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  • AFTAH Interviews John Stemberger of OnMyHonor.net on New Wholesome Alternative to the Boy Scouts (AF

    07/19/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 6 replies
    AFTAH ^ | 6/18/2013 | John Stemberger
    This interview with John Stemberger [click HERE to listen], founder of OnMyHonor.net, was recorded today, July 18, 2013. Stemberger describes the formation of a new boys organization that will provide a wholesome alternative to the pro-homosexual Boy Scouts of America (BSA). [Watch an introductory video HERE.] The new boys organization (yet unnamed) will be devoted to building good character among boys, centered on biblical principles. The new group holds its first national convention this September after holding a recent planning meeting of national pro-family leaders in Louisville, Kentucky. Stemberger, who is also president and general counsel of the Florida Family...
  • Special Report: A $439 million camp adds to Boy Scouts money crunch

    07/16/2013 5:20:15 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2013 | Robin Respaut and Brian Grow
    Known as The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the 10,600-acre park opens Monday, when 30,000 scouts are expected to visit for the quadrennial National Jamboree. The Summit will have more than 5 miles of zip lines, a whitewater-rafting circuit, a 120-foot tree house and a stadium for 85,000 people.
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 4: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    07/14/2013 3:09:21 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 3 replies
    FR archives | July 14, 2013 | Various authors
    Bookmark this thread. In the previous three bibliography threads, I have gathered links to 118 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning the decision of National Council to admit "openly gay" children to the Boy Scouts of America. This post rounds the number of threads up to 124, adding six more articles since my last post on June 15.This will be my last bibliography thread for the time being, since the issue has peaked in the news. * * *BSA Bibliograpy Part 4: New group trying to straighten out the Boy Scouts- Gay Scouts question badly misses the point Coach is...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • New group trying to straighten out the Boy Scouts- Gay Scouts question badly misses the point

    07/12/2013 9:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/03 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    In a backlash to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) decision to embrace the presence of openly Gay scouts in its ranks, a new group which has not yet named itself, has announced it will begin to operate as an alternative to the BSA starting next January 1st. Using lofty phrases like “character development” the new group declared it will be generally modeled on Christian principles of chastity outside of marriages between one man and one woman. New Group (NG) will meet in Nashville in September to address what it says are the concerns of “tens of thousands” of individual...
  • National Coalition Announces Boy Scouts Alternative Founded on Christian Values

    07/10/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A national coalition, which includes people formerly associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as well as several other partners, announced Tuesday the formation of a new youth organization for boys that is founded on Christian values and principles. "Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens," said Rob Green, the organization's interim executive director, during a press conference call Tuesday. He added, "The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys, and founded...
  • New Scouting Program: “Press Conference with New Interim Director”

    07/09/2013 1:55:18 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 61 replies
    OnMyHonor.Net ^ | 7/09/2013 | Rob Green
    For Immediate Release July 9, 2013 Washington, DC Good afternoon. My name is Rob Green. I am from Spartanburg, South Carolina and I will be the interim Executive Director of a new national youth character development program for boys. Louisville Meeting: On Saturday, June 29, 2013 a landmark meeting occurred in Louisville, Kentucky. Nearly 50 leaders from around the country came together, each with a strong interest in forming a new scouting-like organization for young men. We had veteran scout leaders, representatives from major faith denominations, and national organizations concerned with youth and families. From that meeting, held less than...
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 3: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    06/30/2013 3:25:22 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies
    FR archives | June 30, 2013 | Various authors
    Bookmark this thread. In past weeks I have gathered links to 112 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning the decision of National Council to admit "openly gay" children to the Boy Scouts of America. This post rounds up some additional articles since my last post on June 15. Some of the stories were posted more than once; if the duplicates had more than a few replies, I have included them also. While my past two bibliography threads contained stories only about the "gay" scouts decision, for the time being I will link to any Boy Scout story on FR. The...
  • Don't bother shedding tears for the Scouts

    06/26/2013 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    WH Price of The Spearhead clues us in on Scouting’s self-inflicted woes, as well as their sordid beginnings. If you have always bought into the mythology, this zinger from Price should blow your mind: That politicians and preachers today could talk about scouting as though its origins are godly, clean-cut and wholesome is, quite frankly, hilarious. The origin of scouting has more to do with taking scalps than it does with...
  • 23 Scouts hospitalized after lightning strike in Belmont, New Hampshire

    06/25/2013 6:13:03 AM PDT · by massmike · 49 replies
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/ ^ | 06/25/2013 | Ian Johnston
    Twenty-three Boy Scouts were hospitalized after a lightning strike in New Hampshire on Monday night, a fire chief said. Chief David Parenti, of Belmont Fire Station, said the Scouts, aged from 12 to 16, were at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Belmont when the incident happened. Parenti told NBC station WHDH that many of the injuries were minor burns. He said six scouts were given cardiac monitors because the burns were in the chest area. However, he said this was done mostly as a precaution.
  • 4 Men Sue Boy Scouts, LDS Church in Idaho (alleged sex abuse)

    06/24/2013 4:31:29 PM PDT · by knak · 25 replies
    Magic Valley Times News ^ | 6/24/2013 | AP
    <p>BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court, saying they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.</p> <p>Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the men, who are named only as John Does I-IV.</p>
  • FReeper comments on Girl Scouts and alternatives?

    06/17/2013 6:43:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 59 replies
    Me
    My little girl is 5. Perfect time to start Girl Scouts except ... well I suppose y'all will fill me in on that. Thoughts?
  • Dissension and fiscal woes beset the Girl Scouts (Awwwwww...)

    06/23/2013 10:02:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/2013 | DAVID CRARY
    Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it's time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to...
  • Alabama Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan asks churches to sponsor Boy Scouts

    06/21/2013 6:18:47 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 40 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | 6/20/2013 | Greg Garrison
    Bishop Kee Sloan, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, has posted a letter asking churches to sponsor Boy Scout troops. In apparent response to the Southern Baptist Convention's resolution opposing the Boy Scouts' decision to accept openly gay scouts, Sloan wants Episcopal churches to step forward to host troops that may need a meeting place. Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter said while in Birmingham last weekend that his church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, plans to stop hosting its Boy Scout troop. First Baptist Church of Pelham and First Baptist Church of Helena have also announced...
  • Meet the Boy Scout with all 134 merit badges

    06/18/2013 7:56:23 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 90 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Jun 18, 2013 | Taylor Kearns
    WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - Logan Robinson is going to need a bigger sash. He's come a long way in 10 years. Back then he was just a 7-year-old Cub Scout who enjoyed carving polar bears out of bars of soap. "For a 7-year old to have a knife and be carving something, it was awesome," said Robinson. "I was hooked right away." Robinson achieved his Eagle Scout rank by the age of 13. Most scouts quit when they hit Eagle. Robinson was just getting started. "If I didn't have something to focus on, I was just going to fizzle out,"...
  • Spot the Similarities: Pro-Gay-Rights and Muslim Thugs

    06/15/2013 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Look at the similarities. As Gallia Watch explains, the French video that you can watch by clicking on the link just below this post title shows "the vigil held in Montpellier on the eve of the first homosexual marriage in France that took place May 29 in that city. Les Veilleurs (those keeping vigil), seated on the ground, and singing L'Espérance (Hope), their anthem, are confronted by the pro-gay crowd, standing, visibly more rowdy and drinking, carrying the multicolored banner of Gay Pride". It is easy to see the contrast between the beautiful, peaceful hymn sung by the Les Veilleurs,...
  • Boy Scouts Bibliograpy Part 2: Latest FR Articles on Admitting "Gay" Scouts

    06/15/2013 2:38:20 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 7 replies
    FR archives | June 15, 2013 | Various
    Bookmark this thread. Last week I linked on one thread 89 news articles posted on FreeRepublic concerning "openly gay" children being admitted to Boy Scouts of America. This post provides links to all additional articles posted on this issue since then to June 15 (as of time/date below). Creating this round-up of BSA news is to avoid flooding your in-box with pings as this situation is being hashed out in one or more articles daily. I will continue to follow up on FR postings and ping you once a week or less, unless there is a huge breaking story. For...
  • Don't Give up the Boy Scouts without a FIGHT!!!

    06/15/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 96 replies
    DannyTN | 6/15/13 | DannyTN
    I've been advocating leaving the scouts since the vote, but that's the wrong approach. The BSA is worth fighting for. I went last night to the Boxwood Scout Retreat here in Tennessee to pick up my son from a week of scouting. As I looked around at the pristine property on the edge of Old Hickory Lake, and the decades of work it must have taken to build the facilities located there, I realized what a shame it was to give it all up without a fight. The BSA have assets on their books of over $1 billion offset by...
  • Caterpillar drops Boy Scouts support over gay ban (no to Homo Scouts)

    06/13/2013 7:03:44 PM PDT · by max americana
    AP (Associated Pukes) ^ | JUNE 13, 2012 | David Mercer
    Caterpillar Inc. no longer giving money to Boy Scouts, cites ban on gay leaders Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spokeswoman for the Illinois-based heavy equipment manufacturer confirmed Thursday. The company's move wasn't directly tied to the recent Boy Scouts decision to continue to bar homosexual adults from roles within the organization while allowing openly gay children to be scouts. Instead, spokeswoman Rachel Potts said, the company decided to cut off funding while reviewing a request for $25,000 that came in last year from a local group in...
  • SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus

    06/12/2013 9:04:27 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    ABPNews ^ | Wednesday June 12, 2013 | Bob Allen
    SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus A highly anticipated resolution condemning the Boy Scouts’ new membership policy affirms churches and individuals that sever ties, while calling for greater engagement by those that don’t. By Bob Allen The Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of urging churches to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in a June 11 resolution condemning the organization’s recent decision to drop its ban on Scouts who are openly gay. The non-binding resolution expresses “continued opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy” and called...
  • Southern Baptists condemn Boy Scouts over admission of gays

    06/12/2013 12:02:39 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-12-2013 | FoxNews.com
    HOUSTON – The Southern Baptist Convention, which represents thousands of churches that sponsor Boy Scout troops, approved a resolution opposing accepting gay scouts - with a top church leader predicting a "mass exodus" of youths from the program that has been a rite of passage for more than a century. The move came as the convention held its annual, four-day meeting in Houston, and three weeks after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay youth to join. With more than two-thirds of Boy Scout troops sponsored by religious organizations, and Baptists being the nation's largest protestant denomination, the...
  • Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

    06/12/2013 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove from executive and board leadership the individuals who earlier sought to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops. While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so. It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain...
  • Freedom of Association and the Boy Scouts of America

    06/12/2013 5:10:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6-12-2013 | Stella Morabito
    Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whelan observed that those two BSA proposals shared on basic feature: "While purporting to allow (in the case of the first) or require (in the case of the second) troops to bar openly gay adult leaders, they threaten to fatally undercut the legal basis for maintaining that bar." Consider for a moment the irrationality of the new policy: a 17-year-old lifelong scout who is avowedly gay and also a youth leader, would, on his 18th birthday, be required to cease and desist being a Scout leader. Whether enforced or not, the situation would...
  • Boy Scouts Attacked

    06/10/2013 7:23:51 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 19 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 6/10/13 | Scott Walter
    The persecution of the Boy Scouts is just one more example of how pernicious it is to argue that tax exemptions equal governmental endorsement and subsidization. Our civil society is supposed to be diverse and tolerant. If our nonprofits aren’t allowed to hold sharply different points of view, to teach their members different outlooks on life, to disagree about the best ways of life, then our nation has ceased to be free, much less tolerant or diverse. ... Amazing, isn't it, that a gay rights group is attacking the Boy Scouts in a way that the Bull Connors of Alabama...
  • Scouts Sending up the White Flag

    06/09/2013 4:56:56 AM PDT · by lastmomstanding · 116 replies
    Lifesite news ^ | 6-8-13 | Anthony Esolen
    Do not suppose that your enemies will be placated by your surrender. You will be pressured to accept openly homosexual scoutmasters, then “transgender” girls who say they are boys or the Prince of Wales or male aliens from Alpha Centauri 3, then girls generally for all your programs, as they’ve done in Canada, only to see their membership go the way of the Church of Canada, since no one will stand up for someone who stands for nothing. 
 You have betrayed your friends to assuage your enemies. May they treat you more handsomely than you have treated us.
  • Boy Scouts’ decision on gays tests loyalty of members

    06/10/2013 3:30:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/9/2013 | Annie Z. Yu
    For Dennis Ebersole, the fallout from the Boy Scouts of America's decision to change a century of policy and allow openly gay Scouts to participate wasn't long in coming. "Within 12 hours of the announcement that the membership standards resolution had passed, I was contacted by five other members in my pack leadership committee, questioning whether they were going to continue Scouting," said Mr. Ebersole, a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 282 in South Riding, Va. The reaction was equally quick for Gary Hiden, an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 268 in New Market, Md., who has been involved with...
  • Boy Scouts "Gays'R'us" Links: All recent FR articles

    06/08/2013 12:52:44 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 26 replies
    FR archives | June 8, 2013 | various
    Bookmark this thread: here are most of the news articles recently posted on FreeRepublic regarding the Boy Scouts National Meeting in May that resulted in gay scouts being admitted to membership. They are listed from newest, June 4, 2013, to oldest, June 24, 2012. Although some articles posted were duplicates, their links are included if they carried more than a few comments. These are not all the Boy Scout articles posted on FR; just the ones concerning the issue of so-called homosexual children being admitted to Boy Scouts. A few vanities and blog posts were not included, nor articles with...
  • Association for Baptists for Scouting: President's Message

    06/07/2013 9:01:06 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 20 replies
    Having watched the news coverage and read numerous emails from concerned Baptists and Scouters, I contacted the Membership Impact Department at the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America, proposing an interpretation of the changes in the membership guidelines. Below is the text of what I offered as my interpretation. First, it is my understanding that the resolution clearly states that sexual activity among Scout-aged youth is contrary to Scouting virtues, and I take that to mean that so long as it is uniformly and equitably applied, a unit could have in its statement a list of behavioral expectations...
  • Gay Scouts USA

    06/04/2013 3:31:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 6/4/2013 | Michael Voris
    (click on the image above to go to the video)Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed. I’m Michael Voris. Have you heard all those loud lamentations from the Church of Nice over the collapse of the Boy Scouts in the face of the homosexual juggernaut? Yea .. didn’t think so. That’s because there aren’t any. Right on cue .. predictably .. the American Patriotic Church immediately deflected the central issue and went straight to a side issue that couldn’t be more irrelevant. According to media reports .. Edward P. Martin, chairman of...
  • Churches move to cut ties to Scouts after gay policy change

    06/04/2013 8:34:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2013 | Bob Smietana
    For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. The Boy Scouts do not. “We are not willing to compromise God’s word,” said Easley, pastor of the 2,300-member Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 204 since 1945. Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, said his church will shut down its troop at end of the year because of a recently adopted policy to allow openly gay scouts. He’s urging other Baptists to do the same. Roswell...
  • National Catholic support for Scouts on gays

    06/04/2013 8:30:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 06/03/2013
    The Boy Scouts of America’s newly adopted policy of accepting gay Scouts “is not in conflict with Catholic teaching” and parishes should continue to sponsor scouting, according to a letter from the U.S. Catholic church’s liaison to the Scouts. “We should be encouraged that the change in BSA’s youth membership standard is not in conflict with Catholic teaching” which is that gays “are to be treated with the same signity due all human beings created by God,” Edward Martin, chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, wrote in a letter. “Scouting is still the best youth-serving program available to...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    ...in 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...
  • 300 BOY SCOUT FAMILIES LOSE SPONSOR, KENTUCKY MEGA-CHURCH BACKS OUT OF BOY SCOUT PROGRAM

    05/28/2013 7:22:59 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 100 replies
    http://www.libertynews.com ^ | 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.