest, boldest bully on the block' Big Pharma and Big Tobacco each have had their day in the sun, and may again sometime, but one pro-family group says there’s another increasingly aggressive and powerful juggernaut at play in America: “Big Gay.” Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, told WND in an interview, “‘Big Gay’ has become the biggest, baddest, boldest bully on the block.” He was reacting to revelations that the Boy Scouts of America are considering giving in to the homosexual lobby and opening their doors to homosexual scouts and...
  • Boy Scouts set up hotline: (972-580-2330) For or against homosexual men being leaders

    01/30/2013 2:45:00 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 58 replies
    BSA | 1/30/2013 | self
    The Boy Scouts of America have set up a hotline to ask if you are for or against a policy change that would allow homosexual men to be Scout leaders. The number has been pushed throughout the day on liberal blogs and twitter. Just like with Chick-fil-A, please let them know how you feel. Please call 972-580-2330 before the this gets turned loose on our scouts
  • Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays

    01/30/2013 2:13:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Pressure from corporate sponsors may be the critical factor in a decision by the Boy Scouts of America to change policy to include homosexual scouts, volunteers and leaders. When a representative from BSA met with Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, to discuss the proposed change, Page was told that BSA is "wilting under pressure from some of their corporate sponsors ...," Page explained in a statement to The Christian Post. The Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights advocacy organization, told BSA's corporate sponsors that it would downgrade their "non-discrimination ratings" if they continued...
  • Is Obama Creating a Pro-Gay Boy Scouts of America? (Flashback)

    01/29/2013 8:35:51 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 37 replies
    http://www.ammoland.com ^ | June 26, 2012 | By Chuck Norris
    Dallas, TX - -(Ammoland.com)- A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay Scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?...
  • Baptist Leaders Predict 'Mass Exodus' From Scouts Over Gay Leader Decision

    01/29/2013 1:57:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches. A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February. "This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead...
  • Scout leaders in Charleston respond to possible gay policy reversal (WVA)

    01/29/2013 1:00:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    WOWK ^ | Alanna Autler
    The Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its national ban on membership based on sexual orientation. Under the revision being considered, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the matter, CBS reported Monday. Troops would have the option of either maintaining an exclusion of gays or opening up their membership. BSA spokesman Deron Smith said under the proposed change... "the Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents." Leaders of Troop 64 in Charleston said they would defer to...
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • Ninth Circuit Court Gets One Right

    01/15/2013 12:00:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Robert Knight
    The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has a well-earned reputation as the hippiest, dippiest, most-reversed appellate court in these United States. It’s where the Pledge of Allegiance gets scrutinized for possible eradication, at least, the “under God” part. But every so often, the Court gets something right. On December 22, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel reversed a federal district judge’s order to evict the Boy Scouts from their longtime camp and local headquarters in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The ruling came in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2001 on...
  • California board challenges Boy Scouts' ban on gay members, approves teen's Eagle Scout bid

    01/09/2013 4:05:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    ap/fox news ^ | january 8, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO – A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday. The four-member board unanimously approved 18-year-old Ryan Andresen's application on Dec. 31 and hand-delivered it to the Mt.Diablo-Silverado Council's leadership, the boy's father said. The board agreed to review Ryan's qualifications after the Moraga teen's scoutmaster refused to sign off on the paperwork after Ryan came out as gay last fall. But the staff executive...
  • Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense

    12/28/2012 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    WSBT.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Kim Christensen
    Organization often played legal hardball against accusers in molestation cases, say attorneys and families. When a lawsuit alleged that two young brothers in Michigan had been molested “hundreds of times” by a troop leader, the Boy Scouts denied responsibility and pointed the finger at someone else — the boys' recently widowed mother. The Scouts faulted the woman “for her failure to provide adequate parental supervision,” suggesting in court papers that she was responsible for any harm to her sons. One of the boys' lawyers called that argument excessive. “The day their dad died, the perpetrator began to befriend the boys,”...
  • Highland hero — Boy Scout, 14, receives rare honor

    12/14/2012 12:06:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    hometownlife | 12.06.12 | Aileen Wingblad
    Highland hero — Boy Scout, 14, receives rare honor
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    12/10/2012 12:07:24 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | AP
    Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money to the Boy Scouts if they change their policy on sexual orientation. Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was a scout in his youth. He received the "Good Scout" Award from the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council in June. ...