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  • The Boy Scouts' Next Capitulation (how now can they argue against the inclusion of gay leaders?)

    06/04/2013 7:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/04/2013 | Trevor Thomas
    To encourage his demonic protégé, Screwtape explained to Wormwood, "It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing... Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." With the Boy Scouts of America's (B.S.A.) decision to allow young gays into their ranks, another signpost warning against the sin of homosexuality has been removed. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts had the Constitutional...
  • Southern Baptists Move To Cut Ties With Boy Scouts Of America Over Inclusion Of Gay Scouts

    06/03/2013 3:15:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 29, 2013 | Eric Brown
    Last week, the Boy Scouts of America made its landmark decision allowing gay Scouts to be members (but not adult leaders), and while many liberal organizations are pleased, America’s largest Protestant church organization seems poised to cut off ties with the Boy Scouts in protest. More than 70 percent of Boy Scout troops across the country are sponsored by religious organizations. Many sponsorships come from the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 47,000 churches. Now, Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee, says it’s time for its congregations to cut all ties with the Boy...
  • Boy Scouts: A Disheartening Betrayal

    06/03/2013 7:29:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | June 3, 2013 | Rebecca Hagelin
    This past week has been pretty devastating for me as a long-time supporter of the Boy Scouts. My own two sons grew up in Scouting, and, with their hard work and encouragement from my wonderful husband who was a Scout Master, they both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. I treasure the time our family spent involved in Scouting - and always will. My heart is broken to realize that the finest institution for young men our country has ever known has grown cowardly, and has disappeared into the great vast wasteland that is modern popular culture. The recent decision...
  • BSA changed its homosexual scout policy on urging from the loathsome scum at NAMBLA

    06/02/2013 8:48:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 63 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/2/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    For many years the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) has been licking its lips at the thought of legalizing sodomy with little boys. Raping little boys with impunity is all these loathsome scumbags think about day and night. Unencumbered by the responsibilities of living a normal life, NAMBLA members are able to put all of their efforts, time and money into bringing about the satanic kingdom they long for. They will do anything to get their way. NAMBLA follows a kind of paraphrase of the famous bank robber Willie Sutton who once said he robbed banks “because that’s...
  • Baptists Plan Exodus from Boy Scouts

    06/02/2013 6:30:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/31/13 | Daniel Burke
    (CNN) – For Southern Baptist pastor Tim Reed, it was Scripture versus the Scouts. “God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas. So when the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its ban on openly gay youths on May 24, Reed said the church had no choice but to cut its charter with Troop 542. “It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.” Southern Baptist leaders say Reed...
  • Boy Scouts Remain Adamant About 'Duty To God'

    06/01/2013 7:56:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 182 replies
    newsmax ^ | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The Boy Scouts of America will likely continue banning atheists and other non-believers from their troops, even though it now accepts openly gay members among its ranks. "I don't see that happening, at least not in the immediate future," said Neil Polzin, an Eagle Scout fired from his job in 2009 as a Boy Scout camp aquatics director, after he admitted he is an atheist. "The focus has always been on the Scouts' discrimination against gays and it seems atheists were always on a back burner or not discussed at all," Polzin told The Christian Century. Since May 23, when...
  • California lawmakers OK a dozen gun-control measures

    05/30/2013 2:37:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 33 replies
    The LA Slimes ^ | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian
    SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers Wednesday advanced a dozen gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition buyers, and gave early approval to a tax penalty on the Boy Scouts for barring openly gay leaders. Californians who want to buy ammunition would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, under a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate also OK'd a bill that would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture in California of semiautomatic rifles that can accommodate detachable magazines. The measure, SB 374 by Steinberg, also would require those who own such...
  • Bill Would Use Calif.’s Tax Policy To Pressure Boy Scouts Into Fully Accepting Gay Members

    05/29/2013 6:58:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    ap ^ | May 29, 2013 4:11 PM
    The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would use California’s tax policy in an attempt to pressure the Boy Scouts of America into fully accepting gay members. The bill would make the organization ineligible for nonprofit tax breaks, despite its vote last week to accept openly gay scouts while blocking gays from becoming scout leaders. ... It now goes to the Assembly. If the bill is eventually signed into law by the governor, the groups would have to pay corporate taxes on donations, membership dues and camp fees, while also paying sales tax on food, beverages and homemade items sold...
  • Boy Scouts to vacate Center City Philadelphia headquarters

    05/29/2013 8:12:16 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 190 replies
    ABC6 Action News online ^ | May 3, 2013 | AP News return for $825,000 under an agreement that settles a long legal battle over the organization's ban on gays, Mayor Michael Nutter's office said...[t]he Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council staff will leave its downtown Philadelphia headquarters of 85 years by June 30...
  • Priest cuts ties to Boy Scouts over gay scout decision (WA)

    05/29/2013 6:26:28 AM PDT · by llevrok · 70 replies
    BREMERTON, Wash. -- On the heels of a historic decision by the Boy Scouts of America, a local priest is making history of his own. He's among the first in the country to cut all ties to the scouts, now that the organization has agreed to allow openly gay members. Father Derek Lappe is the priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton. For years, the church has served as the chartering organization for BSA Troop 1501 in Kitsap County. "We do things like scout Sunday at mass, the boys are just very much a part of our...
  • Leave Boy Scouts, pastor advises parents

    05/29/2013 6:11:24 AM PDT · by BobNative · 37 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | May 28, 2013 | Art Toalston
    Leave Boy Scouts, pastor advises parents Posted on May 28, 2013 | by Art Toalston MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Parents of Boy Scouts should remove their children from the organization, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley advised in his Sunday sermon. Troop 204's affiliation with Roswell Street Baptist Church also will end, Easley said. "I never dreamed I'd have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts," Easley told Baptist Press May 28. "If you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed," Easley said. "And even...
  • Boy Scouts Choose Suicide, and Homo-Activists are Still Outraged

    05/28/2013 6:40:21 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 51 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 28, 2013 | Gina Miller
    Surely the national leadership members of the Boy Scouts of America didn’t believe this ungodly, profoundly stupid vote to allow openly homosexual boys to be Scouts would somehow appease the tools of the radical homosexual movement. Surely these leaders who voted against all common sense and against the very principles their organization professes didn’t imagine that the homosexual alphabet soup militia would be happy with the vote and just let things be. The yeas and nays of the vote had barely been counted when the screeching and wailing commenced from Sodom’s ranks—the Scouts didn’t go far enough! In an abundantly...

    05/28/2013 7:22:59 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 100 replies ^ | may 28, 2013 | Eric Odom
    Actions have consequences. In this case, the Boy Scout organization’s decision to even debate acceptance of open homosexuality has provoked Southeast Christian Church, a church of 30,000, to pull its charter of Troop 212. Southeast Christian Church did not pull its sponsorship and involvement over the recent vote by the Boy Scouts to allow openly homosexual youth to participate. The Church pulled its sponsorship over the Boy Scouts organization’s act of debating the idea of allowing open homosexuality. This is confirmed by the fact the Church actually notified the Boy Scouts earlier in the year before the vote took place.
  • Boy Scouts' Woes Continue With Assault by Atheists

    05/27/2013 9:44:48 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 114 replies
    The New American ^ | 27 May 2013 | Dave Bohon
    The Boy Scouts’ woes continue as two atheist organizations have attacked their policy of requiring participants and leaders to acknowledge faith in God. Boy Scouts' Woes Continue With Assault by Atheists The New American 27 May 2013 On the heels of the news that they caved in to pressure from the homosexual lobby and will allow participation by boys who identify as “gay,” the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are facing a new assault, this time from the nation's organized atheists. On May 24 the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) fired a warning shot over the bow of the...
  • GLAAD Pushes Boy Scouts to Now Lift Ban on Openly Gay Leaders, Volunteers

    05/27/2013 9:02:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 185 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/27/2013 | By Melissa Barnhart
    Members of GLAAD, a nonprofit organization that promotes LGBT advocacy, was at the Boy Scouts of America's headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Friday – one day after the BSA's national council voted to allow openly gay membership – to advocate for additional policy changes acceptable to the gay community. Former scouts Dave and Joe McGrath, a father and son duo who both earned the rank of Eagle Scout, biked 1,400 miles from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to the BSA's meeting in Grapevine to encourage the 1,400 voting delegates of the BSA's national council to vote in favor of the resolution to...
  • R.I.P, Boy Scouts of America

    05/27/2013 7:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/27/2013 | Matt Barber
    “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36) It’s a sad day for both Scouting and for freedom. Indeed, it’s a sad day for America. The century-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – created in 1910 to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes” – has betrayed its own constituency, mission, oath and law. Last Thursday, approximately 1,400 adult BSA delegates from around the country gathered in Texas and decided, in a disgracefully lopsided vote, to welcome into its ranks, “open and avowed” homosexuality (boy-on-boy sexual...
  • Boy Scouts and Sexual Abuse: What Will Happen to 'It happened to me'?

    05/27/2013 7:32:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/27/2013 | Kurt Wayne
    There are some things a parent doesn't want to think, let alone talk, about. For many, chief among those would be sexual assault and abuse of his or her own children. Yet evil far too frequently flourishes in silence. That's why there are times when some individual or group has to be brave enough not just to speak out, but to genuinely try to protect the vulnerable when far too many either are silent or simply don't care. That's exactly what the Boy Scouts of America tried to do about the problem of juvenile sexual abuse of boys years ago...
  • A Message From the Boy Scouts of America [Just Got Their Pathetic Fundraising Email]

    05/24/2013 5:55:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 157 replies
    Boy Scouts office of Development and Corporate Alliances | 5/24/13 | Craig H Shelley
    The reasons you have supported the Boy Scouts of America for more than 103 years have not changed. We will continue to be a leader in youth development and our Scouts will continue to be committed to their communities. With more than 2.6 million youth members, last year Scouts collected over seven million pounds of food for the hungry and contributed more than 13 million hours of service to their communities, and more than 57,000 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle – our largest class ever. After embarking on months of comprehensive discussion and receiving an outpouring of support and...
  • Boy Scouts-Mormon bond remains intact

    05/25/2013 5:46:24 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 149 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | May 24 2013 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Boy Scouts of America began a discussion earlier this year about lifting its ban on gays, some speculated it could lead to the severing of ties with the Mormon church that goes back 100 years. Those predictions ended up being off the mark. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threw its support behind the new policy voted on Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America that opens the door for gay youth to join the ranks, while continuing to ban gay adult Scout leaders.
  • To the Boy Scouts and Others – Warning: Reality is Not Politically Correct

    05/26/2013 8:43:35 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 80 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-26-13 | Jason A. Van Bemmel
    All teens need to be taught by their parents, teachers, pastors and mentors that their sexual desires are not their identity, nor do they need to be controlled by them. Who we are is so much greater than our appetites, sexual or otherwise. And all of us can learn, by God’s grace, to master and subdue our desires.
  • Impact of Open Homosexuality in Scouting (Pre-vote statement)

    05/25/2013 5:32:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 95 replies ^ | May 2013 | John Stemberger
    (OnMyHonor.Net is the nationwide coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting Donors, Eagle Scouts and other members of the Boy Scouts of America who are united in their support of Scouting’s current membership policies and their opposition to the proposed resolution which requires open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts.) On May 9, 2013, pro-resolution BSA officials issued a document entitled “Membership Resolution Points of Clarification” which appears to be a direct response to OnMyHonor.Net’s “Ten Reasons Delegates Should Vote No”. This is a point-by-point response to the Points of Clarification written exclusively for voting BSA delegates.First, the single most important...
  • My letter to the Boy Scouts of America

    05/25/2013 9:33:42 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 159 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | May 25, 2013 | Jeff Head
    I have been involved to one degree or another with scouting my whole life. Either as a scout myself, a volunteer leader (including a Scout Master and on the local Scouting Committee on numerous occassions), or an annual doner. No more. For the reasons I cite, I can no longer support the organization either myself, or for my own grandsons. So, this is a letter I sent to the Boy Scouts of America regarding their recent "vote," on accepting openly gay young men as scouts: MY LETTER TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Boy Scouts of America May 24, 2013,...
  • Megachurch pastor predicts surge in Boy Scout alternative programs after vote to accept gays

    05/25/2013 9:00:39 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 79 replies ^ | 24MAY2013 | Greg Garrison
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Birmingham megachurch pastor predicts a surge in alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America after a decision Thursday by the Boy Scouts to accept openly gay scouts. The Rev. Harry Reeder III, senior pastor of the 4,100-member Briarwood Presbyterian Church, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America and outspoken critic of efforts to change Boy Scout policy on homosexuality, said evangelical churches are a bedrock of support for the Boy Scout tradition in Alabama. That’s now in danger, he said. “When a church holds to a biblical social ethic of sex only between a man...
  • Birmingham area parents and pastors speak out on Boy Scouts (Largest PCA church against gay scouts)

    05/24/2013 10:33:13 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 50 replies ^ | 5/24/2013 | Kent Faulk
    ...Churches have been perhaps the biggest supporters of scouting groups. But today a few pastors in the Birmingham area predicted that the new policy will cause some churches to drop their sponsorship of scouting programs. The Rev. Harry Reeder, senior pastor of the 4,100-member Briarwood Presbyterian Church and outspoken critic of efforts to change Boy Scout policy on homosexuality, said evangelical churches are a bedrock of support for the Boy Scout tradition in Alabama. But that's now in danger, he said. "When a church holds to a biblical social ethic of sex only between a man and a woman in...
  • The First Word in BSA Now Stands for Betrayal

    05/24/2013 7:06:05 PM PDT · by rhema · 85 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2013 | Rick Scarborough and Robert Knight
    Yesterday was a dark day for America. Delegates to a national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) meeting in Texas apparently voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to validate homosexuality among boys. We are outraged. This is a betrayal of the highest magnitude. It's a betrayal of the boys in the Scouts' care. It's a betrayal of trusting parents. It's a betrayal of a 103-year-old institution that has molded millions of boys into men. It's a betrayal of truth and honor. Finally, it's a betrayal of God, in Whose name the organization furthered the priceless worth of being morally straight. The immoral campaign...
  • Let the Downfall Begin

    05/24/2013 9:27:33 AM PDT · by Marine Sentinel · 66 replies
    The Marine Sentinel ^ | 05/24/2013 | Marine Sentinel
    I fully support family and friends of removing their sons from a once impressionable institution. The great “lie” that children are gay is nothing more than men and women pushing an evil agenda. America does not give up. Stand and fight for your boys and they will love you for it. This evil has not place in the lives of young boys or anyone for that matter. Do not allow these sick twisted individuals to dictate what your lives should and will be. I and every other Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airmen, Coast Guard, and National Guardsman didn’t take an oath...
  • Secrecy, Heavy-Handed Tactics Reported at Boy Scouts Meeting

    05/24/2013 6:32:58 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 199 replies
    As counterintuitive as it may sound for an organization with such a wholesome and all-American reputation, it seems that secrecy and heavy-handed tactics are the order of the day at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) meeting that will decide whether the BSA will change its century-old policy to expand its membership to include open and avowed homosexuals.
  • WHAT'S NEXT? [Boy Scouts of America]

    05/23/2013 5:04:45 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 41 replies ^ | May 23, 2013
    Grapevine, TX – Following the vote today by the Boy Scouts of America’s voting delegates to pass the resolution allowing “open and avowed homosexuality” in the Boy Scouts, John Stemberger, Founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a coalition of members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) including parents, Scoutmasters, Eagle Scouts and other Scouting leaders who affirm Scouting’s timeless values, made the following statement:“It is with great sadness and deep disappointment that we recognize on this day that the most influential youth program in America has turned a tragic corner. The vote today to allow open and avowed homosexuality into Scouting...
  • Boy Scouts Approve Plan To Accept Openly Gay Boys

    05/23/2013 3:20:16 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 458 replies
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.</p>
  • Vote could 'gut' famed Boy Scout program

    05/23/2013 5:05:03 AM PDT · by kimtom · 49 replies ^ | may/24/2013 | staff
    a historic vote on the agenda that could change the iconic organization’s century-old policy and allow avowed homosexuals, some 1,400 Boy Scout leaders from across the nation who form the National Council have gathered in Grapevine, Texas. A final vote is scheduled for Thursday on a proposal that would allow openly homosexual scouts but retain the ban on adult homosexual scout leaders. Treatment for TinnitusRinging, buzzing, music in ears? There is hope in Kentucky The Antichrist: Free BookDiscover What the Early Church Knew About Rapture & the Meaning of 666. In the BSA’s official “Voice of the Scout”...
  • Boy Scouts at the Brink

    05/22/2013 9:53:21 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 50 replies
    On My Honor.Net ^ | 5/22/2013 | Albert Mohler
    Meeting Thursday in Grapevine, Texas, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether it will retain or revise its historic membership policy on the issue of homosexuality. The 1,400 voting members of the B.S.A. National Council hold the future of one of America’s most iconic organizations in their hands. In reality, they are not only deciding a matter of membership policy. They are actually deciding the future of the entire organization. The culture wars came to the Boy Scouts many years ago. For the last few decades, the Boy Scouts have had to fight battles with...
  • Homosexuals in Boy Scouts a Bad Idea

    05/21/2013 3:35:21 PM PDT · by kathsua · 9 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | May 21, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    Do those who want the Boy Scouts to allow openly homosexual boys to participate understand why it's the Boy Scouts rather than the Boy and Girl Scouts? Do they think boys and girls should share tents on camp outs? Male homosexuals claim they look at other males the way males look at females. If that is true than they sometimes look at other males as potential sexual conquests. They sometimes invade the sexual privacy of other males by imaging sexual contact with them. I don't know if the claim is true or not. I only know that scientific research indicates...
  • Protests call for Boy Scouts to keep gay ban in place

    05/20/2013 1:22:39 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 12 replies ^ | 05/17/2013 05:42 PM | Becky Bereiter
    CHARLOTTE - Rallies in Charlotte, Raleigh and across the country took place Friday, calling on the Boy Scouts of America to keep its current ban on gay membership. Next week in Texas, the National Council will vote on a resolution that would allow gay boys to join but not openly gay adults. Both are currently banned. Those rallying say sex and politics have no place in the Scouts. "If they don't change the policy, they might lose 20,000 to 30,000 people. This issue has brought things to a head, and created, unfortunately i believe, some wounds and division" said...
  • Boy Scouts of America: Why the Proposed Policy Change Matters

    05/20/2013 10:29:23 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 4 replies
    Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod ^ | 5/16/2013 | Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
    Statement We strongly support the Boy Scouts of America current prohibition on open homosexuality and retaining it without revision. Nearly 70 percent of BSA troops are hosted by churches and religious institutions. Upholding traditional morality is vital for sustaining this partnership, for protecting Scout members, and for ensuring BSA has a strong future. A proposal from the BSA board to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or preference” for BSA members potentially would open the Scouts to a wide range of open sexual expressions. In our current culture, it’s more important than ever for our churches to protect and provide...
  • The Morally Straight Boy Scouts Of America – OpEd

    05/19/2013 9:46:32 PM PDT · by Ghost of Jesus Gil · 16 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | May 19, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    It comes as no surprise that, during a CBS interview in February, President Obama supported having the Boy Scouts of America open its membership to gays and, presumably, those who lead scout troops as well. “My attitude, the President said “is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life.” Spoken like a good Communist hiding the true intent of debasing the cultural and moral life of America.
  • Deceit in the Boy Scouts

    05/18/2013 3:54:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 49 replies ^ | 5/13/13 | Cathy Ruse
    There is deception in the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America. A faction in the national leadership of the BSA wants to get rid of the longstanding membership policy against “open and avowed” homosexuality. But the way it’s going about it is not worthy of the Boy Scouts. The BSA Executive Committee recently released a resolution which will be presented to the National Council for a vote on May 23. To the surprise of many, the resolution addresses only “youth membership,” leaving in place the prohibition on open homosexuality on the part of leaders. It has been widely characterized...
  • Catholic and Luteran-Missouri Synod letters about Boy Scout vote

    05/17/2013 10:24:22 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 21 replies
    On My Honor.Net ^ | 3/27/2013 | John Stemberger
    The National Catholic Committee on Scouting released a sttement on the upcoming BSA National Council vote on the membership standards resolution to allow open homosexual youth to become members of BSA. "... The Catholic Church teaches that those who experience same-sex attraction are always to be treated with dignity and respect. The Church also teaches that sexual acts belong within marriage, and that everyone – young or old, married or single – is called to chastity, through which we grow in our understanding of love. These teachings are especially important for those who serve as role models for young people....
  • Ralph Reed: No Change of Position on Boy Scouts

    05/14/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/14/13 | Jim Meyers
    Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed is vigorously refuting a published report that he sought to help the Boy Scouts of America persuade Christian leaders to back a proposal to allow gays to become scouts. Current BSA policy is to bar membership to "open or avowed homosexuals." But a proposal to be voted on this month, supported by some leading BSA officials, would permit gays to become members while maintaining a ban on gay adult volunteers. "Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case:...
  • The Boy Scouts ask conservative activist Ralph Reed to set up meetings with Christian leaders...

    05/14/2013 8:26:16 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 79 replies
    WORLD Magazine ^ | 5/13/2013 | Warren Cole Smith
    Sometime during the week of May 20, about 1,400 delegates representing Boy Scout troops from across the country will gather in Texas and vote on a proposed policy that, if passed, would allow openly homosexual boys to be Scouts while continuing a ban on homosexual leaders. Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case: Ralph Reed. WORLD learned that Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and now president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has arranged meetings and conference calls between Christian conservative leaders...
  • Boy Scouts, Supreme Court Decision on Homosexuality Could Be Connected

    05/13/2013 4:56:18 PM PDT · by lastmomstanding · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 5-13-13 | Stemberger
    <p>"So what would possess the BSA to risk embarrassing themselves on a national stage by opening back up such a controversial and divisive issue when months earlier they proclaimed they had the "absolute best policy?"</p> <p>For me, the answer to that question was found in a little chicken wing and pizza restaurant right across from my office in Orlando, Florida last year in the summer of 2012. I was at this dive of a restaurant I frequent and happened to see Tico Perez..."</p>
  • Local Boy Scout Leader Resigns Following Council's Decision on Gay Members

    05/09/2013 9:12:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | May 9, 2013 | Reporting
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Bill Moser, who has been a scout leader in Clarksville for many years, has resigned his post Wednesday, May 8 after the Middle TN Boy Scout Council voted against allowing openly gay members. The following is Moser’s letter of resignation, obtained by ClarksvilleNow: "The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. I have been actively involved with scouting for over 50 years, and my personal experience with Scouting has reinforced my belief that helping youth is a key to...
  • Gov. Rick Perry to Join 'Stand With Scouts Sunday' to Support Ban on Gay Membership

    05/05/2013 8:50:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/05/2013 | Melissa Barnhart
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be among the speakers at the "Stand with Scouts Sunday" nationwide simulcast event to support Boy Scouts of America's membership policies on homosexuality. Perry, a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, will be joined by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, the organization that's hosting the Stand with Scouts Sunday event, along with John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a coalition of BSA parents and scouting leaders, who are asking members of the national council to vote "No" on the BSA's resolution to lift the ban on openly gay membership....
  • Boy Scouts of America Survey: 61% Support Current Policy of Excluding Homosexuals

    05/02/2013 3:36:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/02/2013 | Penny Starr
    The results of a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) survey shows that a majority of members support keeping in place the policy that prohibits homosexuals from joining or leading the organization. Ahead of a May 23 vote on whether to change its policies to allow openly homosexual scout members and/or gay scout leaders, the BSA has provided CNSNews with the results of survey conducted in February of BSA members, parents, donors and other interested parties. The survey’s executive summary describes it as “the most comprehensive listing exercise in [BSA] history.” The survey shows that of the 200,000 adult members who...
  • LDS Church Criticized for Endorsing Boy Scouts' Proposal on Accepting Gay Members

    04/28/2013 6:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2013 | By Anugrah Kumar
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the nation's largest sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America, is being criticized for endorsing a BSA proposal that would allow gay youths to join local troops while continuing to exclude gay leaders. "While the church has not launched any campaign either to effect (sic) or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain 'among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today,'" said a...
  • Mormon church OK with ending Boy Scouts' ban on gay youth

    04/26/2013 5:48:45 PM PDT · by virtuous · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 26, 2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given tacit approval to the Boy Scouts’ proposal to allow gay youth to join, saying they “appreciate the positive things” included in the plan to end the organization's controversial ban on gay boys. The Boy Scouts of America last week proposed allowing gay youth – but not adults – to participate in the private youth organization. That came two months after they floated the idea of allowing gays and lesbians of all ages to join, a proposal that was denounced by the conservative religious groups that make up a bulk of...
  • Something Rotten in the Boy Scouts

    04/26/2013 1:43:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 26, 2013 | Austin Ruse
    There’s deception going on in the front office of the Boy Scouts. It includes deliberate misrepresentation of polling data, and threats to pack an upcoming meeting with anonymous and unqualified voters so that the Boy Scout policy on homosexuality gets forced on the majority of Scouts and parents who don’t want it.The Boy Scouts are considering changing their policy of not allowing open homosexuality in either their Scout or leadership ranks. The policy has placed the Boy Scouts in the buzz saw of the zeitgeist and up until recently they have resisted. There are some weak-kneed leaders who want...
  • Mormon Church Pleased with Boy Scouts Proposal

    04/25/2013 7:52:41 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/25/2013 | AP
    The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. ...
  • A Boy's Life with Unisex Scouts

    04/23/2013 10:00:06 AM PDT · by newheart · 39 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | April 23rd, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    The Boy Scouts are en route to holding that there is nothing to being a boy, and nothing to the boy’s becoming a man; they might as well be the Unisex Scouts, as they are in Canada, where the scouting movement has collapsed.
  • BSA membership policy resolution released, will be voted on in May

    04/19/2013 12:25:08 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 18 replies
    The Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Committee today released its membership policy resolution, which proposes removing the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone and maintaining the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The resolution, if passed, would be effective Jan. 1, 2014. You can read a summary below or see the complete text at this link (PDF). ... Below is the resolution: Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy...
  • Boy Scouts propose lifting ban on openly gay Scouts, but not leaders

    04/19/2013 12:01:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/19/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Also breaking today: This is a proposal that would go from the executive council to the Boy Scouts of America voting members in May, , and if approved, go into effect in January 2014: The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation, but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday…“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The...