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Another reason for the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on openly gay adults serving in their organization. 

h/t: Josh Israel at Think Progress LGBT

Starting January 1 of 2014, the Boy Scouts of America will put into practice the inclusive policy that welcomes openly gay youth interested in joining the organization.

After much lobbying from grassroots advocates and Scouting families across the country, BSA approved the policy in May 2013 with support from 60% of the voting committee members. While openly LGBT parents and adults are still banned from being Scout leaders, 2014 will start off with a giant victory towards equality in Scouting.

Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member, said he anticipates the implementation to a be a non-issue within the troops, according to the Associated Press. “My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare.” He continued, “it’s business as usual, nothing happens, and we move forward.”

The AP further reported that the Roman Catholic and Mormon Churches, major donors to BSA, plan to continue supporting the organization. On its website, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting spoke on the issue, and stated, “The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that individuals who disclose a same-sex attraction are to be treated with the same dignity due all human beings.”

While some individual parishes and community members may be cautious of what the lifted ban will bring, GLAAD is confident that equal treatment for all kids and teens, ultimately, can only enhance the Boy Scouts’ values of service and participating citizenship.

H/T: GLAAD

Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted Cruz and the Texas Senator’s number one surrogate, is a favorite among Tea Party and Religious Right activists with his birther, Christian Nationalist and End Times-focused speeches. 

Back in June, he spoke to a Texas men’s prayer breakfast where he denounced the theory of evolution as a lie that, along with gay rights, will bring about communism. “There is nothing scientific about evolution,” Cruz said. “Evolution is one of the strongest tools of Marxism because if they can convince you that you came from a monkey, it’s much easier to convince you that God does not exist.” 

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He also discussed the Supreme Court marriage cases, which at the time of this speech had not been decided, and the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to include openly gay members under the age of eighteen.

Cruz lamented that the Boy Scouts ended the organization’s ban on gay youth, which his PowerPoint presentation said would lead to “Increased risk that our children would be exposed to sexual predators,” and lamented that some churches may continue their ties with the Boy Scouts.

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Bigoted Antigay ‘Christian’ Version of Boy Scouts, “Trail Life USA’ Launches

The right-wing, christian extremist, anti-gay version of the Boy Scouts of America called The Hitlerjugend Trail Life USA launched yesterday to much “indifference” with special guest speaker Mike “Go Fuck Yourself”Huckabee!

The Washington Times reports:

At the opening session, John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, teased the crowd saying he would not be surprised if there were “spies” from Grapevine, Texas — BSA’s home base — in the audience. That would make sense, since everyone from supporters to the curious want to know what’s being planned, he said, adding that Trail Life USA will not be “anti-BSA.” The conference’s theme is “Honoring the Legacy, Raising the Standard.” Trail Life USA’s name, drawn from more than 300 options, was carefully vetted and is intended not to be political or controversial, organizers said. “Trail” refers to a pathway and being outdoors, but also symbolizes the passage of life, where there are moral choices, and right and wrong paths, said Mr. Stemberger.

Trail Life USA’s Membership Standards include that members do not engage in or promote sexual immorality of any kind, or engage in behavior that would become a distraction.  Also  that “scouts” for lack of a better word, must be biologically male children under the age of 18.

Trail Life USA states that the basis for the program’s ethical and moral standards are found in the Bible. and that that any sexual activity outside the context of the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is sinful before God and therefore inconsistent with the values and principles of the program.

Gee. I wonder if self-flagellation is a merit-badge?

You can check out their indoctrination video here and be sure to visit Trail Life USA’s Facebook page HERE  and leave a message..

Boy Scouts and adult volunteers wore their uniforms Sunday as they marched in Utah’s gay pride parade — defying a leader of the youth organization who had said they couldn’t do so under the organization’s guidelines prohibiting advocating political or social positions.

The Utah Pride Festival Parade came a little more than a week after national delegates of the Boy Scouts of America approved allowing gay youth to join, ending controversial membership guidelines that had in recent years dogged one of the nation’s most popular organizations for children and teens.

"It just feels like the right thing to do," Kenji Mikesell, an 18-year-old Eagle Scout and high school senior still active with his troop, said before leaving for the parade in Salt Lake City in his uniform.

"It’s kind of a way of saying we want you here,” added Mikesell, who marched with Mormons Building Bridges and whose troop is chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Scouting has been a very positive influence in my life, and I’d like to see more people take advantage of it now that the ban has been lifted.”

Peter Brownstein, a Scoutmaster in Salt Lake City who helped organize the Boy Scouts participation in the march, said a few adults and youth marched at the front of the parade in uniform, including a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout and his stepdad, an Eagle Scout, who borrowed a uniform to wear, and an Asst. Scoutmaster.

But a local leader of the Boy Scouts had said Friday that they were prohibited from doing so

"We as a Scouting movement do not advocate any social or political position, so I reminded Mr. Brownstein that we do not wear uniforms at an event like this," said Rick Barnes, chief scout executive of the Great Salt Lake Council, which consists of more than 75,000 youth. "We do not, as Boy Scouts, show support for any social or political position. We’re neutral. If he wants to attend the parade and others do that are Scouts or Scouters, they’re welcome to do so as private citizens wearing whatever they want except their uniform.

“That’s our official position. It always has been, there’s nothing new here,” he added. “We just don’t want people to use the Boy Scouts to advocate their positions.”

It wasn’t clear what the consequences of wearing their uniforms would be. 

Scouts for Equality, a group that campaigns for the LGBT community to be welcomed in Scouting, had said that members of the Boy Scouts have previously marched in pride parades elsewhere. But they called for youth and adults in the Utah Scouting program to abide by Barnes’ call and not wear their formal uniforms in the parade.

H/T: NBCnews.com

Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality appeared on VCY America’s Crosstalk yesterday to discuss the recent decision by the Boy Scouts to include openly gay members under the age of 18 and the upcoming vote on marriage equality legislation in the Illinois State House. Understandably, LaBarbera was quite despondent and even resigned to increasing gay rights victories, warning that “God is giving us over to our sin.”

LaBarbera: I’ll tell you, I fear for our country, I believe God is giving us over to our sin. It seems that way to me, I don’t have a red phone to the Lord but it just seems that America is on such a precipitous decline, you know God seems to be saying: ‘You want homosexuality? You want abortion? Here, go ahead and have it.’ We’re a free society. The culture war on this issue alone is frightening, how much more resources and money the pro-sin side—which would be the homosexual side, that’s a sin—how much more resources they bring than to the side of righteousness and in a free society the people who bring the most organization, resources, money and people win and that’s what’s happening.

During the program, host Jim Schneider read Michael Swift’s obviously satirical “Gay Manifesto,” the 1987 essay which facetiously talks about gay “private armies” that will “conquer the world” and defeat the “hetero swine,” as if it was a serious political treatise, lamenting that “we are seeing item by item virtually everything that he has laid out here to be fulfilled today.”

LaBarbera called Swift’s piece “demonic” and “shockingly evil,” while even he admitted that it “may have been a satirical essay.”

Schneider later claimed that “same-sex assaults that are taking place in the military are just drastically on the increase” since the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was lifted.” As we have already pointed out, however, CNN has reported that the current sexual assault rate among active duty men has “remained unchanged” from 2010, the year before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed.

From the 05.28.2013 edition of VCY America’s Crosstalk:

h/t: RWW

Within minutes of a news that the Boy Scouts of America had voted to end the organization’s ban on gay scouts last week, John Stemberger, who had been leading the fight to retain the ban, announced that he was removing his sons from the program and ending his affiliation with it.

On Friday, Stemberger joined End Times radio host Rick Wiles to discuss the vote as the two lamented that the “God-hating socialists” are “ripping the heart out of the American people” and warning that this was just the latest battle in the revolution being waged by Communist-Marxists to destroy this nation: 

Wiles: This is what the God-hating socialists in this country is doing to the fabric of America; they’re ripping the heart out of the American people.

Stemberger: Yes.  That’s exactly right and it breaks my hear. It literally breaks my heart.

Wiles: You know John, what is really sad about this is that the Marxist-Communists that are in control of this country right now - I mean, I don’t know how you feel, but we really are under a Communist revolution.  And if anybody is around fifty to a hundred years from now and looks back, they’re going to go ‘wow, there was a Communist revolution taking place at the beginning of the 21st century.’ And whether we survive it or not, that remains to be determined.

But that sad thing is that the Marxist-Communists in America have won on this issue regardless of what happens.  Because if parents keep their boys in the Boy Scouts, the Communists have still won because the boys will be eventually lead towards accepting homosexuality. They’re going to destroy the moral culture of hundreds of thousands of boys all over America.

But if parents pull their children out, the Marxist-Communists have won also because they’ve destroyed a fine organization that for more than a hundred years has stood for honor and integrity and God and country.  So either way, the Marxist-Communists have won on this issue.

Stemberger: Yep. Yep. It’s very sad.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wiles-god-hating-socialists-are-ripping-heart-out-american-people-bsa-vote

Boy Scouts: Will anti-gay troops emerge? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Boy Scout Pascal Tessier is congratulated by Justin Buckford of Scouts for Equality, after hearing that the Boy Scouts of America had passed a resolution allowing openly gay scouts. Tessier is a Life scout who was unable to become an Eagle scout unless the resolution passed…


 

(via Fischer on AFR’s Focal Point: “The Boy Scouts Are Now the ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’”| Right Wing Watch)

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer weighed in on the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay scouts last night. 

Admitting that he was shocked by the vote since he was positive that it was going to be retained, Fischer declared that the BSA should change its name to the “Boy Sodomizers of America.” Fischer eventually read a passage from the Book of Luke in which Jesus says it is better to have a stone tied around ones neck and be tossed into the sea than to lead a child to sin as a warning to BSA leaders that they will face the judgment of God for endorsing this change in policy.

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Governor of Texas and failed GOP 2012 Presidential candidate Rick Perry took to Twitter this morning to pray to the Lord Almighty that the Boy Scouts of America uphold the teachings of Jesus and discriminate against those filthy, filthy gays.

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Rick Perry got his way…SORT OF. The Boy Scouts of America will now allow openly gay scouts, however they are still banning gay scout leaders. Basically, the Boy Scouts would like all the gays under 18 to stand up tall and proud and come out of that closet…and then promptly get yourself back in that closet when you turn 18.

Still, some are VERY UNHAPPY that the Boy Scouts are no longer discriminating against gay CHILDREN. The following people are not only horrible bigots, but even more embarrassing,  they are with the man who can’t remember three things, Rick Perry!

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“Gays want everything nowadays.”

“Why do ‘homos’ infiltrate ever piece of society?!?!”

“‘Faggots’ wanna take over everything now.”

Can’t believe gay people have the nerve to want to be treated just like EVERYBODY ELSE!

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THE GAY MAFIA. L O F’N L.

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Not everyone can be as creative as Abraham here with simply adding his two cents of “fags.”

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Hear that gays? You are the root of all evil! 

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‘Butt Scouts.’ Such a wordsmith!

Garrett and Mikey over here seem to believe for some odd reason that the Boy Scouts are some government run operation and that the “law” has been changed by “judges.” You’re right, Garrett! What is the world coming to? So many idiots such as yourself!

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Poor Fred here must have heard the news through the grapevine, because he’s wrong about scout leaders. The pedophile part though is really why gay scouts are banned though, the folks that run Boy Scouts of America assume gay adult men = pedophiles.

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THANKS, OBAMA.

And if you don’t blame him directly it’s those liberal heathens’ fault!

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Now, let’s hear from good ole’ Fox News host Todd Starnes

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Ah, yes. That’s all the gays are about! SEX SEX SEX! They can’t do anything withsexualizing it! That’s why the straights never ever come across gay people when they go about their daily business.

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lmao.

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Yes! Let the mass exodus of bigots’ shitty demon spawn begin!

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Finally, I leave you with ole’ noted nutjob Bryan Fischer. He sees the writing on the walls for the Boy Scouts of America and has written an absolutely beautiful obituary

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Tears in my eyes, Bryan. Tears in my eyes…

…from all the fucking laughter.

glaad:

The Boy Scouts of America has just voted to end the ban on gay Scouts in a major victory for gay youth. We will keep the pressure on until they remove the ban on gay and lesbian parents and leaders as well. http://glaad.org/scouts