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‘Stay Gay Hating,’ Texas Lawmakers Tell The Boy Scouts

‘Stay Gay Hating,’ Texas Lawmakers Tell The Boy Scouts

More than 60 Texas lawmakers and officials have signed an open letter to the Boy Scouts urging the organization to keep its “traditional values” or, as it’s better known, deeply offensive anti-gay policy.

The open letter, which is dated February 2 but has gained renewed media attention because of the level of support it has received from Texas lawmakers and officials, urges the Boy Scouts to stay “morally strong” and to resist the “liberal social agenda”:

As state elected officials, we strongly encourage the Boy Scouts of America to stick with their decades of support for family values and moral principles. Capitulating to the liberal social agenda not only undermines the very principles of scouting, but sets the stage for the erosion of an organization that has defined the American experience for generations of young men.

The American experience for a number of young men in the Scouts has been sexual abuse, something the Scouts has allegedly covered up while seeking to shield said abusers. The appeal to history falls flat.

The letter continues:

Scouts begin each meeting with an Oath, “to do my duty, to God and my country, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” By caving in to pressure from the social left, the national leadership would violate each of those principles.

The inference here being gay inclusion will make the Boy Scouts weak, dumb, morally corrupt and treasonous? The LGBT-accepting Girl Scouts have always seemed a tad suspicious.

Worse still,…

Worse? How could it get worse? Churches could be sued! (Not really):

…the contemplated national policy would throw to the wolves chartering organizations and scout troops that choose to stick with scouting’s historic and legally protected policy. Left to defend themselves from legal attacks, we fear many churches and other entities will choose to simply abandon scouting altogether — it will be the safer course, and one hastening the organization’s eventual collapse.

And then a dire warning:

Rest assured that while adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might earn temporary kudos, you can never do enough to appease those who want to see the scouts robbed of their moral authority.

When did the Boy Scouts ever have moral authority?

They finish:

We urge you to be morally and physically strong. We urge you to protect all that scouting has been, and all that it can remain.

Signatories include Governor Rick Perry (R), Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-Bonham); State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco); State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels); Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; State Board of Education Member Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio); and Collin County Judge Keith Self, to name just a few.

The Boy Scouts announced earlier this year that, after staunch criticism over a number of Boy Scouts members and leaders being turfed out because the Scouts found out they were gay, the organization planned to consider a measure to allow local chapters to set their own policy on gay membership.

When Religious Right groups piled on the pressure to keep the ban, claiming this was akin to a big homosexual bomb that would blow the whole organization to smithereens, the Boy Scouts of America decided to take the cowardly route and defer a vote on a change until May.

The association likely hoped to let the furor over their anti-gay ban die down. It has not.

In the past week, the Grammy award-winning band Train and the singer Carly Rae Jepsen have both turned down appearing at the Boy Scouts of America National Summer Jamboree because of the association’s gay ban.

Said Canadian songstress Jepsen in a tweet, “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”

“I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe,” Jepsen added.

 

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6 Signs of Trouble for the Anti-Gay Boy Scouts of America

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10:25AM PDT on May 25, 2013

USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans

Is there a connection between beautiful New England and entire American cities turned into smoking rubble? There is.
Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a "sin" city (San Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.
Oddly it's been the place where America started that's wanted to be the first place to help bring about the end of America and its values! It's been a Nor'easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill the end time "days of Lot" predicted in Luke 17) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in 2004.
New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land of the Great Awakening to God's Future Shakening that will make the Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
The same Nor'easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks can share in lava-land!
The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten because of same-sexism - including American cities - a scenario I'll have to accept since I can't create my own universe and decree rules for it.
I've just been analyzing the world's terminal "

2:17PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

This open letter talks about . . . “traditional values” or, as it’s better known, deeply offensive anti-gay policy. The writers are concerned about preserving "family values and moral principles".

My dad grew up the youngest in a very pro-scouting family, met BP personally at the World Jamboree in Hungary in 1936. His best buddy and co-scout, later named as my guardian in my parents' will, was gay any we knew it and loved him for the person he was.

To this day I feel really comfortable around gays, because I know that we can have intelligent and stimulating conversations with no danger that he will hit on me and blame me for "leading him on" when all I was interested in was the conversation.

And no, for the curious, I have never been even remotely tempted to explore the lesbian scene. What consenting adults do in their private moments is totally their own business, and if I love Rachel Maddow, it is for her brain, not her body. I enjoy good looks as much as anyone, but that's where it ends.

4:36AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

I'll say it again....give Texas back to Mexico.

7:21PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Oh brother... when will the fear dissipate?

6:38AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

saying that people who believe in sin are not intelligent is bigoted in itself. the people onthis site make me sad and make me laugh at the same time. I have yet to see one intelligent debate on this site most of the time it's bashing Christians.Name calling and ridiculing are not intelligent. Everyone is different we should accept each others differences and respect each others opinions, but I doubt that will ever happen on care2

4:25AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

I don't think so. Maybe lesbians.

1:37AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

All I can say is: disgusting. Way to go to teach children moral values, i.e. hating on gays.
This will really help our society! *sarcasm*

2:12AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

That's right, James W.
Bullying a 12-year-old student to death, is a CRIME in some places - and it ought to be so everywhere. And, all agree it is an EVIL thing to do.
However, it is not a "SIN". There is NO "supernatural punishment" by a god. Lightning doesn't come down and strike the bully. Nor does the bully go to "hell" because there's no such place.
The only concept of a "SIN", is something arbitrary that offends a god. For example, even THINKING about sex, is considered a "SIN" in some religions, altho it harms no-one and is not even noticeable, outside of a person's head {usually}.
There is a CONTINUUM, from "really bad behavior", such as being rude, to TRUE EVIL - such as is manifested by BP killing wildlife with oil spills. And Hitler and concentration camps. However, no supernatural being came down to stop, or to punish, either one of those things.
About the 10 Commandments - don't get me started! Our whole CAPITALIST SYSTEM, our whole ECONOMY, is based on ENCOURAGING people to "COVET" what is their neighbor's...

5:15PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

The 10 Commandments are considered "sins." Isn't it a matter of definition? Perhaps we should call them the 10 Really Bad Bahaviors. Then we could teach them in schools again. Afterall, bullying a fellow 12 yr. old student to death isn't sinful, it's bad behavior.

4:34PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Well said BMT

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