Sunday, March 27, 2005

Save our Scouts Act

In case you haven't noticed, the institution of scouting in America has come under increasing attack. First in 2000, the Boy Scouts were labeled as bigots when they refuse to admit homosexuals as scouts or leaders. Personally, I don't think I would feel comfortable letting one of my son's go on an overnight excursion with a gay scout leader any more than letting a teen-aged girl go on a camping trip with a heterosexual man.

Then, in 2002 the Boy Scouts drew some heat for expelling an Eagle Scout for not professing a belief in a god. Not just the Christian God, but any god. Spiritual Growth being one of the core purposes of Scouting, atheism is deemed to be antithema to Scouting's goals.

Now, the ACLU has forced the Department of Defense to issue an order that military units are no longer able to sponsor Boy Scout or Cub Scout Units. So, now the ACLU considers the Boy Scouts to be a religious organization because they can't force them to take homosexuals or atheists. Ok, got it.

Coming to the defense of the Scouts, are Senators Bill Frist and Alexander both of whom are Eagle Scouts. They have sposored legislation to help protect Scouting.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will introduce legislation in the next few days "to ensure that the Boy Scouts of America are treated fairly by guaranteeing their right to equal access to public facilities, forums, and programs."

It is about time that Americans of conscience stand up and support the Boy Scouts. Few institutions remain today that strive to develop the character of our young people. The public school system has become obsessed with providing children with positive self esteem, rather than the means to develop it themselves. Our culture has become far too concerned with what we want, or what feels good, rather than what is right. Now more than ever we need groups like the Boy Scouts. And more than ever organizations on the Left side of America seek to subvert groups like the Boy Scouts.

“Since 1910, Boy Scout membership has totaled more than 110 million young Americans,” said Frist. “Today, more than 3.2 million youths and more than 1.2 million adults are members of the Boy Scouts. This unique American institution is committed to preparing our youth for the future by instilling in them values such as honesty, integrity, and character. The Boy Scouts depend on equal access to public facilities and participation in public programs and forums. The legislation I’ll be introducing ensures that the Boy Scouts are treated fairly by guaranteeing their right to equal access to public facilities, forums, and programs. This legislation will allow the Boy Scouts to fulfill its mission without the distraction of defending itself against senseless attacks.”