In a recent ruling, the Democratic-controlled
California State Assembly rejected a resolution to honor the Boy Scouts
on their 85th anniversary. The resolution, introduced by
Robert Pacheco, received 37 votes in favor of the Boy Scouts; it needed
41 votes to pass the 80-member Assembly. The goal of the resolution,
in Pacheco own words, was "to recognize the Boy Scoutsí significant
contributions to our communities and the lives of millions of boys
during the past 85 years. "
Ever since it was granted a federal charter on
June 15, 1916, the Boy Scouts have provided young boys with excellent
role models of upstanding men in their communities, instilling principles
of leadership, citizenship, and service.
According to Pacheco, "The Boy Scouts is
a well-respected organization and deserves our recognition for its
long standing presence in our community. Democrats sent a message
to millions of our youth that the legislature condemns the positive
influence the Boy Scouts have made to our society. Their failure to
support the values learned in scouting is disheartening and a slap
in the face to Boy Scouts everywhere."
Undoubtedly, the greatest source of rejection
of the Boy Scouts has stemmed from their stand against homosexuals
participating as Boy Scout Troop Leaders. As a private organization,
the Boy Scouts are allowed to set moral standards for their leadership.
And, according to their rules of membership, the homosexual lifestyle
is simply unethical to the principles by which the Boy Scouts are
taught to live.
Although their stand for morality has been costly,
it has also created a new level of support and appreciation by similar
community organizations and ministries who share the conviction of
principle established by the Boy Scouts of America.
(Julie Foster, "California Politicians Reject
Boy Scouts," WorldNetDaily.com, July 25, 2001)
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