Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Chalk One Up for the Good Guys

For anyone who has read this blog for any length of time, you should know that I am a supporter of Scouting by now.  I have written in the past about attacks on the BSA as well as attempts by scouts and friends of scouting to protect the institution.

Well, much to the consternation of liberals, the Save Our Scouts act passed the Senate the week before Christmas.

The "Support Our Scouts Act of 2005" was passed as part of legislation titled, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006. (H.R.2863), passed in the House of Representatives on 6/20/05 and on 12/21/05 passed in the Senate.

The law protects scouting units and activities (such as jamborees) by allowing equal access to government funding and recourses (such as Fort Hood which hosted the 2005 Jamboree).

(Sec. 8173) Support Our Scouts Act of 2005 - Prohibits any federal law from being construed to limit any federal agency from providing any form of support for a youth organization (including the Boy Scouts of America (Boy Scouts) or any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts) that would result in that federal agency providing less support to that youth organization (or any similar organization chartered under federal law relating to the Boy Scouts) than was provided during the preceding fiscal year.

Thus, we have moved in a positive direction in protecting the institution of scouting from one avenue of attacks by liberal groups like the ACLU.

This isn’t the end of the war.  It is, however, a great victory in one battle to keep Scouting for generations to come.