October 21, 2007
Most everyone has heard of the Boy Scouts of America. At one time they were well respected and looked upon as a good organization, preparing boys to be men, teaching patriotism, discipline, love of God and country and such.
When I was a Boy Scout we learned many skills. Camping, fire building, cooking, swimming, first aid and even basic survival, to an extent. We were taught to be TRUSTWORTHY, LOYAL, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, OBEDIENT, CHEERFUL, THRIFTY, BRAVE, CLEAN and REVERENT. We lived by the Scout Motto, Be Prepared. We were taught respect of our Flag as well as proper Flag Etiquette.
Many of those skills helped me make it through my time in Viet Nam and gave me a foundation for life that has seen me through many down turns, encouraging me to just pick myself back up and keep going.
You might even call the Boy Scouts of America the original Green Group, as our common practice when camping was the leave the land cleaner than we found it. We were taught to respect nature and not to litter.
Sadly, for quite a few years now, the organization has become the target of leftists who see it as a danger to their leftist ideology and it must be ridiculed, infiltrated and eventually destroyed. Anything that teaches a deep reverence to God and to America spells trouble to the Socialist leaning left.
To disrupt and eventually destroy the organization, somewhere along the line they became a target of the leftist ACLU because they did not accept Gays as Scouts or Adult Scout Leaders. For years, the battle has been ongoing to either disband the organization or force them to accept Gays, against the wishes of the Scouts and their parents.
It isn’t like these young men will be denied any information on Gay lifestyle as we all know that Public Schools cram it down our kids throats every chance they get.
Taken before the Supreme Court of the United States, the left leaning Court even agreed that they do have a right to ban Gays, as they also do Atheists and Agnostics, under their “constitutional right of freedom of association and free speech under the First Amendment.” By a 5-4 vote in June of 2000, the Court overturned a lower court ruling and upheld the Scouts right to determine by their moral code, who can and cannot belong.
Of course that didn’t set well with leftist, even though other lower courts for years upheld their right to select who they felt was best to be leading impressionable young boys. So the attacks continued.
Look to San Diego’s Balboa Park. 16 acres leased to the Boy Scouts for $1 a year and that they maintained, rebuilt and by fundraising and volunteer work, had a state-of-the-art swimming pool and 600-seat outdoor amphitheater built. The Boy Scouts have faithfully maintained the grounds and the park has been available to all citizens, not just the Boy Scouts.
We can thank the ACLU now for stepping in and protecting citizens from this Organization as they sued on behalf of a Lesbian couple and an Agnostic couple. U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones Jr. ruled the Boy Scouts as a religion and therefore their lease of the park was unconstitutional under the Separation of Church and State canard. City Councilwoman Toni Atkins, herself a lesbian, commented, "Now it's up to the Boy Scouts to respond and stop discriminating."
In the meantime, the park must be maintained by the city at millions of dollars of expense, where the Boy Scouts were doing it free.
It doesn’t stop there.
For as long as I can recall, the Scouts hold a national Jamboree every four years, with federal support from the Department of Defense in the form of “non-religious supplies and services.” They have been supportive in this manner for 60 years. Yet, in 1999 the ACLU filed suit again over “Separation of Church and State.” They lost that one.
Undeterred, leftist still assault the Boy Scouts every chance they can get. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an openly Gay Activist City Solicitor has raised the Scouts rent for their offices in a landmark Philadelphia building by a whopping $199,999! To return to their long held $1 a year rent, all they need do is allow Gays to be adult leaders of young boys and members.
After the loud outcry these past few years over Gay Priests abusing young boys for decades, one would think the Boy Scouts would receive recognition for protecting youthful members. As can be seen above, such is not the case as Gay Activists and the ACLU has decided this organization must either accept Gays, or die.
Since their inception in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America have prepared many famous men for adulthood and even public service. While they have produced American Heroes, Industrial Giants, Athletes, Veterans and Politicians, a few have slipped through without learning the honor our country seems to be lacking today.
One such would be Senator and Presidential candidate, Barack Obama. A former classmate claimed that he and Obama were in the Boy Scouts together while in school in Indonesia. Although not the Boy Scouts of America, International Scouting teaches much the same thing in values, respect and honor.
Obama has come out refusing to wear an American Flag Lapel Pin. More recently he was spotted at a barbecue for Tom Harkin standing during the playing of our National Anthem.
He sure didn’t pick up such disrespect from the Boy Scouts of America.
Our country is in a slide downward as the values and respect we were taught as youth’s is under fire and being discarded left and right. Conservative values are scoffed at and ridiculed, even though America was founded on them and stood strong for decades by them. The Boy Scouts of America have been teaching young boys for nearly a century,
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.
We need the Boy Scouts, leave them alone!