Saturday, October 20, 2007

AFA Alert: Philadelphia Punishes Boy Scouts Because of Their Beliefs


This AFA Alert came to my email this week, and frankly, I'm disgusted.

I am so tired of the gay agenda, I just want to throw up. Are the assholes going after NAMBLA next, and try to force that down our throats as well?

Anyone who reads my site with any regularity knows I highly disapprove of the gay AGENDA. I have many gay friends, and they're aware of my disapproval of their lifestyle choice. However, they are not militant gays trying to force an agenda down my throat and are respectful of my children. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE, FOLKS, and a big one. So I don't want to hear any bullshit about homophobia.

Let me clarify my views--homosexuality is BIBLICALLY wrong. It is against God and nature. PERIOD. Trying to FORCE a GLBT agenda down my throat just pisses me off. Recent antics include the desecration and trespass at Most Holy Redeemer church in San Francisco, and now, we're revisiting the Boy Scouts.

As a former scout leader and district commissioner, this topic is close to my heart. My son was a scout from Tiger through WeBeLo, and, unlike most parents who choose to use these groups as babysitters, merely dropping off their sons for the meetings and not participating, I'm of the mindset if my children are interested in something enough to participate then I owe it THEM to participate along with them. As a single mother, my son needed strong, positive male influences in his life (his father degenerated into a major drug dealer that took to robbing casinos in Vegas at gunpoint and rather than being held responsible, his family helped him escape to Australia).

Scouting and Altar Serving were activities my son chose. Again, I don't want to hear any bullshit about the Catholic scandals--there's more molestation taking place PER YEAR in public schools than transpired during the entire time frame of the Catholic scandals.

Because we're Catholic, his packs were through his schools, first in Las Vegas and later where we live now, and both schools were parochial schools. The parents of my scouts were livid at the gay agenda being thrown around, trying to force BSA to accept gays against their founding charter. Then they were furious at the atheist scouts in California who wanted to be scouts but ignore the "God" provisions in the founding charters.

Just as a reminder:
"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."
That's the Scout oath. "God" is listed FIRST. Country is NEXT. "Morally straight" is in there as well, albeit last. So you have atheist scouts wanting to ignore the VERY FIRST PART OF THE OATH. Then you have gays who want to violate the very end of the oath.

God. Country. Others. Self. Principles this country was founded upon.

WHAT PART OF "OATH" DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND??? Why participate in an organization that was founded upon the basic principles of this country if they don't want to honor those principles? And, more importantly, what part of "private charter" don't they understand?

BSA isn't supported by government funding. So, therefore, BSA doesn't have to follow separate agendas to keep it's funding.

Let's have a little history of BSA, from Wikipedia (normally, I'm not a fan of Wikipedia, but their summation is pretty decent on this issue):
The BSA arose amidst concerns of the progressive movement in the United States from people who sought to promote the social welfare of young men.
And:

The progressive movement in the United States was at its height during the early twentieth century. With the migration of families from rural to urban centers, there were concerns among some people that young men were no longer learning patriotism and individualism. The YMCA was an early promoter of social welfare and other reforms involving young men. Robert Baden-Powell started Scouting in 1907 in Great Britain and the movement began to grow overseas.[4]



In 1909, Chicago publisher W. D. Boyce was visiting London, England where he learned of the Scouting movement.[5] Soon after his return to the US, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.[6] The YMCA became interested in the nascent BSA program and provided support. The first managing secretary was John M. Alexander, succeeded by Edgar M. Robinson, both from the YMCA. James E. West took over as managing secretary and later as Chief Scout Executive, beginning a long relationship with the BSA.

Hmmm...notice anything in those short quotes above? Like the term "PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT"? How about "SOCIAL WELFARE"? Let's see what else Wikipedia has to say:

Here's more:
The stated objectives of the BSA are referred to as "Aims of Scouting": character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Each of the programs of the BSA pursues these aims through methods that are designed to be appropriate for the age and maturity of the participants.[7] One of these methods is the establishment of ideals.
And the charter information:

The BSA lobbied the U.S. Congress for a charter.[14] The Boy Scouts of America was granted a federal charter in 1916, now codified as 36 U.S.C. Chapter 309[15], stating that their purpose is to,

"promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods that were in common use by boy scouts on June 15, 1916."

The charter authorized and set standards for the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America. A provision in the federal charter gives the BSA the "exclusive right to use emblems, badges, descriptive or designating marks, and words or phrases" that they adopt. A federal charter is considered to be a prestigious national recognition of an organization.[16].

While the Supreme Court ruled in BSA's favor regarding the gay agenda in 2000, once again BSA is under attack--once again from gays pushing their agenda, this time by raising the rent on the Philadelphia headquarters to an outrageous amount--and on a building BSA has occupied since the building was built. Interesting how the person pushing for this rent increase APPEARS to have pulled the rent amount out of thin air, possibly purposely intending it to be so exorbitant BSA can't pay it (or, through moral integrity and the need to provide scouting services to many boys, WON'T), AND the charge is being led by someone who is openly gay himself.

Sounds like a personal vendetta to me. The more things change, the more they stay the same. 100 years ago, BSA was founded in its infancy stages to combat the progressive movement and social welfare. Listen to any of the dem presidential candidates, watch who our congress appeases and we're right there again.

If I personally knew I had a scout leader in my groups who was gay, I would indeed bar him from participating in scouts in any capacity. Why? Because the boys in my charge are more important than a homosexual agenda. You bet it's discrimination--discrimination in FAVOR of the children in my charge to keep them safe from a possible pedophile who's trolling for victims through BSA. And, should I be imprisoned for protecting those children and discriminating against adult gays, so be it. The children are more important than appeasing an agenda espoused by less than 1% (gays number about 3% of this country's population--I'm addressing militant gays pushing agenda's here) of this country.

If the atheists and gays want a young boy association to prey upon, let them start their own, with a well-publicized agenda and charter so the parents who enroll those boys know what they're letting their sons in for. Otherwise, STFU and get out of BSA's business.

Live with the fact BSA DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE JUST ANYONE AND IS ALLOWED TO BE SELECTIVE ON THEIR TERMS AND ACCORDING TO THEIR CHARTER.

Phildelphia--Cradle of Liberty MY ASS.

Period.

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Philadelphia punishes Boy Scouts because of their beliefs

Dear [Redacted]

The city of Philadelphia has decided to punish the Boy Scouts of America because it will not allow homosexuals to serve as Scout Leaders. City officials said they will charge the Cradle of Liberty Scouts Council $200,000 a year to use the city-owned headquarters. The Council was paying $1 per year (since 1928). The city owns the land on which the Council's 1928 Beaux Arts building sits.

The city says it is charging the scouts $200,000 a year because the scouts discriminate against homosexuals. But the city finds nothing wrong with their discrimination against the scouts because of the scouts' belief.

The action by city officials means that 30 new Cub Scout packs won't be organized, and that 800 needy kids will not be going to the Council's summer camp if the city charges them $200,000.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the scouts, as a private group, have a First Amendment right to bar homosexuals from membership. Philadelphia officials, in an effort to appease the homosexual activists, began searching for a way to punish the scouts. The rent increase was the vehicle to do that.

The Cradle of Liberty Council serves about 64,000 scouts in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

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