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California intent on punishing Boy Scouts

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California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts’ nonprofit status

Sac Bee: Even as the Boy Scouts of America moves to allow gay youths to join its troops, the California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the organization’s nonprofit status because it does not permit the participation of openly gay adults.

“They are out of line with the values of California and should be ineligible for a tax benefit paid for by all Californians,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said as he introduced his bill. “SB 323 brings our laws into line with our values.”

The measure calls for revoking the tax-exempt status of youth groups that discriminate against participants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification.

While the text of the bill does not specifically mention the Boy Scouts, analyses of the legislation and discussion among senators Wednesday made clear that it targets the organization.

We’ve given the Boy Scouts ample time to solve their discrimination problem. And they’ve chosen a path that still leads to discrimination,” Lara said of the organization’s recent vote to allow participation by gay youths.

“While it is a step in the right direction, continuing a ban on (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adults is based on absurd assumptions and stereotypes that perpetuate hate and homophobia. What does this mean, that up until 17 you’re fine to be in the Boy Scouts but on midnight of your 18th birthday you turn into a pedophile or a predator? What kind of warped message does this send?”

The bill passed the state Senate 27-9, receiving the bare minimum of votes required. It needed two-thirds support because it changes California’s tax code. Three senators did not vote: Democrat Rod Wright and Republicans Anthony Cannella and Bill Emmerson. The bill now advances to the Assembly.

Lara promotes himself as the first openly gay person of color to be elected to the California Senate. Last week, he was one of 10 gay government officials from across the country to receive an award from the White House for being “Champions of Change.”

These Commies in charge will never be satisfied. They are punishing an organization simply because the Boy Scouts don’t fully endorse their lifestyle. Next thing you know is the state will be going after churches, no doubt.

DCG

Who’s behind the Boy Scouts’ capitulation to homosexuals?

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The news came two days ago that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), with 2.7 million members, is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly homosexual members, according to a news release from the organization.

The Christian Post reports that a representative from BSA, who met with Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said that BSA is “wilting under pressure from some of their corporate sponsors.” In 2010, BSA sponsors included Bank of America, Intel, UPS, U.S. Bank, Verizon and Wells Fargo.

Mark M. Alexander, the executive editor and publisher of Patriot Post, is a Troop Scoutmaster. In a letter Alexander wrote to his son (see below) about the BSA’s policy change, he identifies two individuals on the BSA  national board who are most responsible:

Ernst & Young Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Turley speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in DavosJames Turley (l); Randall Stephenson (r)

Letter to an Eagle Scout

30 January 2013

(NOTE: This letter is a response from Mark Alexander to his son, a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, concerning the Boy Scouts of America national board proposal to allow homosexual Scout leaders. Alexander is both a Troop Scoutmaster and member of his area Boy Scout Executive Council.)

I received your note about news of an upcoming proposal before the Boy Scouts of America national board, which meets Wednesday, February 6th.

According to the news release regarding that proposal, “The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.” You are correct, the removal of this restriction will permit local BSA Councils to accept homosexual members and, moreover, to invite homosexuals to serve in leadership positions at all levels of the organization.

I understand your profound disappointment in this great organization, after all you accomplished to obtain your Eagle rank. I share that disappointment as your former Scoutmaster, and many years in other leadership positions with the BSA.

A decade ago, when you first joined my Cub Scout Pack, I wrote the BSA’s National Executive Board about concerns regarding advertisers in the Cub and Boy Scouting magazines. The great Scouting stories were wrapped in ads for junk food and video games.

I was struck by the fact that on the one hand, we, as leaders, were charged with encouraging our boys to develop healthy habits for life — and on the other hand, the national organization was serving them a monthly dose of junk food and video game advertising.

The BSA responded that without those advertisers, it would be difficult to fund their glossy publications. I rebutted that this was a “Faustian bargain,” that it conveyed the wrong message in every respect. I heard nothing more from the BSA.

Fast forward to the BSA news this week. In light of all the reports and litigation over the abusive predation on boys by homosexual adults in leadership positions with churches and other organizations, the notion that the BSA is considering lifting its ban on homosexuals holding such positions is mind numbing, stupefying — in fact, shocking.

Now, clearly all homosexuals are not molesters of teens and pre-teens, but where same-sex molestation occurs, homosexuals are almost always the perpetrators. So, why would the national BSA board consider a motion to remove its national restriction on homosexual leaders, and invite avowed homosexuals to fill “select leadership” roles?

Well, for much the same reason the BSA advertised junk food and video games in its national Scouting magazines. The national BSA board includes wealthy corporate executives, who are more interested in dictating BSA policy that comports with their corporate bottom line than with the mission of Scouting. They are completely out of touch with rank and file Scouts and leaders across the nation.

Indeed, much of the pressure to put homosexuals in leadership roles is coming from two national board members: James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, and Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, who is slated to become president of the BSA national board in 2014.

Despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the BSA’s ban on homosexuals in 2000, these BSA board members are endeavoring to force their social agenda on 3.6 million Scouts and adult leaders. They want Scouting to comply with their corporate policies, which have adopted the homosexual agenda under pressure, primarily from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the so-called “Human Rights” Campaign.

While homosexuals account for fewer than 3 percent of the population, they have some very loud advocacy organizations.

The BSA also excludes avowed atheists from leadership positions, but David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said, “If they are considering lifting the ban on gays, that’s a good thing. I would hope they remove the rest of the bigotry and admit atheists as well.”

Last summer, the BSA committee charged with conducting a two-year national study and survey on the restrictions against homosexuals, affirmed by “unanimous consensus,” upholding those restrictions. (Did they really need a two-year study to figure that out?) But now, a few corporate execs are attempting an end run around the local councils and all of us who are Scouting’s foot soldiers, and hope for a quick sweep of the board.

So what will be the consequences if the national board approves of this measure?

The national BSA restriction against homosexual members and leaders has provided a cover policy for the 290 BSA Councils across the nation, and the more than 115,000 religious and civic groups under which BSA Troops are chartered.

Abandoning this restriction will move the cultural battlefront to the front door of every council and troop across the nation — including their sponsors and chartering organizations. In short order, those of us who have devoted so many years to the BSA and other character-building organizations for young people, will be labeled “intolerant bigots” if we do not comport with the “gay agenda.” Fact is, there is nothing “gay” about being homosexual.

The BSA celebrated its centennial in 2010, but if this proposal is approved, Scouting, as we know it today, will be fractured in some areas of the nation, and will cease to exist.

Obviously, a few elitist corporate types on the BSA’s National Executive Board hail from some alternate universe. The mere suggestion of lifting the restrictions against homosexuals, particularly in leadership positions, is an insulting affront to the vast majority of Scouts, Scout leaders and parents, Scout Councils and chartering organizations.

The National Board should provide cover fire for their local affiliates, not spotlight them as targets for infiltration and annihilation. If the BSA Board is more devoted to its corporate sponsors than the organization’s mission, and fears it will collapse without those sponsors, then let it fall with honor rather than decline in disgrace.

Finally, in this era when few of our national leaders abide by their oaths of office, I know you will stand firm in the oath you took upon becoming a Scout, and repeated many times on the road to your Eagle rank: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

And what is the Scout Law? “A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.”

Hold your ground young man!

Note: Permission granted for this letter to be forwarded to others. If you have an opinion on this matter, please contact the BSA national office at 972-580-240, or leave them a message here (http://www.scouting.org/ContactUs.aspx)

H/t FOTM’s Stephanie O.

Update (Feb. 5, 2013):

BSA’s corporate sponsors are deserting the Scouts: Intel, UPS and Merck declared they have stopping funding the BSA. The homosexual-rights group Scouting for All lists some of the corporations that have refused to fund the BSA’s national organization: IBM, Levi Strauss and Company, J.P. Morgan, American Airlines, Medtronic, Portland General Gas and Electric, Hewlett Packard, Textron, Fleet Bank, CVS/Pharmacy Stores and Carrier Corp. (Source: WND)

To sign a petition asking BSA not to abandon its century-old policy of not allowing homosexuals, click here.

~Eowyn

Maybe You Would Like To Try, Mr Hamblin

The Atlantic: Kill Boy Scouts Like Rabid Dogs

by Warner Todd Huston 20 Aug 2012

Remember how the far left in America has said since the rise of the Tea Party that the right is awash in “violent rhetoric”? What about the proposition to kill the Boy Scouts like one would kill a rabid dog? That is what a columnist for The Atlantic has implied.

James Hamblin, the magazine’s health editor, proclaimed his desire to kill Boy Scouts based on his distaste for their recently re-affirmed policy of refusing to admit openly gay members. Hamblin feels justified in using violent, even hateful rhetoric to attack the Boy Scouts merely because he disagrees with them.

Boy Scouts is an organization that was and is so close to being great. Remember when they had to put Old Yeller down because he got rabies? It’s not like he was a bad dog, but he got a brain infection and he tried to eat Travis

Apparently the First Amendment only applies if you agree with gays?

It should be noted that Hamblin posted his desire to kill Boy Scouts the day after another gay activist tried to do just that, kill people with whom he disagrees. Hamblin posted his hate-mongering screed the day after a gay activist entered the Washington DC headquarters of the Family Research Council intent on mass murder.

Hamblin next went on a hyperbolic trip of accusations that the Scout’s policy will “cause.”

Perpetuating a culture where gay teenagers — who are already commonly battling notions of inferiority and self-hatred — can be openly and decidedly told they aren’t welcome among a preeminent organization that purports to represent and define a standard of behavioral ideals, is dangerous. It’s a decided step back in rejecting the culture of gay bullying. We will see more depression, and more suicide. We’ll see more discrimination of every sort, and more hatred.

But notice the absurdity in Hamblin’s statement. He says that the Scouts “define a standard of behavioral ideals.” But how can one have standards and ideals if one simply pushes them aside for every disgruntled group that comes knocking at your door claiming discrimination? The Boy Scouts aren’t breaking any laws and aren’t illegally discriminating and since the Scouts base their ideals on Christian principles, they have steadfast principles quite regardless of whether Hamblin likes them or not.

Another absurd premise promulgated by Hamblin is that forcing the Boy Scouts to allow gays into their organization is somehow a “public health” issue. The Boy Scouts report that as of 2011 they have 3,630,779 members. In a nation of 311,591,917, that is 1.1 percent of the U.S. Population. While three million is a lot of folks, it isn’t as if Boy Scouting strikes without warning. One must choose to join the organization. It is hardly an indiscriminate disease that strikes anyone any time. The Scouts decision not to allow gays is anything but a “public health issue” and it is absurd to claim it is.

In fact, Hambln’s nonsensical criteria for a “public health crisis” is so loose that one could substitute nearly anything for Boy Scouts in his premise and it would work just as well. Could we say that anyone that isn’t a Republican is causing a “public health crisis”? Using Hamblin’s meaningless rhetoric we could and we’d be just as correct as he is when lambasting the Scouts.

Of course, Hamblin and all the other gay activists that want to impose their will on the Boy Scouts never do answer to the most American question of all. If you hate the Boy Scouts so much, why not start your own organization, one that will allow gays? That would be a solution in keeping with the American entrepreneurial spirit, wouldn’t it?

Lastly, the choice of an accompanying photo for the piece is, well, childish is the best way to describe it. The photo is a still shot from an old movie that features “storied Eagle Scout” Paul Siple who in the film holds up little info booklets explaining the various merit badges he earned. The still shot that The Atlantic chose to feature? Siple holding the booklet that says “Seamanship.” Get it? Because gays and seamen go together? Hilarious stuff, Atlantic, hilarious stuff.

As a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout, I can honestly say that your first attempt to “kill me like a rabid dog” would be your last attempt, Mr Hamblin. If you get my drift.

I don’t take threats lightly, even if they came from pansy-ass liberals like yourself.

Tom in NC

Here’s Hamblin’s blurb on The Atlantic. He bears an uncanny resemblance to Aurora, CO mass murderer James E. Holmes! Hamblin also looks way too young to have a Doctorate in Medicine.

James Hamblin, MD, is an editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees Health coverage. More

~Eowyn