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  • Ralph Reed: No Change of Position on Boy Scouts

    05/14/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/14/13 | Jim Meyers
    Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed is vigorously refuting a published report that he sought to help the Boy Scouts of America persuade Christian leaders to back a proposal to allow gays to become scouts. Current BSA policy is to bar membership to "open or avowed homosexuals." But a proposal to be voted on this month, supported by some leading BSA officials, would permit gays to become members while maintaining a ban on gay adult volunteers. "Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case:...
  • The Boy Scouts ask conservative activist Ralph Reed to set up meetings with Christian leaders...

    05/14/2013 8:26:16 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 79 replies
    WORLD Magazine ^ | 5/13/2013 | Warren Cole Smith
    Sometime during the week of May 20, about 1,400 delegates representing Boy Scout troops from across the country will gather in Texas and vote on a proposed policy that, if passed, would allow openly homosexual boys to be Scouts while continuing a ban on homosexual leaders. Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case: Ralph Reed. WORLD learned that Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and now president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has arranged meetings and conference calls between Christian conservative leaders...
  • Boy Scouts, Supreme Court Decision on Homosexuality Could Be Connected

    05/13/2013 4:56:18 PM PDT · by lastmomstanding · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 5-13-13 | Stemberger
    <p>"So what would possess the BSA to risk embarrassing themselves on a national stage by opening back up such a controversial and divisive issue when months earlier they proclaimed they had the "absolute best policy?"</p> <p>For me, the answer to that question was found in a little chicken wing and pizza restaurant right across from my office in Orlando, Florida last year in the summer of 2012. I was at this dive of a restaurant I frequent and happened to see Tico Perez..."</p>
  • Local Boy Scout Leader Resigns Following Council's Decision on Gay Members

    05/09/2013 9:12:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    ClarksvilleNow.com ^ | May 9, 2013 | ClarksvilleNow.com Reporting
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Bill Moser, who has been a scout leader in Clarksville for many years, has resigned his post Wednesday, May 8 after the Middle TN Boy Scout Council voted against allowing openly gay members. The following is Moser’s letter of resignation, obtained by ClarksvilleNow: "The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. I have been actively involved with scouting for over 50 years, and my personal experience with Scouting has reinforced my belief that helping youth is a key to...
  • Gov. Rick Perry to Join 'Stand With Scouts Sunday' to Support Ban on Gay Membership

    05/05/2013 8:50:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/05/2013 | Melissa Barnhart
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be among the speakers at the "Stand with Scouts Sunday" nationwide simulcast event to support Boy Scouts of America's membership policies on homosexuality. Perry, a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, will be joined by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, the organization that's hosting the Stand with Scouts Sunday event, along with John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and founder of OnMyHonor.Net, a coalition of BSA parents and scouting leaders, who are asking members of the national council to vote "No" on the BSA's resolution to lift the ban on openly gay membership....
  • Boy Scouts of America Survey: 61% Support Current Policy of Excluding Homosexuals

    05/02/2013 3:36:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/02/2013 | Penny Starr
    The results of a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) survey shows that a majority of members support keeping in place the policy that prohibits homosexuals from joining or leading the organization. Ahead of a May 23 vote on whether to change its policies to allow openly homosexual scout members and/or gay scout leaders, the BSA has provided CNSNews with the results of survey conducted in February of BSA members, parents, donors and other interested parties. The survey’s executive summary describes it as “the most comprehensive listing exercise in [BSA] history.” The survey shows that of the 200,000 adult members who...
  • LDS Church Criticized for Endorsing Boy Scouts' Proposal on Accepting Gay Members

    04/28/2013 6:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2013 | By Anugrah Kumar
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the nation's largest sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America, is being criticized for endorsing a BSA proposal that would allow gay youths to join local troops while continuing to exclude gay leaders. "While the church has not launched any campaign either to effect (sic) or prevent a policy change, we have followed the discussion and are satisfied that BSA has made a thoughtful, good-faith effort to address issues that, as they have said, remain 'among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today,'" said a...
  • Mormon church OK with ending Boy Scouts' ban on gay youth

    04/26/2013 5:48:45 PM PDT · by virtuous · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 26, 2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given tacit approval to the Boy Scouts’ proposal to allow gay youth to join, saying they “appreciate the positive things” included in the plan to end the organization's controversial ban on gay boys. The Boy Scouts of America last week proposed allowing gay youth – but not adults – to participate in the private youth organization. That came two months after they floated the idea of allowing gays and lesbians of all ages to join, a proposal that was denounced by the conservative religious groups that make up a bulk of...
  • Something Rotten in the Boy Scouts

    04/26/2013 1:43:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 26, 2013 | Austin Ruse
    There’s deception going on in the front office of the Boy Scouts. It includes deliberate misrepresentation of polling data, and threats to pack an upcoming meeting with anonymous and unqualified voters so that the Boy Scout policy on homosexuality gets forced on the majority of Scouts and parents who don’t want it.The Boy Scouts are considering changing their policy of not allowing open homosexuality in either their Scout or leadership ranks. The policy has placed the Boy Scouts in the buzz saw of the zeitgeist and up until recently they have resisted. There are some weak-kneed leaders who want...
  • Mormon Church Pleased with Boy Scouts Proposal

    04/25/2013 7:52:41 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/25/2013 | AP
    The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. ...
  • A Boy's Life with Unisex Scouts

    04/23/2013 10:00:06 AM PDT · by newheart · 39 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | April 23rd, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    The Boy Scouts are en route to holding that there is nothing to being a boy, and nothing to the boy’s becoming a man; they might as well be the Unisex Scouts, as they are in Canada, where the scouting movement has collapsed.
  • BSA membership policy resolution released, will be voted on in May

    04/19/2013 12:25:08 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 18 replies
    The Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Committee today released its membership policy resolution, which proposes removing the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone and maintaining the current membership policy for all adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The resolution, if passed, would be effective Jan. 1, 2014. You can read a summary below or see the complete text at this link (PDF). ... Below is the resolution: Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy...
  • Boy Scouts propose lifting ban on openly gay Scouts, but not leaders

    04/19/2013 12:01:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/19/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Also breaking today: This is a proposal that would go from the executive council to the Boy Scouts of America voting members in May, , and if approved, go into effect in January 2014: The Boy Scouts of America would no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation, but would maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders under a proposal it is considering, the group said Friday…“If approved, the resolution would mean that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ The...
  • U.S. Boy Scouts set to end ban on gay members : spokesperson (Friday News Dump Alert)

    04/19/2013 9:17:52 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 49 replies
    The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay members, a spokesman said on Friday, but the organization's board must still vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution. If the vote is approved, "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," Deron Smith, the organization's spokesman, told Reuters. Smith noted that the decision drew from three months of research, surveys and discussions and was "among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today." The deliberations over...
  • U.S. Boy Scouts set to end ban on gay members : spokesperson

    04/19/2013 9:21:58 AM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2013 | Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
    The Boy Scouts of America called to end a long-standing ban on openly gay members, a spokesman said on Friday, but the organization's board must still vote in May on whether to ratify the resolution. If the vote is approved, "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," Deron Smith, the organization's spokesman, told Reuters. Smith noted that the decision drew from three months of research, surveys and discussions and was "among the most complex and challenging issues facing the BSA and society today." he deliberations over...
  • Texas Soldier Arrested for ‘Rudely Displaying’ Weapon

    04/16/2013 7:16:35 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 113 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4/16/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    I just got off the phone with Army Master Sergeant. C. J. Grisham, a serving American soldier and veteran of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who recently was illegally disarmed by the Temple Police Department while out for a walk with his son. “We live out in the country in Texas, near Temple,” he told me. “My son and I were on a ten-mile hike so that he could earn his hiking merit badge – it’s the last badge he needs to become an Eagle Scout.” But half way into the hike, Grisham said, “a police officer pulled...
  • CALIFORNIA MOVES TO STRIP BOY SCOUTS, CHRISTIAN YOUTH GROUPS OF NONPROFIT STATUS

    04/10/2013 5:23:35 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 53 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 10, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a move that foreshadows the radical left’s plans for churches should gay marriage become the law of the land, the California legislature is moving to strip the Boy Scouts of America – a private organization – of its non-profit status for refusing to allow gay scoutmasters...
  • It's Annual Meeting Season: Boy Scout Supporters Fight Back!

    04/08/2013 5:31:51 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 13 replies
    various ^ | 4/8/2013 | Self - Vanity
    To: All Freepers who own shares of publicly-traded companies. Action: Vote your shares against the retention or re-election of Ernst & Young as auditors. This is easy and it takes very little time using proxyvote.com. Background: James Turley, the CEO of Ernst & Young, a London-based international accounting firm, is on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. In a statement issued by Ernst and Young, Turley said that he will work from within the Boy Scouts as a national board member to help change scouting policies so that they allow homosexuals to be scout leaders. After...
  • Boy Scouts: Utah Gay Pride Center Can't Sponsor Troop

    04/02/2013 6:47:54 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 21 replies
    NBC News.com ^ | April 1, 2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Boy Scouts of America said Monday that the Utah Pride Center — a LGBT advocacy group — could not charter a troop, even though the group said it would comply with the youth organization's controversial policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. The Utah Pride Center submitted its application in late February to sponsor a troop with heterosexual leaders and middle-school age boys several weeks ago, said Valerie Larabee, the center's executive director. She said the bid, which comes ahead of the BSA vote in May on whether it should keep the ban, was not a stunt. "We feel great...
  • Boyscouts outfits and camping supplies needed

    04/01/2013 10:30:23 AM PDT · by trussell · 105 replies
    04/01/13 | trussell
    My 13 year old son just joined boy scouts. He would like to go to the camping trip next weekend and only has one outfit that is loaned to him. He needs shorts (at least 3 pair needed), shirts (they would like him to have 3 or 4 more), pants (same as shirts, 3 or 4 more, boy scout approved socks (several pair). He wears an 18 husky pant or 36/29 through 36/32. Shirts are XL youth to Medium adult. The troop will allow either the green BOA socks or black socks. Also, any camping items that he will need....
  • How to fight the left-wing hate machine

    03/31/2013 3:32:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 30, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Judging from the oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, it appears the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be ruled unconstitutional on federalism grounds, and that the court will punt on California's same-sex marriage law, effectively allowing every state to define marriage as it wishes.That is not good enough for the progressive movement. Progressives want marriage to be redefined in every state to include same-sex relationships. And they will not stop there, either. As the court was listening to oral arguments Wednesday, progressive blogger and former Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee member Chris...
  • Eagle Scouts: We’re Being Bullied by Gay Rights Activists

    03/27/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A coalition of Eagle Scouts, Scoutmasters, and parents have launched a new organization vowing to keep sex and politics out of the Boy Scouts of America. “The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture,” said John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and the founder of OnMyHonor.net. Representatives from more than a dozen states gathered in Florida to announce the opposition to any attempt to allow open homosexuality in the BSA. The BSA is expected to offer a proposal that would remove the national rule banning open homosexuality -- and replacing it with a local option. That...
  • Do you think that the boy scouts should allow homosexuals as scout masters?

    03/26/2013 5:52:31 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 256 replies
    Where do you libertarians stand on gays as boy scout masters?
  • Survey: Many Utah Scouts against lifting gay ban

    03/25/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by District13 · 58 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 25, 2012 | BRADY McCOMBS
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than four out of five Boy Scout leaders in the Salt Lake City area say they are opposed to Boy Scouts of America lifting its ban on gays, a new survey shows. Nearly half said they would quit the Boy Scouts if the ban on gays is lifted, according to results of a survey of 4,700 adults involved in the Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council. The respondents included leaders and parents. The council is one of the largest in the country, with 5,500 troops and 73,400 youth members. Nearly all of the troops,...
  • Boy Scout leaders face controversy over gay leaders

    03/25/2013 8:59:32 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 44 replies
    WESH - Orlando ^ | 23 March 2013 | Staff
    As the Boy Scouts of America ponder whether to allow gays to be Scout leaders, a number Scouting officials debated the issue Saturday morning in downtown Orlando. At the end of that session, dozens of Scout leaders and parents staged a news conference to announce the formation of a Scout group opposed to allowing "open homosexuality" by adults in the Boy Scouts. "The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture," said John Stemberger, Eagle Scout and founder of OnMyHonor.net. "We support the current policy of scouting, which is backed by over 100 years of tradition and...
  • Tell us about your most disgusting experience in a restaurant

    03/23/2013 4:07:54 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 82 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 22 March 2013 | Cindy George
    On Monday, I stepped up to the line at my trusty downtown Chipotle Mexican Grill just as the server was replenishing the sour cream. She had on one glove, but the operative hand was bare and she got a few dots of the creamy, white stuff on her palm. Then, she LICKED it off. I tried to play it cool and asked the server to wash her hands as she slipped on a glove covering the contamination. The transaction didn't happen, needless to say. After leaving the restaurant, I tweeted my outrage. Chipotle corporate folks responded lickety-split — in two...
  • Chipotle Pulls Sponsorship of Utah Boy Scout Event

    03/20/2013 12:08:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies
    ap ^ | March 19, 2013 | Brady McCombs
    Chipotle Mexican Grill has pulled its sponsorship of Utah's "Scout-O-Rama" because of the Boy Scouts of America's long-standing ban on gays. The popular Colorado-based restaurant chain initially signed on to provide about $4,200 worth of coupons to the Utah Boy Scouts' annual event, scheduled for May 4 in a Salt Lake City suburb. The Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council is one of the largest in the country, with the majority of troops sponsored by Mormon churches.
  • Madonna rips Boy Scouts at GLAAD Awards -- VIDEO

    03/17/2013 4:45:17 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 77 replies
    http://music-mix.ew.com ^ | Mar 17, 2013 | by Kyle Anderson
    <p>Madonna has never been a stranger to controversy, and she once again dipped her toe into those waters at last night’s GLAAD Awards, where she was presenting an award to Anderson Cooper.</p> <p>Dressed in an oversized Boy Scout uniform, Madonna took the organization to task for its policy that bans gay people from joining. “I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” she said during a 10-minute speech. “I think that’s (messed) up. I know how to build a fire. I can pitch a tent … most importantly, I know how to scout for boys.”</p>
  • Boy Scouts asking for input on gay membership

    03/11/2013 7:38:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 64 replies
    LSN ^ | Ben Johnson
    IRVING, TX, March 11, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America are asking for citizens across the country to express their opinion about the BSA's policy barring open homosexuals from joining the group as members or scoutmasters. In a tiny link at the top of their website, the Scouts announced their review of the policy. A second link simply asks readers, “Share your feedback.” Last July, the 100-year-old outdoor group announced it would maintain its moral standards for members and leaders. However, in January the national scouting organization bowed to pressure to reconsider the policy. A decision was expected...
  • Victim of fugitive cop killer files claim against city of LA seeking full reward

    03/09/2013 7:07:23 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 9, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    The California camp ranger carjacked by ex-cop turned fugitive Christopher Dorner last month has filed a lawsuit seeking claim to the entire $1.2 million reward leading to his capture. Rick Heltebrake, who was robbed at gunpoint by Dorner while driving on a Big Bear-area road last month, has filed his suit against the city of Los Angeles claiming that it was his 911 phone call that led to Dorner's cornering. The full-time Boy Scouts ranger's life was spared during that carjacking while allowed to safely exit his truck and later call 911. According to his claim, it was that call...
  • Blackball you, maybe? Carly Rae Jepsen, Train bail on Boy Scouts Jamboree over gay policy

    03/06/2013 1:27:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    lsn ^ | Ben Johnson
    HOLLYWOOD, March 6, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two musical acts have announced they will not perform at the Boy Scouts annual Jamboree – one ruling out a performance and the other saying the organization would have to change its policy on admitting homosexuals as members and scoutmasters before they would perform. "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Carly Rae Jepsen announced on Twitter yesterday. She pledged to "stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this...
  • Carly Rae Jepsen pulls out of Boy Scouts concert as she makes a stand for gay rights

    03/05/2013 4:43:52 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2013
    Carly Rae Jepsen has cancelled her performance at the national Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the organization's exclusion of gays. Call Me Maybe singer Jepsen made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. 'As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,' she wrote. 'I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.' Rock band Train also...
  • Amherst church led by gay pastor charters Boy Scout unit

    03/04/2013 4:37:54 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 42 replies
    AMHERST — An Amherst church that promotes tolerance and is led by a gay pastor has become the new chartering organization for a local Boy Scout troop whose national organization has retained a policy excluding homosexuals. But for the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Steven Wilco and Troop 504, which will be partners, the long-term objectives are the same: giving boys a place to grow and learn leadership skills, teaching them an appreciation for the outdoors and advocating for a change in the national Boy Scout policy. Wilco, pastor of the church at 867 North Pleasant St., said there is...
  • Boy Scouts of America Values and Membership Standards Review

    02/26/2013 10:59:53 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 15 replies
    Boy Scouts of America - National Office ^ | 2/26/2013 | Boy Scouts of America - National Office
    The Boy Scouts of America is committed to dialogue on its membership standards within the Scouting family at the local and national levels. To continue and expand this important discussion, the National Executive Board has authorized its committees, representative of Scouting’s members, to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. The committees will review a number of issues and how they will impact the BSA, including youth, chartered organizations, parents, and financial, fundraising, and legal concerns. The goals of the committee’s work will be to: 1. Provide a channel where every voice can be...
  • Is Obama creating a pro-gay Boy Scouts of America?

    02/12/2013 5:00:54 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/24/2012 | 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.” 1. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? 2. 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? 3. Is...
  • The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

    02/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership. Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council. I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to...
  • Former Boy Scout leader indicted, accused of molesting boys

    02/12/2013 6:14:39 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 53 replies
    WMC TV 5 ^ | 2/11/2013 | Michael Clark
    (WMC-TV) – A former Boy Scout leader has been indicted, accused of molesting young boys. For the first time, an alleged victim's mother has issued a warning. MOREAdditional Links Details of William Todd Brewer's indictment were made public Monday after Brewer was served on Friday. Now we're hearing from the mother of one of the alleged victims in court documents. When former Boy Scout leader William Todd Brewer was arrested for sexual battery last July, one mother didn't want to think about what may have gone on inside Brewer's Senatobia rental home with her then 13-year-old son. "I would tell...
  • Boy Scouts Say Gay Debate Was Ignited by a Leak

    02/12/2013 5:30:47 AM PST · by libstripper · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | KIRK JOHNSON
    A leak from inside the Boy Scouts of America last month about discussions on possibly ending the group’s national ban on gay members changed the debate itself by creating an impression that change was imminent, according to scouting officials and taped comments from a meeting of scouting’s executive board obtained by The New York Times. Those apparently false expectations were dashed days later when the board, under intense scrutiny it had never intended, deferred action. The proposed shift in policy has been portrayed in news accounts mostly as a kind of trial balloon, floated to gauge sentiment about where scouting...
  • Boy Scouts, Mormon Church Settle Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    02/10/2013 10:44:37 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Oregon Herald ^ | Nov. 25, 2012 | Donna Millsap
    PORTLAND, Oregon — The Boys Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a Portland man who said they didn't do enough to stop a Scout troop leader from sexually abusing children. A document filed Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Boise said both sides agreed to an undisclosed monetary settlement. SNIP The lawsuit alleges the leader of a Boy Scout troop in Nampa in southwestern Idaho sexually abused the plaintiff over three years in both Idaho and Oregon starting in 1967, and that the abuse left...
  • The Least of These [government's selfishness is the root of many societal problems]

    02/09/2013 8:40:13 AM PST · by rhema · 8 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 2/8/13 | Anthony Esolen
    In Philadelphia, about half of all students in ninth grade will graduate from high school. The dropout rate is especially high among black and Hispanic boys. President Obama’s answer to this problem is typical of the left: compulsion. Make dropping out illegal. In other words, force boys who are learning nothing to remain where they are learning nothing, to help make sure that nobody else learns anything, either. If they drop out anyway, turn them into criminals to be rounded up. All this would cost a great deal of money, which Philadelphia does not have. And even if you could...
  • The Intolerance of Today's Tolerance and the Right of Association

    02/06/2013 6:22:25 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    At a local library a small group of individuals meet on a monthly basis to discuss Russian literature. Over the past ten years they've discussed every author from Pushkin to Dostoyevsky to Tolstoy. At the upcoming meeting they plan to discuss one or two twentieth century Soviet authors. When the date of the meeting rolls around, they find two new people there to participate in the meeting. In short order they learn that these two new participants have no love for Russian authors. In fact, they are two Estonian nationalists that hate everything Russian. They are at the meeting only...
  • Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of voters back gay Boy Scouts

    02/06/2013 12:43:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/06/2013 | by Rachel Weiner
    A majority of American voters want the Boy Scouts to lift its ban against gay members and leaders, a new Quinnipiac poll finds. The Boy Scouts of America announced last week that it was considering changing its policy of banning gay scouts and troop leaders. On Wednesday the organization said that decision would be delayed until a national meeting in May. In the Quinnipiac poll, 55 percent of respondents said the scouts should drop the ban, while 33 percent said it should remain. There is a significant gender gap in the results. Women back gay scouts by a 61 to...
  • For the Record: The Real Agenda of Gays in the Military

    02/06/2013 12:31:26 PM PST · by Perseverando · 19 replies
    Vanity | February 6, 2013 | Self
    I'm on a rant at the moment, so I thought this would be as good a time as any to go on the record with my humble opinions about Obama's efforts to destroy America morally, culturally, financially, socially, politically, militarily, economically, etc. (My, my, Obama's a busy little dictator wannabe, isn't he?) I have been saying for several months that the gays in the military agenda is not the final objective, but just another link in the chain that will ultimately weaken and enslave America's citizens and destroy our country and way of life as we once knew it. The...
  • Boy Scouts: We need more time for decision on gay membership (They tabled the motion)

    02/06/2013 8:10:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 6, 2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it needed "more time for a deliberate review" of its policy banning gay Scouts and leaders, delaying a final decision on the controversial membership guidelines that have dogged the private youth organization in recent years. "In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization," the organization said in a statement. "After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer...
  • Boy Scouts delay vote

    02/06/2013 8:04:47 AM PST · by mikemoose · 63 replies
    Boy Scouts of America website ^ | 02/06/2013 | Boy Scouts of America
    ...To that end, the National Executive Board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards....
  • Slouching Toward Gay Takeover of Boy Scouts

    02/06/2013 5:07:29 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 23 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 6, 2013 | JP
    One of the more memorable sketches to air on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” featured actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Adam Sandler as members of a Boy Scout troop. Baldwin played a gay scoutmaster, “Mr. Armstrong.” Sandler reprised his role as “Canteen Boy,” a scout clearly suffering arrested development. In the sketch, Mr. Armstrong makes a sexual advance on Canteen Boy, brushing his unshaven face against the lad. So uncomfortable is Sandler’s character, who is not so dimwitted that he doesn’t know a pedophile when he sees one, that he flees into the woods. The sketch was uproariously funny. But what...
  • Boy Scout leader charged with sodomizing Scout

    02/05/2013 1:48:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | n/a
    A former Boy Scout leader has been charged with sodomizing a boy in his troop who was under the age of 13. The abuse took place in 2005, according to court documents, but the victim, now an adult, waited several years before coming forward, reported WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Va. The BSA’s Stonewall Jackson Area Council released a prepared statement after the arrest. “The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior,” the statement said. ‘The behavior included in these allegations runs...
  • Petition to the BSA(oppose the change)

    02/04/2013 11:33:51 AM PST · by lost in the snow · 21 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | 2/4/2013 | Conservative Action Alerts
    Please take time to sign the petion. The BSA is no longer taking phone calls. http://petitions.conservativeactionalerts.com/9156/i-oppose-boy-scouts-policy-change/
  • Obama: Boy Scouts should admit gays and lesbians, opportunity should be open to all

    02/04/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2013
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week. Obama praised the scouts as “a great institution” that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, he said “no one should be barred from that.” The Boy Scouts announced last week it was considering replacing its longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decision on the issue.
  • How Gays and Women Get In Their Own Way

    02/04/2013 6:02:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Gays can be leaders. Women can be leaders. Without realizing it, I think gays and women inadvertently work against their own objective of equality when they force private organizations to support gay and female leaders. As I wrote here, gays and women are already equal before the Constitution, which defines us by our humanity, not by our sexuality, and is silent on most personal matters like marriage. Furthermore, the more the federal government defines our rights, the less free, equal and human we all become. Here is what generally happens when minority groups confuse social acceptance with equality and push...