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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.
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:
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.
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
"'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
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
2004 Human Events