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Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy

Another traditional instituion ruined by the Left and by its own evil-doers.

Ben Feuerherd reports for the New York Post that on Feb. 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware so as to keep operating while thousands of claims of sexual abuse by former members are litigated.

In filing for bankruptcy, all civil suits against the BSA will be suspended, and the organization will avoid lengthy and damaging jury trials in a number of states. However, BSA will likely have to pay victims.

Roger Mosby, the Boy Scouts’ president and chief executive officer, said in a statement:

The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children. hile we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the Chapter 11 process — with the proposed Trust structure — will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the BSA’s important mission.

The Boy Scouts have struggled with declining membership and rising costs. According to BSA’s 2018 tax filing, it had $1.4 billion in assets. The bankruptcy filing document, Official Form 201, says BSA has an estimated 1,000 to 5,000 creditors, and liabilities estimated to be $½ billion to $1 billion.

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Boy Scouts of America is bankrupt

Another longtime American institution lost to pedophiles and the Left’s political correctness.

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest Scouting organizations and youth organizations in the United States. Boys are trained in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. More than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time.

In recent years, BSA has been mired in controversy over the admission of LGBTs as scouts or adult leaders. On January 1, 2014, after major businesses like Intel, UPS and Merch severed their financial ties with the BSA over its decision to retain its policy prohibiting LGBT scouts and adults, BSA changed its policy. Henceforth, LGBTs are allowed, but any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is not allowed. That, in turn, alienated some churches and conservative members who left the BSA for a new Christian scouting group, Trail Life USA.

Max Jaeger reports for the New York Post that sources told The Wall Street Journal that the Boy Scouts of America has hired Chicago law firm Sidley Austin for help in a potential Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

On December 12, 2018, BSA sent a letter to its employees that it plans to “explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted.”

BSA is overcome by an avalanche of problems, including:

  1. A precipitous drop in membership of as many as two-thirds of its members — some 4 million boys — since the 1970s. In the last two years alone, the Mormon Church — BSA’s first partner — where scout membership had long been considered a rite of passage, pulled 610,000 scouts.
  2. Dozens of sex abuse lawsuits, stemming from hundreds of claims of abuse in the ‘70s and ‘80s, including one filed by four former scouts who claim they were molested by scoutmaster Waldron Ackerman between 1974 and 1976. The plaintiffs claim that BSA was aware that scouting had become a “pedophile magnet” but didn’t take appropriate action to prevent abuse from occurring. Last year alone, BSA paid $7.6 million to an outside law firm to help fight its legal battles.
  3. A lawsuit by the Girl Scouts this November for trademark infringement and dilution after the Boy Scouts of America dropped “Boy” from its name to rebrand as just “Scouts” in its quest expand recruitment to girls and “transgenders”.

~Eowyn

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Boy Scouts of America goes homo despite evidence of homosexuals being more prone to pedophilia

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:11:20 +0000

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On July 27, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Executive Board voted 45-12 to lift the organization’s ban on openly-homosexual adult leaders and employees. 

Boy Scouts of America goes homo

Two months before, BSA President (and former defense secretary in the Obama and Bush administrations) Robert Gates already had sent a signal. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s 2000 ruling in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that BSA, and all similar private voluntary organizations, have the constitutionally protected right under the First Amendment of freedom of association to set membership standards, Gates nevertheless declared that it was time to end the ban on “gay” leaders because it “cannot be sustained” any longer.

BSA’s lifting of its ban means that homosexual men who are sexually attracted to young boys are now welcome in a national organization of over 2.6 million Scouts, whose activities include campouts where the leaders are in intimate proximity to the boys.

Even before the ban was lifted, there have been countless cases of sexual abuse of Scouts.

According to Stephen Baldwin, in 1993, BSA was ordered to turn over 25,000 pages of documents to the plaintiff — a California family who sued BSA for exposing their son to a Scout leader who had molested him. The documents revealed that thousands of boys had been molested by Scout leaders and other volunteers between 1971 and 1991 resulting in the expulsion of over 1,800 Scout volunteers for pedophilia. Some Scout leaders molested over 40 boys before getting caught. Many, once caught, simply moved to a different Scout troop and continued abusing boys.

Note: Stephen Baldwin is a long time author, researcher, and speaker on homosexual issues, and the executive director of the Council for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Elected to the California State Assembly in 1994, Baldwin chaired the Assembly Education Committee where he fought the homosexual community’s efforts to insert pro-gay curriculum into California’s public schools.

Baldwin’s assertion is corroborated by Minneapolis Post, which reported that on October 19, 2012, forced by another court order, BSA released over 20,000 pages of documentation on 1,200 reported child sexual abuse cases within the organization in 20 years, from 1965 to 1985.

The latest BSA sex abuse lawsuit was filed by a man, John Doe 153, who accuses BSA for failing to protect him decades ago against a former St. Paul adult scout leader, Leland “Lee” Opalinski. The lawsuit claims that Opalinski repeatedly had “sexual contact … [and] penetration” with JD153 when he was 12 to 16 years old. Opalinski has been named in three other civil suits against BSA.

Baldwin, in his report “Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement” published in v. 14 of the Regent University Law Review, provides extensive and compelling evidence of homosexual men’s propensity to pedophilia:

1. Research on the homosexual “lifestyle” confirms it is almost exclusively a youth oriented culture. Very few gays exhibit a preference for older men. Some admit to a focus on teenage boys, some on prepubescent boys, and many cross over between categories.

2. Scientific studies found that homosexuals molest children, especially male children, at a rate vastly higher than heterosexuals:

  • Homosexuals account for between 25% and 40% of all child molestation, according to psychologist Paul Cameron, founder of Family Research Institute, in a 1985 Psychological Reports article, after reviewing more than 19 different academic reports and peer-reviewed studies.
  • Homosexuals account for 86% of all male child molestation, according to Erickson, Walbek, Sely, in a 1988 Archives of Sexual Behavior article.
  • Since homosexuals account for only 2% of the population, this means that a child molester is 10 to 20 times more likely to be homosexual than heterosexual. This is confirmed by an article by 7 sex researchers in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2000, which concluded that “around 25-40% of men attracted to children prefer boys. Thus the rate of homosexual attraction is 6-20 times higher among pedophiles.” In a 1992 study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, sex researchers K. Freud and R. I. Watson found that homosexual males are three times more likely than straight men to engage in pedophilia and that the average pedophile victimizes between 20 and 150 boys before being arrested.
  • A survey conducted by homosexual activists and researchers Jay and Young found that 73% of  homosexuals had had sex with boys 16 to 19 years of age or younger.
  • Most pedophiles are homosexual. In a 1988 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, 86% of pedophiles described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.

3. Given homosexual men’s propensity toward pedophilia, it is no surprise that mainstream homosexual culture promotes sex with children:

  • Homosexuals are driving the worldwide campaign to lower the legal age of consent.
  • Homosexual publications claim sex with children is not harmful to children but, as stated in one journal, “constitute an aspect of gay and lesbian life.” Some examples:
    • The Journal of Homosexuality, the premier academic journal of the mainstream homosexual world, published a special double issue entitled, Male Intergenerational Intimacy, containing dozens of articles portraying sex between men and minor boys as loving relationships. One article states that parents should view the pedophile who loves their son “not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy’s upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home.”
    • BLK, a leading black homosexual publication, defended pedophilia with an article entitled, “Must Men Who Love Boys Be Guilty of Sexual Misconduct?”
    • San Francisco’s leading homosexual newspaper, The Sentinel, editorialized that “The love between man and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality.”
    • In 1995, the homosexual magazine Guide stated: “We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual, that they deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose …[w]e must listen to our prophets. Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children’s sexuality …. We must do it for the children’s sake.”

4. Other indicators of homosexual men’s interest in sex with children:

  • A 1995 content analysis, by Dr. Judith Reisman of the Institute for Media Education, of advertisements in the U.S.’s most influential homosexual newspaper, The Advocate, found many personal ads soliciting boy prostitutes. The newspaper also advertises a “Penetrable Boy Doll… available in 3 provocative positions.”
  • NAMBLA and other pro-pedophile literature can be found wherever homosexuals congregate (homosexual bookstores, bathhouses, festivals, gay bars, etc.).
  • Mainstream homosexual conferences commonly feature speeches about “intergenerational sex.” For example, the 2001 annual National Gay Lesbian Task Force Convention featured workshops entitled “Your Eyes Say Yes But the Law Says No” and “Drag 101: How to Turn Kids in Make-up into Kings and Queens.”
  • Homosexual newspapers and travel publications carry ads for sex tours to Burma, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other countries infamous for boy prostitution. Published exposés on such tours by former homosexuals reveal that thousands of American gay men are patronizing boy prostitutes around the world.
  • Thousands of homosexual sites on the Internet promote sex with young boys and/or contain child pornography. In fact, mainstream homosexual groups filed suit to block a Virginia law, passed in 2001, that restricted Internet use harmful to children, such as chat rooms commonly used by pedophiles.

5. All of which is why homosexuals are driving the worldwide movement to lower the age of (sexual) consent:

  • As far back as 1972, the mainstream National Coalition of Gay Organizations adopted a ‘gay rights platform’ that included a demand to ‘repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent.’
  • Homosexual activists within the United Nations are lobbying to give sexual rights to underage children.
  • In England, the campaign is being led by Outrage! and Stonewall, both homosexual organizations.
  • The Dutch homosexual group, Association for the Integration of Homosexuality, has succeeded in lowering the age of legal sex to 12 (!) in Holland.

Baldwin observes that we are seeing the results of homosexuals’ success in transforming U.S. culture:

  • Sharp increase in the number of boy prostitutes who identify themselves as homosexuals, from 10% to 60% in just 15 years, according to child prostitution expert Dr. Jennifer James.
  • Young males getting AIDS: The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 50% of male AIDS victims reported having sex with an adult male by the age of 16, and 20% had sex with an adult male by the age of 10. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2000, there were 31,293 AIDS cases in the 13-24-age category, and that half of the 13-24 age group HIV victims were infected with the disease as a result of sex with adult men.

Baldwin warns:

“It is time to acknowledge that homosexual behavior threatens the foundation of Western civilization — the nuclear family. An unmistakable manifestation of the attack on the family unit is the homosexual community’s efforts to target children both for their own sexual pleasure and to enlarge the homosexual movement….

The homosexual community knows that the capture of all major youth groups is absolutely necessary to the expansion of its movement.They know what most social scientists and sex researchers know but refuse to talk about: homosexually-molested children are likely to become homosexual. After all, one of the most ommon characteristics of homosexual molesters is the fact that they were molested themselves during boyhood. An article published by the American Medical Association reported that, “Abused adolescents, particularly those victimized by males, were up to 7 times more likely to self-identity as gay or bisexual than peers who had not been abused.

Baldwin concludes:

“It is high time that America’s elected officials, health authorities,education leaders, and law enforcement officials act to not only tell the harsh truth — the homosexual community has targeted America’s youth — but act now to counter this horrible trend. Failure to do so will have disastrous consequences for both our culture and for the health of our children.”

Stephen Baldwin wrote that report in 2002. Since then, things have only gotten worse: Senate Bill 48 became law in California, requiring public schools to include in their academic curriculum “the contributions” of gays and lesbians; and now, Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on homosexual adult leaders and employees.

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H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

Update (Aug. 3, 2015):

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors 20% of Boy Scout units (1 out of every 5 scouts), says it might leave the BSA altogether. Next month (August), the most senior leaders of the Mormon Church will meet on whether to end a 100-year relationship with BSA.

In contrast, a Roman Catholic committee that acts as a liaison with the Boy Scouts urged the Catholic Church, whose scouting units account for 10% of the 2.4 million total boy scouts at the end of last year, to continue sponsoring BSA. (NY Times)

~Eowyn

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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.

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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 (https://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.

Update (May 20, 2015):

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) succumbed and changed its policy to allow OPENLY homosexual boys to join. The policy took effect on January 1, 2014.
Openly homosexual Scout leaders are next. Already, in May 2014, newly elected BSA President, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who led the Obama administration military to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, said that he would have allowed homosexual leaders for Boy Scouts of America. (Source)
~Eowyn

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