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  • ACLU threat causes Boy Scouts to drop public school ties; churches urged to fill void

    03/10/2005 9:23:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 74 replies · 1,828+ views
    BP News ^ | 03.09.05 | Jeff Robinson
    ACLU threat causes Boy Scouts to drop public school ties; churches urged to fill void NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Boy Scouts of America is removing the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools after an American Civil Liberties Union threat to sue taxpayer-funded institutions that charter BSA units. The ACLU sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America in February threatening legal action against public schools and other governmental agencies that charter Boy Scout groups on grounds that their sponsorship amounts to religious discrimination and violates the separation of church and state. Boy Scouts open their meetings by...
  • Former Richmond VA, Resident/Eagle Scout/K of C affiliate, Frank Parater on the Way to Sainthood

    02/13/2005 4:22:40 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies · 723+ views
    The Catholic Virginian ^ | 02.04.02 | Bishop Walter F. Sullivan
    Appeared in The Catholic Virginian February 4, 2002Frank ParaterMost people in our diocese never heard of Frank Parater. If you were around in the late Sixties, you might recall that the diocese sponsored a camp named for him in Caroline County called Camp Parater. On Oct. 25, 2001, I received a letter from Jose Cardinal Saraiva Martins, the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints authorizing me , with a “ nihil obstat” (“nothing stands in the way”) to initiate a process for the “Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Frank Parater, Seminarian.”...
  • FBI investigates allegations of false Boy Scout numbers

    12/31/2004 6:42:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 1,507+ views
    FBI investigates allegations of false Boy Scout numbers Thursday, December 30, 2004 The FBI is investigating the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America to see if membership numbers have been inflated, board members said Wednesday.Exaggerating membership numbers could lead to greater financial support, board members said.The council is said to serve 50,000 youngsters in 22 counties in central and northern Alabama. This includes 30,000 enrolled in traditional scout units and 20,000 elementary school students receiving in-class character education using resources provided by the Boy Scouts, said Randy Haines, vice chairman of the council, which is led...
  • Allegiance, with the Boy Scouts and with marriage

    12/26/2004 11:02:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 353+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 12/26/4 | Gerald Clark
    Allegiance, with the Boy Scouts and with marriage. The results of the Nov. 2 election tell us the majority of Americans want our laws to reflect the moral values which govern our lives. We live in a nation governed by law. A society governed by law. Our U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of our land, our society. Without law, a bloody riot could have taken place in Dallas that day when something so dear to the heart and soul of all true patriots was spit upon and burned. However, our emotions, no matter how strong and right they are,...
  • Scouts' sales tactic outside ACLU becomes pop smash

    After radio celebrity plugs Chesterfield troop's booth, popcorn orders top $28,000 A friendly jab at the American Civil Liberties Union has turned into a financial bonanza for a tiny nine-member Boy Scout troop from Chesterfield County. Troop 828, with an unexpected boost on Wednesday from nationally syndicated talk show host Glenn Beck, watched its struggling popcorn sales explode. Scouts at a downtown booth had to call for fresh supplies. A Web site was flooded with orders from buyers in 39 states. At last count, sales had topped $28,000. That set a record for the Boy Scouts' Heart of Virginia Council.
  • Proof of the Boy Scout's Policy [on Homosexuality] is Working, Catholic Church should Follow

    12/05/2004 5:18:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies · 2,160+ views
    Our Lady's Warriors ^ | Michelle Parker
    Proof of the Boy Scouts Policy [on Homosexuality] By Michelle ParkerAs a practicing Roman Catholic, I cannot write about the advance of the Homosexual Activist Agenda without a look at the current scandal overshadowing the Catholic Church. At first, the news media continually wrote about the “pedophile priest” problem. And then, almost overnight, it became the “sex abuse scandal”. But, when the title changed, no one in the media reported why the issue had become one of “sex” and not “pedophilia.” Why? Frankly, I believe the liberal press didn’t want to have to report that the Boy Scouts of America...
  • CFI Spokesman: United Way, Target Should Get Nothing from Christians This Christmas

    11/25/2004 5:34:53 AM PST · by truthandlife · 142 replies · 6,062+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 11/24/04 | Bill Fancher and Allie Martin
    A pro-family organization has issued an alert to those who may be considering giving to one of the nation's largest charities this holiday season. The group's spokesman is warding donors away from United Way, and he also wants shoppers to know a thing or two about Target stores. Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, says the United Way has been crossed off his gift list. That is because the well-known charity refuses to share its money with the Boy Scouts of America while it openly supports numerous pro-homosexual groups with its money. "I don't know why people...
  • Bill to Help Scouts Introduced [Frist/Republicans Counter-Attack Against ACLU] 2004

    11/23/2004 8:35:11 PM PST · by Southack · 65 replies · 2,968+ views
    Family News ^ | 11/23/2004 | Steve Jordahl
    November 23, 2004Bill to Help Scouts Introducedby Steve Jordahl, correspondentBoy Scouts get help in bill that would grant specific protections.With opposition to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on the rise—from groups like the American Civil Liberities Union (ACLU) and, most recently, from a court ruling requiring the Pentagon to cut the group off from meeting on military bases—the group is getting help from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Frist has introduced the "Save Our Scouts" bill which will offer the beleaguered organization some protection. The bill states that no federal law can be interpreted to limit federal agencies...
  • [New Jersey] Bear attack takes on greater menace; Teens pawed and bitten by prowling cub

    11/19/2004 9:52:01 AM PST · by d-back · 202 replies · 5,872+ views
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | November 19, 2004 | BRIAN T. MURRAY
    The encounter last weekend between three bears and two Boy Scouts at a camp in Warren County was more harrowing than originally reported, as the bears pawed at the teenagers for an hour, bit one of them and attempted to bite the other, according to a report by state wildlife investigators.The boys, who were later vaccinated for rabies, cowered on a rock as they fended off the two 60-pound cubs and the mother bear at the Yards Creek Scout Reservation in Blairstown on Saturday night, wildlife investigators said.One of the boys was bitten twice by a cub. The animal first...
  • The ACLU wins one against the Boy Scouts

    11/16/2004 5:06:33 AM PST · by Captal de Buch · 62 replies · 5,549+ views
    Indianapolis Star ^ | 11/16/2004 | MIKE ROBINSON AP
    The Democrats win one for a change. Seething about their openly gay constituents being denied access to the Boy Scouts the legal arm of the left wing, the ACLU, has continued to dog the youth organization. In an effort to force the Scouts to put homosexual predators into leadership positions the ACLU has sued Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Board of Education. It looks like they aren't going to stop until they can get their hands on those kinds. From the Indy Star. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEFENSE_BOY_SCOUTS?SITE=ININS&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Pentagon to cut off Boy Scouts from bases...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Cub Scout recommended for lifesaving honor

    07/08/2003 8:01:21 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 355+ views
    <p>MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who safely stopped his aunt's sport utility vehicle after she went into diabetic shock will be recommended for Scouting's top lifesaving award.</p> <p>Cub Scout Brandon DiMatties of Monroe will be nominated for the Honor Medal with Cross Palms by Ron Pierson, assistant executive of the Southern New Jersey Council of the Boys Scouts of America.</p>
  • Former Boy Scout Master Accused Of Sexual Abuse - works for Florida's child welfare agency!

    09/15/2003 12:27:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies · 482+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Sep 14, 2003
    GAINESVILLE - A former Scout master with the Boy Scouts of America who also works for the state's child welfare agency was arrested on charges of raping a boy in his troop. Hugh Eric Self, 35, was charged with sexually abusing the child, now 12, several times between November 2002 and July, Alachua County Sheriff's Sgt. Keith Faulk said. Self was held in the Alachua County jail with no bail set Saturday. He was arrested Friday. According to the arrest report, Self met the boy, then 8, through Scouting events and the boy was later in his Scout troop. The...
  • Student wants Scouts off campus - Gay Vinelander contends college can't....

    09/07/2003 5:19:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 959+ views
    <p>VINELAND -- When Kyle Brandon arrived for classes at Cumberland County College one night last spring, he didn't expect to come face to face with dozens of members of the Boy Scouts of America.</p> <p>But that's what happened when Brandon, a 36-year-old openly gay Vineland resident, walked into the college's Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center. The stress of witnessing the start of a Boy Scouts award ceremony for the college's president, Kenneth Ender, was so intense that he broke out in cold sweat, Brandon said.</p>
  • GAY ACTIVISTS DEFEND ANTI-GAY SUPREME COURT CASE & The Joys of Being Private: Ex-Gays Keep Out

    09/01/2003 9:41:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 491+ views
    PFOX ^ | 09.0.03 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    GAY ACTIVISTS DEFEND ANTI-GAY SUPREME COURT CASE: [From] Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DCPO Box 75265Washington, DC 20013202-667-5139www.glaa.orgequal@glaa.org August 12, 2003 [To] Kenneth SaundersActing DirectorOffice of Human Rights441 4th Street, NWWashington, DC 20001 Dear: Mr. Saunders: We have learned through news reports that Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) has filed a complaint with the Office of Human Rights alleging discrimination by the National Education Association (NEA). According to the reports PFOX has been denied the opportunity to set up booths at NEA's last two annual conventions. Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC (GLAA)...
  • Philadelphia Council Flouts Scouts' Antigay Stance

    05/29/2003 6:26:27 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 67 replies · 343+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 29,2003 | By Linda K. Harris and Miriam Hill
    Phila. council flouts Scouts' antigay stanceA new policy on sexuality is likely to bring discussion as the national convention starts here.By Linda K. Harris and Miriam HillInquirer Staff Writers Defying the national Boy Scouts policy of refusing membership to gays, the board of the Scouts' largest Philadelphia-area council has unanimously voted not to discriminate against homosexuals.The decision puts the local council at odds with the national organization, which holds that homosexuality is inconsistent with the traditional moral values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law.But the Cradle of Liberty Council, the nation's third largest - serving 87,000 youths in Philadelphia,...
  • Cub Scout crawls grave to grave, honoring the dead

    05/26/2003 9:56:42 AM PDT · by dewee · 53 replies · 670+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 05/25/03 | By HOLLY EDWARDS
    <p>Pivoting his body with his right arm and holding a neon-green ruler in his left hand, James Milam, 10, crawled from grave to grave at Nashville National Cemetery yesterday morning, carefully placing an American flag exactly one foot from each gravestone.</p> <p>The energetic fourth-grader took the task seriously.</p>
  • Cub Scout crawls grave to grave, honoring the dead

    05/26/2003 6:57:42 AM PDT · by nuzman · 11 replies · 203+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | Sunday, 05/25/03 | HOLLY EDWARDS
    Sunday, 05/25/03 Cub Scout crawls grave to grave, honoring the dead By HOLLY EDWARDSStaff Writer10-year-old ditches wheelchair to plant flags in front of headstonesPivoting his body with his right arm and holding a neon-green ruler in his left hand, James Milam, 10, crawled from grave to grave at Nashville National Cemetery yesterday morning, carefully placing an American flag exactly one foot from each gravestone.The energetic fourth-grader took the task seriously.''I don't think that's straight at all,'' he said, holding the ruler to a flag and making a minor adjustment. ''There, that's better.''With that pronouncement, James swung back into his...
  • New scout group covered by old ruling

    04/22/2003 9:38:09 AM PDT · by RonF · 3 replies · 178+ views
    A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America said the new Venturing Crew 911, a youth program sponsored by the Centre County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, is subject to the same exclusionary practices as the Boy Scouts. The Venturing Crew 911 is for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 years old who have an interest in search and rescue and law enforcement. ... However, Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau said his office does not "discriminate against anybody or anything." Nau said he supported the Crew, but said it is technically associated with Centre Search...
  • New Scout leaders face background checks

    03/30/2003 2:09:52 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 14 replies · 1,005+ views
    New Scout leaders face background checks 03/29/2003 Associated Press TWIN FALLS - In the past, Scoutmasters were often the only adults supervising Boy Scout troops on outings. Times have changed. Boy Scout policy calls for a minimum of two adults to be present for all activities. Starting Tuesday, the Boy Scout organization will start conducting criminal background checks on all new applicants for volunteer leadership, carried out by an Atlanta-based company. Steve Nelson with the Snake River Council of Scouts in south-central Idaho says everything is being done to protect the young.
  • Berkeley marina case tests Scouts' anti-gay stance

    03/27/2003 2:29:48 PM PST · by laureldrive · 80 replies · 209+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 27, 2003 | Claire Cooper
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will step into a case that's being viewed as the next major legal test of the Boy Scouts' stand against homosexuality. By a bare majority, the justices said they'll review lower court decisions that let Berkeley rescind half-century-old free-berthing privileges at the city marina to the local Sea Scouts chapter. The city acted in 1997, after the chapter refused to renounce the anti-gay position of its parent Boy Scouts.</p>
  • State Supreme Court to review Berkeley's decision against scouts

    03/26/2003 4:35:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies · 209+ views
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to review Berkeley's decision to discontinue free berthing at the city's marina for a group affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.</p> <p>The justices agreed in their private conference to hear the Sea Scouts' challenge. The scouts are fighting a 1998 city decision that halted free berthing for the nonprofit group because of the scouts' membership and leadership policies against gays.</p>
  • Complaint brings end to Scout troop for juvenile offenders at Vernon Hills center

    03/08/2003 9:38:19 AM PST · by RonF · 52 replies · 334+ views
    What began three years ago as part of a highly-publicized program to help troubled boys has been quietly dropped by the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. The charter of Boy Scout Troop 19, based at the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex in Vernon Hills, was allowed to expire March 1 in response to concerns by the American Civil Liberties Union. "We decided it probably would be best served not to continue," said Bob Zastany, executive director of the court's administrative office. "We thought we were doing some good things out there." The ACLU and others, most notably Buffalo Grove resident and well-known...
  • Blacklisting the Boy Scouts

    03/07/2003 9:10:09 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 32 replies · 754+ views
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | March 2003 | Mark Pulliam
    Blacklisting the Boy Scouts By: Mark Pulliam The Boy Scouts of America are under attack—again—this time from an unlikely source: the organized bar. Notwithstanding the 2000 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America vs. Dale, affirming the constitutional right of the Boy Scouts to exclude avowed homosexuals as adult leaders, the battle is not over. Groups opposed to the traditional values espoused by the Boy Scouts continue their campaign of intimidation and pressure. In California, several local bar associations are seeking to ostracize the Boy Scouts by prohibiting state court judges from participating in the organization...
  • Scouts unbowed by Berkeley bullies

    02/28/2003 2:36:31 PM PST · by laureldrive · 242 replies · 739+ views
    Orange County Times ^ | Feb. 28, 2003 | Harold Johnson
    <p>We think of the frontiers of freedom as being patrolled by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. But these days, the Boy Scouts of America and affiliated groups also stand guard. In courtrooms across the country, they're resisting a domestic strain of tyranny - the totalitarian impulse to police thought and enforce a government-sanctioned orthodoxy on social and cultural issues.The Scouts are loathed by many self-styled progressives for transmitting a code of commitment, stressing God and country, that was supposed to be marginalized by now. But they're not giving in to bureaucratic bullies who try to force them to shed "outmoded" beliefs on matters of sex and social values. Lovers of liberty - even those who might disagree with Scouting's principles - should toast their tenacity for the First Amendment and the right not to be PC.This controversy was supposed to have been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court three years ago. In Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, a five-justice majority said that as a private, belief-based organization, the Scouts are free to craft their own membership rules; in particular, government can't order them to admit homosexuals as leaders. It follows that they're also within their rights to require that members profess a belief in God.But an alarming number of local and state officials refused to listen. In 2001, for instance, District of Columbia officials ordered the local Scouts to readmit two gays as adult leaders and pay $100,000 in damages. This decree was overturned by an appeals court, which noted that D.C. should take another look at Dale.Most of the current government assaults on the Scouts take the form of indirect coercion. There's shunning, as in San Francisco, where local judges are now barred from participating in Scouting. There's stigmatizing, as Connecticut and Portland, Ore., have attempted by excluding the Scouts from the charities that public employees may support through payroll deduction.There's also selective denial of public benefits. Berkeley leads the way by singling out the Sea Scouts for a fee to use the city's marina. After being permitted free use for 50 years, the Sea Scouts in 1998 were suddenly hit with a charge of more than $500 per month. No other nonprofit is required to pay to berth at the marina. The fee is imposed explicitly because of the Sea Scouts' affiliation with the Boy Scouts.High school teacher Eugene Evans, skipper of the Berkeley Sea Scouts' ship, pays the fee out of his pocket, so he can no longer cover membership costs for teenagers from poorer neighborhoods. Some have had to drop out.Unfortunately, a California court of appeal upheld Berkeley's punitive policy in November. The Sea Scouts have now asked the state Supreme Court to take the case. They cite the constitutional rule against "viewpoint discrimination" in the public sector. In other words, if Berkeley decides to offer free berthing to nonprofits - which it has done - it can't pick and choose recipients based on their beliefs or the beliefs of those they're associated with.Several recent "graduates" of the Berkeley Sea Scouts are now Marines stationed in the Persian Gulf. One of these young leathernecks is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Berkeley's anti-Scout policy. All are following in a long tradition of Sea Scouts stepping forward in the nation's hours of need. More than 100,000 Sea Scouts volunteered after Pearl Harbor. Admiral Chester Nimitz reportedly said that the Sea Scouts were crucial to the Navy's ability to regroup after that disaster. But if Berkeley officials feel any remorse at targeting such a worthy group, they haven't revealed it.Today, the Boy Scouts' and Sea Scouts' fight is for the survival of a free and robust private sector, a sphere where all may choose their beliefs and affiliations without preclearance, editing or censorship by the state, and without fear of official discrimination or reprisal. For defending this basic principle of a free society, the Scouts deserve a hearty salute.</p>
  • Scouts' anti-abuse effort merits praise

    02/25/2003 3:02:29 PM PST · by Dubya · 10 replies · 209+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Feb. 25, 2003 | Dave Lieber
    "Let me show you something," a co-worker said to me the other day. She is the mother of a 7-year-old who is a newly enrolled Cub Scout. She handed me her son's Wolf Cub Scout Book and told me to look at the first two dozen pages. What I saw astounded me. I remember being a Cub Scout almost 40 years ago. I learned how to wear and care for my blue-and-gold uniform. I learned the Cub Scout salute, the Cub Scout handshake and the Cub Scout motto: "Do your best." All of that was in the book. But that's...
  • BSA vs ACLU - Continuing Battle

    02/23/2003 11:04:52 AM PST · by steplock · 5 replies · 240+ views
    BSA vs ACLU - Continuing BattleDate Sunday, February 23 @ 10:58:55 Topic BSA ACLU Unveils A Troubling New Tactic: California Court Decision Would Set A Bad Precedent Robert B. Carleson A California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a new and particularly troubling attack on Scout funding. They have filed suit against the Ontario, California, Old Baldy Scout Council, alleging that the Council fraudulently accepted a federal grant to fund outreach efforts to disadvantaged boys. In their suit the ACLU alleges that the Council’s position on excluding homosexuals and atheists as leaders (which is identical...
  • Sea Scouts petition case of discrimination by Berkeley to the California Supreme Court

    02/22/2003 3:19:55 PM PST · by laureldrive · 14 replies · 355+ views
    California Patriot ^ | Feb., 03 | adam cohen
    Story by Adam Cohen 12:03 AM, 2/5/2003 A legal brawl between the Sea Scouts and the Berkeley City Council may soon head to the California Supreme Court this year, taking the five-year fray to the state’s highest judicial authority. For six decades, the Berkeley Sea Scouts, a subsidiary group of Boy Scouts of America that trains children in seamanship, were allowed to dock their boats in the city’s marina free of charge. That changed in 1998, when the Berkeley City Council voted to withhold docking fee waivers from the organization because of the Boy Scouts policy forbidding open homosexuals from...
  • From Marine Colonel to Eagle Scout, Medal of Honor winner, 83, to receive rank from Boy Scouts

    02/19/2003 12:03:19 PM PST · by Willie Green · 33 replies · 721+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, February 19, 2003 | A. J. Caliendo
    <p>On March 24, former West Mifflin resident and McKeesport High School graduate Mitchell Paige will join 208 other worthy recipients in a ceremony in Florida to receive the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.</p> <p>While that in itself is a distinguished honor, the fact that Paige is an 83-year-old war hero and Medal of Honor recipient makes it a one-of-a-kind event.</p>
  • 104-year-old was oldest U.S. Boy Scout

    02/18/2003 5:54:40 AM PST · by Lorenb420 · 1 replies · 186+ views
    National Post ^ | 2003-02-18 | The New York Times
    George E. Freestone, who joined the Boy Scouts when the organization was just starting in the United States and who was still active 92 years later, has died in Mesa, Ariz. He was 104. Mr. Freestone was the United States' oldest known living Scout, said Brandi Mantz, a spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America at its U.S. headquarters in Irving, Tex. Mr. Freestone remembered persuading his mother to part with $4 for his first uniform -- a Canadian Mountie-style hat, a shirt, breeches and leggings -- when he joined a Scout troop in Los Angeles in 1910, at the...
  • To Fear or Not to Fear at the Jamboree (Boy Scouts)

    02/09/2003 3:59:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 09 February 2003 | Aliza Karp
    With nearly 30,000 scouts attending the World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, in the Chonburi Province of Thailand, it would make sense that a tiny contingent of less than 300 scouts, who cancelled at the last minute, would not be missed. Not so. The Israeli contingent was missed. Every four years, in a different host country, scout organizations for youth, from approximately 100 countries around the world, get together at tremendously large campsites for twelve days, to participate in programs of non-competitive sports, survival adventures, science expos and religious encounters. The scouts see this event as a chance for youth, ages...
  • Happy Birthday, Boy Scouts of America (Vanity)

    02/09/2003 2:41:11 PM PST · by RonF · 10 replies · 298+ views
    BSA ^ | 2/8/1910 | Boy Scouts of Ameria
    On a deadly foggy day in London in late 1909, Chicago businessman William D. Boyce was hopelessly lost while searching the streets for the location of a business appointment. Then, at his elbow, a young man appeared, wearing a uniform. "Can I help you, sir?" When Mr. Boyce explained his problem, the young man guided Mr. Boyce to the address he was looking for. Mr. Boyce reached into his pocket and offered the young man a tip for his service. Much to his surprise, however, the young man refused. "I am a Scout, sir. I'm not allowed to take money...
  • ACLU sues Boy Scouts over funding

    01/30/2003 2:07:37 PM PST · by RonF · 31 replies · 209+ views
    Daily Bulletin, Ontario Calif. ^ | 1/30/03 | Jannise Johnson
    Complaint alleges federal grant was accepted fraudulently.RIVERSIDE — A recently unsealed federal complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union accuses a local Boy Scout Council of fraudulently accepting federal funds because it signed an agreement stating it would comply with federal and state anti-discrimination laws in order to get a grant. Glenn Goodwin, a Claremont resident and ACLU member, filed the suit in a Riverside Federal Court in July of last year. The suit seeks damages in accordance with the Federal False Claims Act on the grounds that Boy Scouts of America knowingly signed an agreement stating it would...
  • Boy Scouts still under legal fire --- even after winning in High Court

    01/15/2003 5:20:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 118+ views
    ewish World Review ^ | Jan. 15, 2003 | Nat Hentoff
    In California, bar associations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Clara have urged that state's Supreme Court to prohibit California's 1,600 judges from being members of the Boy Scouts of America because that organization discriminates against gays. California's high court is seriously considering this proposal. ======================================================= In California, bar associations in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Clara have urged that state's Supreme Court to prohibit California's 1,600 judges from being members of the Boy Scouts of America because that organization discriminates against gays. California's high court is seriously considering this proposal. California judges are already forbidden to join...
  • Sexual Shenanigans spice up camp life--It's nothing unusual, say Teenage Visitors

    01/13/2003 7:56:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies · 392+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 01.13.03 | Anucha Charoenpo
    20TH WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE Sexual shenanigans spice up camp life It's nothing unusual, say teenage visitors Anucha Charoenpo Young love birds share an intimate moment yesterday during a party for participants in the World Scout Jamboree at Haad Yao beach in Sattahip. _ JETJARAS NA RANONG Scouts from Western countries say having sex and forming relationships is common practice among participants at the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip. They say they are well aware of the risk of sexually transmitted disease and take the necessary precautions. Rob Rolfe, 17, from Britain, said he believed some couples were having sex...
  • Boy Scout World Jamboree or Orgy?

    01/13/2003 1:43:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 1,145+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 01.13.03 | Anucha Charoenpo
    20TH WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE Sexual shenanigans spice up camp life It's nothing unusual, say teenage visitors Anucha Charoenpo Young love birds share an intimate moment yesterday during a party for participants in the World Scout Jamboree at Haad Yao beach in Sattahip. _ JETJARAS NA RANONG Scouts from Western countries say having sex and forming relationships is common practice among participants at the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip. They say they are well aware of the risk of sexually transmitted disease and take the necessary precautions. Rob Rolfe, 17, from Britain, said he believed some couples were having sex...
  • Panel Looking Into Boy Scout Roster Inflation

    01/05/2003 8:12:15 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 207+ views
    Panel Looking Into Boy Scout Roster Inflation Scouting Officials Deny Wrong-Doing UPDATED: 2:19 p.m. CST January 5, 2003 DALLAS -- Almost three years after federal agents raided the offices of the Boy Scouts of America's large Dallas franchise, a federal grand jury is examining evidence and hearing testimony from government witnesses. The raid came after whistle-blower information that to boost charitable donations some of the organization's salaried recruiters -- with their boss' knowledge -- fraudulently inflated membership rosters for a minority scout program. Scouting officials have repeatedly denied criminal wrongdoing. They have said faulty membership accounting procedures led to...
  • United Way chapter cuts off Scouts

    01/04/2003 1:26:40 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 19 replies · 209+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, January 4, 2003 | By Jon Dougherty
    The United Way chapter of Ventura County, Calif., has decided to stop funding local Boy Scout troops after more than a half-century of support because of the national organization's policy prohibiting homosexual scout leaders. "We were getting allocations from United Way of about $50,000 a year," Dave Graska of the Ventura County Boy Scouts told CBS News late last month. The charity had funded the Scouts for 57 years before it adopted a policy stating it would only fund "agencies that provide services ... without discriminating on the basis of ... sexual orientation." Dave Smith, president of the local United...
  • Atheist expects Boy Scouts to change, but not soon

    01/03/2003 8:35:59 AM PST · by RonF · 412 replies · 273+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 12/30/02 | JOHN IWASAKI
    Darrell Lambert is prepared for a long struggle with the Boy Scouts of America, one decided by public opinion and not by lawsuits. The 19-year-old Eagle Scout, the subject of national attention after being booted out of the organization last month for being an atheist, doesn't think his recent appeal will reverse his situation. Not soon, anyway. Darrell Lambert of Olalla, who was kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being an atheist, has appealed the decision. But he says he won't go to court. "I'd like them to realize it is the moral thing to do." "I think eventually...
  • Ousted Boy Scout asks for review

    12/28/2002 1:08:16 AM PST · by sarcasm · 16 replies · 95+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 28, 2002 | Matthew Craft
    Darrell Lambert, the 19-year-old who was tossed out of the Boy Scouts last month for being an atheist, has asked the organization to reconsider. Lambert wrote a five-page appeal and sent it to the Boy Scouts of America's Western Region office in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday. In the 10 years he has been in the group, he earned 37 merit badges, attained the highest rank of Eagle Scout and was named assistant scoutmaster, a leadership position in his Port Orchard troop. His mother is the scoutmaster, and most of Troop 1531 supports him. If he didn't fight back, Lambert believes...
  • Boy Scouts Vs. United Way In California

    12/26/2002 4:01:14 PM PST · by RCW2001 · 40 replies · 318+ views
    CAMARILLO, Calif., Dec. 26, 2002  (CBS/AP) After the June 2000 Supreme Court decision which affirmed the Boy Scouts' right to ban gays, about 50 local United Way chapters pulled their financial support - but that's only about five percent of chapters nationwide. (CBS) A Boy Scout is always supposed to be prepared, but the Ventura County, California, scouts were blindsided when, after 57 years, the local United Way stopped funding them, reports CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes. "We were getting allocations from United Way of about $50,000 a year," said Dave Graska of the Ventura County Boy Scouts. The United Way...
  • California to review whether judges can be Boy Scouts (because of gays issue)

    12/21/2002 9:36:20 AM PST · by geedee · 8 replies · 143+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/21/2002 | CNN.com
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The California Supreme Court is considering prohibiting state judges from being members of the Boy Scouts because of its refusal to admit gays, the chief justice said.</p> <p>The move, announced Thursday, comes months after San Francisco's judges and others cut ties with the organization for the same reason. The San Francisco Bar association and other groups recently asked the high court to revamp the rules.</p>
  • California Supreme Court to review whether judges can be Boy Scouts

    12/21/2002 4:25:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies · 200+ views
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The California Supreme Court is considering prohibiting state judges from being members of the Boy Scouts because of its refusal to admit gays, the chief justice said.</p> <p>The move, announced Thursday, comes months after San Francisco's judges and others cut ties with the organization for the same reason. The San Francisco Bar association and other groups recently asked the high court to revamp the rules.</p>
  • God, Guns and Gays. The California Supremes and state lawyers target Boy Scouts again.

    12/20/2002 2:37:56 PM PST · by comwatch · 35 replies · 359+ views
    Sacramento Bee with commentary from Patriot Defenders Network ^ | Friday, December 20, 2002 | Dave Jenest
    Remove God from the Pledge, Abolish the Second Amendment and now, ban judges from Scouting?Is it time to Impeach the Supremes? On my Honor I will do my best To do my duty To God and my country...America... stand up for them! Commenting on Sacramento's Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America not applying for United Way funding,  council executive Doug McDonald says, "I don't think Scouting has seen its demise or will anytime soon," but he added that acquiring funds is more difficult. One California based organization is not so confident and urges patriotic Americans to draw...
  • Church grapples with Scout 'gay ban'

    12/19/2002 3:06:19 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 19 replies · 84+ views
    Church grapples with Scout 'gay ban' By Barbara Forster / Correspondent Wednesday, December 18, 2002 Whether First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will hold events for the Boy Scouts of America is a question without an answer. Although more than two dozen people turned out on Thursday, Dec. 12 to discuss the issue, conclusions are nowhere in sight. In fact, closure was not the goal of the meeting. "Many wish the issue would go away but we want to keep the issue alive in the church and in the larger community," said John Gibbons, reverend of First Parish. "We should...
  • Attempt to ban Boy Scout recruiting in schools rejected

    12/12/2002 1:38:43 PM PST · by RonF · 107 replies · 279+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/12/2002 | Associated Press
    <p>SALEM, Oregon (AP) -- A state appeals court on Wednesday rejected an atheist mother's effort to prevent the Boy Scouts from recruiting in schools because the organization requires a belief in God.</p> <p>The three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals, upholding a lower-court ruling, said allowing the Boy Scouts of America to make brief in-school presentations with no religious content doesn't violate the state constitution's ban on government involvement with religion.</p>
  • Californians protest pro-gay United Way decision, more than $30,000 raised for scouts

    12/05/2002 4:07:59 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 61+ views
    Californians protest pro-gay United Way decision A Ventura, Calif., fund-raising drive protesting United Way's decision to stop giving money to the Boy Scouts because of their policy barring gay members has raised more than $30,000 in three weeks. The independent campaign was launched by community leaders and business executives who felt United Way had overstepped its bounds. Organizers of the drive said they will match every dollar that is raised. The money generated has already surpassed what the Boy Scouts' Ventura County Council stands to lose when the county's United Way chapter cuts off its funding next summer. The...
  • BOY SCOUT LEADER CHARGED WITH FONDLING TROOP MEMBERS,SHOWINGN PORNOGRAPHIC PHOTOS

    12/02/2002 4:20:45 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 96 replies · 806+ views
    AP Breaking News ^ | 2 December 2002
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader faces charges that he fondled at least three members of his troop and showed them gay pornographic photos, police said. Robert King, 50, was held in Brevard County Jail on $75,000 bail Sunday after police charged him with lewd and lascivious molestation and exposure of sexual organs. King, who is married, confessed that exposed himself and showed the troop members pornography, Titusville police spokesman John Lau said. Lau said King invited at least five boys to his home on Friday under the guise of preparing to build a Christmas float. The boys...
  • Boy Scouts to Require Background Checks

    11/27/2002 11:10:23 AM PST · by kattracks · 35 replies · 230+ views
    AP | 11/27/02 | IRA DREYFUSS
    WASHINGTON, Nov 27, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- The Boy Scouts of America will require criminal background checks of new adult volunteers beginning next year, it announced Wednesday. "New volunteers to the Boy Scouts will have to submit for criminal background checks as of this spring," spokesman Gregg Shields said. The checks will be based on new application forms in which the applicant gives permission for the checks to be done, he said. The forms must be filled out by adult volunteers for scouting's varied arms, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorer. Those who do not get...
  • Berkeley can boot Scouts, court says

    11/26/2002 9:28:29 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 78 replies · 608+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov. 26, 02 | Claire Cooper
    <p>The city is allowed to rescind the free berth at the marina because of the group's ban on gays.</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sea Scouts are no longer entitled to a free berth at Berkeley's marina, an appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that lets the city enforce its policy of nondiscrimination toward homosexuals against an affiliate of the adamantly anti-gay Boy Scouts.</p>