One attorney warns that if the Boy Scouts of America votes to
permit its local chapters to admit homosexuals, there will be no
An American Family Association (AFA) Action Alert points to a statement from the
homosexual Human Rights Campaign, that even if the Boy
Scouts changes its policy, it will still pressure corporations
to drop financial support because the alteration "is not good
Matt Barber of Liberty
Counsel Action tells OneNewsNow that shows "how arrogant and
presumptuous" the Human Rights Campaign is.
"For them to say that that is -- quote -- 'not good enough' just
shows the level of the hubris inherent within the radical
homosexual activist lobby," he contends. "It shows that they are
relentless and they will not be satisfied until each and every one
of their extremist demands are met."
He further asserts that activists are not just seeking
affirmation of their lifestyle.
Scouts warned: Allowing 'gays' could impact religious
IRVING, TX (Associated Press) - Three religious liberty law
firms are warning leaders of the Boy Scouts of America that lifting
the ban on homosexual scouts and scoutmasters would jeopardize
church-based troops that support the current policy.
In a letter to top Boy Scout officials, Liberty Institute,
Liberty Counsel and the Alliance Defending Freedom note that the
Supreme Court upheld the ban as part of scouting's self-defined
mission to instill morals, so making homosexual membership optional
would suggest the Boy Scouts no longer consider homosexuality
immoral. The letter says that would expose scout troops that
disagree to discrimination lawsuits and force some churches to end
"A lot of these churches are going to say we can't open
ourselves to that kind of danger or that kind of litigation, and
they're liable to lose a lot of sponsoring churches and religious
organizations," says Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty
Institute. "That Supreme Court decision protected the Boy
Scouts' national policy -- and if they remove that, it will remove
that protection for all of those groups; and then all of those
groups will have to fend for themselves."
"We're hopeful that the Boy Scouts are going to keep their
policy that does protect troops all the way down the line ...," he
Meanwhile, scouts and their families delivered a petition to the
Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging an end to the ban. They
said the petition includes 1.4 million signatures.
"They want access to our children, to be able to corrupt their
minds and instill in them this worldview that says there is no
right and wrong, that there is no such thing as sexual sin or
sexual morality," the attorney warns.
Barber points to 1998, when the Canadian Scouts "homosexualized"
the organization (see related story). Because of that,
membership dropped 50 percent, property had to be sold, offices
closed, and staff were laid off.
With that in mind, people who hold traditional values
are planning to gather at the BSA headquarters to personally
deliver a message -- stay straight -- as officials prepare to
decide on changing its national policy.
Supporters of the policy change reportedly delivered a petition
with 1.4 million signatures, encouraging the Scouts to allow
homosexuals as members and leaders. Now, Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values tells
OneNewsNow opponents of the change will deliver their view in a
more personal way.
"We're encouraging people to go to Irving, Texas, where the
headquarters are of the Boy Scouts of America, and have people pray
and rally with us to support the Boy Scouts' moral values, their
timeless values, and encourage them not to make a change," he
Saenz makes note of the corporations that have dropped their
donations to the Scouts for not admitting homosexuals and the
petition delivered to Scout headquarters Monday.
"The Boy Scouts' values cannot be bought by corporate money, I
hope, or by people dazzling certain numbers in front of them," he
asserts. "The American people are with the Boy Scouts on this
issue. A recent poll shows that 52 percent of Americans say that
there's no need for the Boy Scouts to change their policy on
The Texas Values president adds that the BSA is a private
organization that does not have to fold because pro-homosexual
activists gathered signatures.
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