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National backers of the character creed of the Boy Scouts of America have organized an event called “Stand with Scouts Sunday” for this coming weekend.
Organizers hope to rally friends of the Scouting program to urge Boy Scout leaders to preserve the moral principles that have been the hallmark of the organization.
The National Council of the Boy Scouts will be voting on a resolution in late May that would abandon the central mission of the Scout Promise that a Scout be “physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
Under the resolution proposed by Scout executives, boys who affirm homosexuality would be welcomed into Scout troops and Cub Scout packs. Unlike a previous resolution, homosexual men would not be permitted as Scout leaders.
The key difference in the new resolution is that there would be no local option provision. The numerous Scout troops which are chartered by religious organizations would be required to relax their standards on sexual morality.
“This is no compromise; it is capitulation, plain and simple,” says David Cortman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “This is only the beginning of a sea change, as those promoting this agenda won’t rest until there is complete acceptance of homosexual preference for both leaders and members.”
Scout executives are pushing forward with the radical change in the tenets of Scouting despite a recent two-year study that found that retaining the organization’s current moral standards was in the best interests of the Boy Scouts.
Scout officials are plowing ahead with the new “gay-friendly” policy despite the fact that the vast majority of those involved in Scouting oppose the change.
Approximately 200,000 individuals responded to a recent questionnaire concerning the policy change. Respondents supported the present policy by a 61 to 34 percent margin, and 72 percent of existing chartered organizations opposed the change.
“The new policy requires all Scouting families and faith-based organizations that object to homosexuality on religious grounds to affirm its validity,” says Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council.
“This change would introduce open and overt sexuality into an organization that is designed to foster character and leadership, thereby clouding Scouting’s most fundamental purposes.”
The impetus behind the change is a threat by corporate donors to the Boy Scouts to withdraw their financial support for the national organization unless the Boy Scouts open their doors to homosexuals. Some corporations like United Parcel Service have already halted their donations.
Corporate executives who serve on the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America have also been working from the inside to press national leaders to cater to the homosexual cause. Most notable among them is AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
A webcast will be held this Sunday, May 5th, at 6PM by the coalition urging the Boy Scouts to stand strong in preserving the fundamental principles of the Scout oath. You can participate in the webcast or find out more information about hosting the “Stand with Scouting” simulcast by using this link: Stand with Scouts Webcast
You can also download a brochure to share with local Scout leaders called “Stand on the Oath: Don’t Change the Membership Standards,” by clicking this link: Stand on the Oath Brochure
You can also check out another website developed by a coalition of active and former Scouts working to “keep sex and politics out of the Boy Scouts.” The group is called “On My Honor,” and their website can be found at this link: On My Honor
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Learn more about the Missouri Family Policy Council.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Monday that counties, cities and school districts offering benefits to domestic partners are violating the state Constitution.
“General Abbott’s opinion now makes it clear — Pflugerville Independent School District (ISD) and other local governmental entities in Texas are in clear violation,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values.
Austin Independent School District (ISD) is attempting to become the second school district to give legal recognition to domestic partnerships. El Paso and Travis counties, as well as cities including Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso already do so.
Abbott concludes that the state Constitution “prohibits political subdivisions from creating a legal status of domestic partnership and recognizing that status by offering public benefits based upon it.” The opinion underscores that a “political subdivision” includes “cities, counties and school districts.”
Texas lawmakers are considering HB 1568, which would provide for specific measures against school districts that are in violation.
“Pflugerville ISP and Austin ISD are teaching their students a terrible lesson about the importance of following the law, if these rogue school districts don’t immediately end their unconstitutional policy,” Saenz explained. “This issue just highlights the need for accountability and enforcement of the Texas Constitution, as addressed by HB 1568.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read the AG’s opinion.
Learn more about HB 1568.
An ESPN reporter who spoke out in support of God’s design for marriage Monday is under attack from mainstream media critics and homosexual activists. CitizenLink is encouraging people to contact the sports network to voice support for Chris Broussard and his First Amendment Rights.
The media’s treatment of this “goes to the issue of tolerance versus acceptance,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center.
The media do not accept people with traditional views, Gainor told CitizenLink. “You are the villain of whatever story they are doing,” if you do not abandon your biblical values.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines (OTL), Broussard called homosexuality — and any sex outside of marriage — a sin. He was discussing openly gay players in the NBA. The discussion followed NBA veteran Jason Collins’ first-person article posted earlier that day on the Sports Illustrated website where he announced his homosexuality. Collins is the first active player in one of four major professional sports leagues in U.S. to come out as gay.
Broussard said during the interview that as a Christian, he doesn’t agree with homosexuality.
“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly … like premarital sex between heterosexuals…It says that, you know, that’s a sin,” he explained. “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever in may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.”
His comments were “perfectly fine,” Gainor said, calling Broussard “a good guy.” In 2010, he co-founded K.I.N.G., an organization dedicated to empowering men to become godly role models.
ESPN released a statement late Monday noting its regret that the discussion became a distraction from the day’s news.
Broussard released a statement Monday.
“Today on OTL, as a part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before,” he said. “I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA.”
Please contact ESPN and ask the cable network to protect Chris Broussard’s First Amendment rights: free speech and religious freedom.
You can call ESPN at 1-888-549-3776 (ESPN). Press #3 for television programs.
You can email ESPN via its website.
The email form requires information about the program you are writing about. Click “ESPN/ESPN HD”, the category is TV Studio Shows, the program is “Outside the Lines” and topic is “on air personalities.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Watch Chris Broussard talk about God’s design for marriage.
Read Joe Dallas’ timely blog on athletes, homosexuality and the Bible.