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Socialist war on Boy Scouts of America

posted at 11:48 am on May 10, 2009 by

We had just moved into a new community, and were talking about the programs we wanted to get our two boys involved with. I had little league and youth football on my mind, my wife was thinking about cub scouts and music. We delegated responsibilities, and got busy with sign-ups and such.

We found ourselves at our local elementary school one evening, where the sign-up procedure for cub scouts was taking place. We walked into a crowded library full of confused parents. Looking around the room, I was surprised to see what appeared to be in excess of 100 people. My wife was her usual self, on a mission! A really nice lady, dressed in uniform,  walked up to me and asked me if I needed assistance. An hour later we had signed our boys up for cub scouts; what that actually meant was yet to be determined. Several days passed before we received a phone call telling us that our boys had been placed into dens, with a phone number to call for a den meeting date. I remember thinking “what have we gotten ourselves into.”

My wife took our youngest son to his meeting, (six years old at the time,) and I took our oldest son of eight years to his. My son and I arrived at the home of a perfect stranger, and found eight other parents equally as confused as I. It seems that the purpose of that first meeting was to select an adult leader for the den. This leader would then purchase a uniform and immediately sign-up for BSA training and instructions on how to run a den. Some how, both my wife and I came home from our first ever cub scout meeting as LEADERS of a cub scout den.

Shortly thereafter, we both attended a “leaders only” meeting with our Cub Master and his committee. At this meeting, we were informed that the Cub Master was retiring, as his son had moved on to Boy Scouts, and our fearless leader wanted to move on with his son. Selecting a new Cub Master was the agenda of this meeting. Somehow, I came home from that meeting the new Cub Master of a cub scout pack that was 100 members strong! Having just completed my training for a den leader, I now had to take courses on how to run a cub scout pack; a large cub scout pack.

What followed was 10 of the best years of my life. Having been a small business owner for several years, I looked at my job as Cub Master with a similar mindset as running my business. I created a committee that would oversee every aspect of the program, create activities, file all of the necessary paper work, run the pinewood derby, scouting for food, community service; all of the elements included in the Cub Scout program. I reminded myself that the program didn’t need to be tweaked or modified, that the program was exceptional, and all I needed to do was follow the program.

We created an outing for our scouts to travel across the channel to Catalina Island, at a camp called Camp Cherry Valley, run by the BSA. Tents were already set-up, included was a mess hall complete with three meals a day, BB gun range, bow & arrow lessons & range, hiking, swimming, and an opportunity to work on rank advancement. Included in this three day weekend, was a camp fire each night put on by the BSA personnel. Each den was to create a skit, rehearse the skit during the day, and perform the skit at the camp fire in front of 150 people. On the first night, the BSA staff put on the skits, and we all laughed and had a blast. The second night was all about the boys and their skits. As I sat on the side of that hill, watching these young boys perform their skits, a feeling came across me that was so powerful it brought me to tears. I realized that I had become part of something so incredible, so powerful, so worthy, so right!!! These kids didn’t care about politics, nor did they care about race, religion, ideological differences between the adults… No, these kids were learning how to perform in front of their peers; community service; how to be part of a whole; how to be a good citizen; respect for nature, the community, education, American history, and respect for adults.

As the years unfolded, I gained so much respect for the Boy Scouts of America organization and all of it’s millions of volunteers. I will forever be grateful for the experiences we had as a family; for the outings we shared with so many different families from all walks of life. Both of our sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. The scouting program has been under attack by progressive socialists for several years now. My motive for this article is to bring light to these attacks, and to make the citizens aware of this agenda to destroy this wonder program and it’s teachings.

WASHINGTON — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and Thomas More Law Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the Boy Scouts of America, challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union for maintaining and beautifying parks leased from the city of San Diego. The brief asks the court to consider the impact of such lawsuits on the ability of faith-based groups to provide non-religious services that have greatly benefited cities and communities since the founding of the nation.

“Groups such as the Boy Scouts shouldn’t be penalized for their beliefs, and neither should the communities that benefit from their selfless work,” said ADF Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. “The Boy Scouts of America spent millions of dollars to improve portions of two public parks that it leased from the city for a nominal fee. The Scouts allowed the public to have full access to the parks, yet two couples filed suit simply because they didn’t like the beliefs of the Scouts organization. These types of ridiculous ‘offended observer’ types of lawsuits should no longer be tolerated.”

Since 1957, the Boy Scouts have leased a 16-acre parcel at San Diego’s Balboa Park. In exchange for paying a nominal fee to the city, the Scouts were allowed to lease the park and make numerous improvements to the property, including a public campground. Hundreds of other groups have similar arrangements with the city.

In 1987, the city leased another half-acre parcel to the Scouts at Mission Bay Park. The Scouts again spent millions of dollars to build an aquatic center, which is open to the entire community on a first-come, first-served basis. The ACLU filed suit against the city, the Boy Scouts, and the Desert Pacific Council on behalf of an agnostic couple and lesbian couple who alleged that leasing public land to a private group that requires members to adhere to religious faith is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The couples are also offended that the Boy Scouts organization requires its leaders to maintain sexual ethics consistent with the organization’s beliefs.

On June 11, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the ACLU could challenge the leases, even though its clients had never even been to the parks, been exposed to any religious symbols at the parks, or been denied any services by the Boy Scouts. The Scouts are now asking the Supreme Court to take the case.

According to the ADF-TMLC brief, “The 9th Circuit’s decision represents a new threat for faith-based organizations that choose to cooperate with the government in establishing public benefit programs…. Plaintiffs in the 9th Circuit can now challenge programs like San Diego’s with nothing more than general offense at a tenet of the organization’s mission. So as long as a person feels unwelcome by the private groups’ beliefs–without any exposure to religious symbols or denial of any services–he can sue to have the program declared unconstitutional.”

For more on this story and it’s history, go here

As has been the case for far too long now, bullying tactics are implemented once again to destroy a program that refused to give in to the progressive ideology.

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The 9th circuit is not a ‘court’–it is made up of agenda groupies.

jeanie on May 10, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Just got back from DC, saw your post, had to comment.

Since 1981, Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling green, Virginia, has been the site of the U.S. Boy Scouts Jamboree. But for how long, well, that is currently up for grabs. Seems that a few organizations are trying to boot the Boy Scouts from this old Army Post. The Boy Scouts won a major case on appeal, but it is not over, yet. The ACLU, among others, somehow believe that the Boy Scouts have no business on federal lands.

What a crock. Have any members of these anti-Boy Scout groups ever been a member of the Scouts?

This insane campaign against one of the finest organizations for boys and young men rarely hits the front pages, but the threat to the BSA is very much alive.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM

coldwarrior on May 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM

You’re so right CW. The ACLU has a plan, and it’s rather simple. Use the courts and sue the BSA relentlessly until the program runs out of funds, thus is forced to shut down operations.

Thanks for the links! I sure wish people would get involved with this insane campaign and voice their opinions. Now it’s the Boy Scout program, what’s next? Piece by piece, the unraveling of our traditions.

Keemo on May 11, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I might add this CW…

My wife and I had the unique opportunity to be a part of the lives of hundreds of young boys, all of whom are now young men. We remain close to these young men today despite the fact that most of them are spread out across the country on college campuses. The bond that took place with these young men and their families during our scouting years has enriched our lives in so many ways.

Keemo on May 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Another Scouting family here! Hubs and I met at a Sea Scout (BSA)-Mariner Scout(GSUSA) Bridge & Ball. Our kids had no choice but to join Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts.

The families we have met through Scouting are among our closest friends. The experiences we have had–adults & children–have been priceless. Scouting has helped reinforce the values my husband and I want our children to have.

What bothers me most about the lawsuits brought by the ACLU is that once they tear down and break apart Scouting, they will walk away. They have nothing better to replace Scouting; they are not interested in building anything.

At a time when hundreds of thousands of young boys need positive male role models and leadership, the ACLU is more interested in scoring political points. They don’t see–or don’t care about–the long-term social cost of their actions.

March Hare on May 12, 2009 at 3:08 PM

March Hare on May 12, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Couldn’t agree with you more March Hare!

Keemo on May 12, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Excellent article. I would recommend you pick up a copy of Get Off My Honor. It’s an excellent book written by an Eagle scout from the Seattle area, talking about the exact same stuff you mentioned here.

The Boy Scouts is an excellent program, designed to teach boys and teenage young men not only skills, but morals to guide them through life. All 3 points of the oath and the 12 points of the law are very important in every day life.

JC – Eagle scout since 11/24/93

tunakermit on May 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

tunakermit on May 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Thanks for that JC! I’m real glad to hear of a book out there helping to defend this great program. Hell of a battle we are in!

Keemo on May 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM