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Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, February 05, 2013

One attorney warns that if the Boy Scouts of America votes to permit its local chapters to admit homosexuals, there will be no peace.

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 enough."

Barber, Matt (Liberty Counsel)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 liberty

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 their sponsorships.

Shackelford

"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 concludes.

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.

Saenz, Jonathan (Texas Values)

"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 details.

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 homosexuality."

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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