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  • 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...
  • APNewsBreak: Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays

    07/17/2012 9:01:17 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.</p> <p>An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts," the organization' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press.</p>
  • Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays

    07/17/2012 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2012 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) - After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics. An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts," the organization' national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press.
  • Scout collecting flags on the Fourth

    07/04/2012 3:17:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    One 14-year-old is using Independence Day to become both an Eagle Scout and to show respect toward the stars and stripes. Bryant Pyle will be collecting worn and tattered American flags to retire properly on Labor Day. The process will advance Pyle, who has been a Boy Scout for six years, from Life Scout to Eagle Scout. "My grandpa served in two foreign wars, Vietnam and Korea, he has a lot of respect for the flag," he said. "He would get mad seeing tattered flags being flown." Pyle learned appreciation for the flag through his grandfather, and Eagle scouting from...
  • Gay activists take swing at Chuck Norris for Boy Scouts diatribe

    06/29/2012 9:12:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Gay rights activists say actor Chuck Norris is a "fame-hungry has-been" with a double standard: Norris is accusing President Obama of trying to promote a gay agenda within the Boy Scouts of America, yet has not criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying gays would be welcomed within the scouting organization. Norris wrote an opinion piece this week blasting President Obama and portraying him as a puppet master working behind the scenes to create a "pro-gay Boy Scouts of America" and promote an increasingly pro-gay agenda. In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement calling...
  • AFTAH Appeals to Ernst & Young CEO to stop pushing Homosexuality on Boy Scouts

    06/28/2012 5:34:47 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 23 replies
    Americans for Truth ^ | June 27 2012 | Peter LeBarbara
    “Either resign from the Scouts’ Executive Board or stop undermining the BSA with your pro-homosexual advocacy” Ernst & Young CEO Jim Turley is seeking to apply his corporation’s pro-homosexual ethos to the Boy Scouts. TAKE ACTION: 1) Contact the Boy Scouts of America [972-580-2000; 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Central Time] and commend them for not giving in to pro-homosexual activists by retaining their “morally straight” policy against open homosexuality in the Scouts; and 2) Contact Jim Turley through Ernst & Young [Contact Page HERE; or, through their global site HERE], and urge him to stop his campaign to turn the Boy...
  • Chuck Norris blasts Obama over 'pro-gay Boy Scouts' stance

    06/27/2012 3:27:16 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Real-life action figure Chuck Norris is blasting President Obama for allegedly working behind the scenes to create a "pro-gay Boy Scouts of America." Norris -- an action star and well-known conservative and gun-rights activist -- made the charges in a piece posted Tuesday on Ammoland.com, a site dedicated to shooting-sports news. Norris suggests that Americans take a closer look at the recent headlines made when James Turley, a Boy Scouts of America national board member, announced that he will work from within the scouting organization to change its long-standing position barring gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders. Turley is also...
  • Boy Scout leader arrested for alleged sex assault at Butte Meadows camp

    06/25/2012 11:27:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    The Enterprise Record ^ | 6/22/2012 | Katy Sweeny
    Officers arrested a 20-year-old Boy Scout leader at his Shingletown home Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old at the Butte Meadows Scout camp over the last two years. Dustin Hedrick was booked into the Butte County Jail in Oroville on suspicion of six counts of forcible lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and one count of electronic communication with a 16-year-old with intent to commit sexual acts. His bail was set at $465,000. Butte County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Hedrick's home Thursday and arrested him. Investigators are still reviewing evidence that is mostly electronic,...
  • IS OBAMA CREATING A PRO-GAY BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA?

    06/25/2012 10:14:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    WND ^ | 06/25/2012 | Chuck Norris
    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? Is it a coincidence...
  • Boy Scouts Under Attack by Gay ‘Rights’ Activists

    06/16/2012 8:30:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 24 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 16, 2012 | JP
    Jennifer Tyrell, a 32-year-old Bridgeport, Ohio “mom,” was well aware of longstanding Boy Scouts policy forbidding homosexuals from serving as troop leaders. Nevertheless, the lesbian took a position last year as den leader of her 7-year-old son’s Cub Scout pack. In April, Tyrell was ousted from the post after being informed by the Boy Scouts of America that she “did not meet the high standards” of moral behavior it expects of both adults and boys associated with the 102-year-old organization. Now the gay-rights activist is waging an online campaign to pressure BSA’s Board of Directors to rewrite the organization’s rules...
  • Ore. court: Scouts 'perversion files' to be public

    06/14/2012 6:02:45 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 14, 2012 | NIGEL DUARA
    The Oregon Supreme Court's decision Thursday to approve the release of 20,000 confidential Boy Scouts of America documents will give the public its deepest look at people flagged by the organization as suspected child molesters and show how Scouts kept them out of leadership. The ruling also could make it easier for other secret Boy Scout files to be used in pending and future lawsuits from former scouts who claim they were molested by troop leaders.-SNIP-The Oregon files, gathered from 1965 to 1985, came to light when they were used as evidence in a lawsuit in 2010. A jury...
  • CEO on Scouts' governing board opposes ban on gays

    06/13/2012 12:02:06 PM PDT · by Robwin · 33 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2012 | David Crary
    A high-profile member of the Boy Scouts of America's governing board says he doesn't support the Scouts' policy of excluding gays and will work from within to seek a change. Ernst & Young CEO James Turley, whose accounting firm has welcomed gays and lesbians in its own work force, becomes the first member of the Scouts' Executive Board known to publicly disapprove of the policy.
  • Boy Scouts review controversial anti-gay policy

    06/07/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 75 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 7, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Boy Scouts of America is considering a resolution that calls for ending a 102-year-old policy they’ve grappled with in recent years: banning gay scouts and scout leaders, gay advocates told msnbc.com on Wednesday. Though the organization said it would review the proposal, a spokesman insisted there were no plans to change the policy. The new policy would throw out the national ban and allow local chartering organizations to decide whether or not they would accept gay youth and leaders, said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has advocated for the change, citing unidentified people who attended the group's national...