Friday, February 10, 2006

ACLU Attacks Boy Scouts, Again

Having never forgiven the Boy Scouts of America for successfully resisting ACLU attempts to foist overtly homosexual Scout leaders on them (the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Scouts could select their own leaders), the ACLU is now threatening Boy Scout charters with local governments. The ACLU feels that there is excessive mention of "God" and "reverence" among the Scouts, and that this violates the doctrine of separation of church and state.

From The Macomb Daily:
Troops of Boy Scouts in Macomb County and around the country are scuttling their organizational charter agreements with local governments, fearing legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union for requiring allegiance to God.

An official at the Boy Scouts of America's regional Clinton Valley Council, which oversees most Scout troops in Macomb and Oakland counties, confirmed this week the group is directing dozens of local packs and troops to seek out new charter agreements in the private sector rather than with government bodies because of fears of possible litigation.

"There wasn't really litigation threatened. We sent them (the Scouts) a letter saying that we'd noticed the number of these arrangements with government agencies and we were concerned," said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the ACLU of Illinois where the controversy first originated. "And they've responded by informing us they will go ahead and alter those arrangements on their own."
Technically, Yohnka isn't lying. But only technically:
The dispute about charter organizations stems from a lawsuit the ACLU of Illinois brought against the U.S. Department of Defense and Chicago Public Schools. That case spawned a federal judge's injunction last summer against some federal funding to the Scouts, but Yohnka explained that during the discovery or information-sharing phase of the case that the ACLU became aware of other public charter organizations elsewhere.
It would seem that the Support Our Scouts Act of 2005 is no longer enough to keep this utterly despicable organization from molesting our young people.

Jay at Stop the ACLU has more, including an interview with a former ACLU lawyer who now refers to the organization as a "fanatical anti-faith Taliban of American religious secularism".

Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.