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Another Shameful Attack on the Boy Scouts
Tolerance, ACLU style...
[Chris Field] 4/26/04

The Boy Scouts of America has been a valuable patriotic and morally instructive institution in our country for over 90 years. It started in England in the first decade of the 20th Century and came to America in 1910. In 1916, it was chartered by Congress "to promote the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others" and "to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values." Ever since then the BSA has been universally revered as an honorable and moral institution. That is, until now.

Certainly the organization is still respected by most Americans, but over the last few years the liberal media, Democratic politicians, and various left-wing special interest groups have waged war upon this venerable institution because it excludes avowed homosexuals and requires its members to pledge allegiance to God and country. The BSA has a constitutional right to association, and it has a constitutional right to express any views it desires, but it seems that some liberals think otherwise.

Many conservatives foolishly believed that the Left's attempts to destroy the Boy Scouts would slow down after the Supreme Court ruled in "Boy Scouts of America v. Dale" (2000) that BSA does not have to admit homosexuals as members and is allowed to require members to pledge allegiance to God and country.

You may have missed it last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune, but the liberal ACLU recently won a court battle barring the Boy Scouts from continuing to lease public land because they are a "religious institution" and such a lease would somehow violate the separation of church and state.

What did the ever-so-tolerant ACLU have to say about this?

I quote from their press release:

"Addressing the last outstanding issues in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of exclusive preferential leases for the Boy Scouts, a federal district court has found that the lease for the Boy Scouts' free use of aquatic parkland on City-owned Fiesta Island is unconstitutional.

"'Today's decision affirms the fundamental principle that government may not favor a discriminatory religious organization,' said Jordan Budd, Legal Director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. 'When government endorses a particular religious viewpoint, as the city plainly has done through its preferential treatment of the Boy Scouts, it undermines the values of tolerance and inclusiveness that are at the core of our constitutional system.'

"'Even the City has now done the right thing by settling this case and choosing to uphold its policies against discrimination and religious preference,' he added. 'This has been a long road, but we are gratified that the city's parks now are open to all San Diegans.'"

It would have been nice if this group, which is highly esteemed by a vast majority of Americans, could have been left well enough alone by the Left.

But no. CRO

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