Thursday, July 28, 2005

    Go Scouts!

    This past Tuesday the U.S. Senate voted to allow U.S. military bases to continue hosting Boy Scout events. I found out about this first at the Stop The ACLU site - good work! In 1999, the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit claiming the Pentagon's sponsorship of such Boy Scout activities violates the First Amendment. The ACLU argues that direct government sponsorship of the group amounts to discrimination. I went to a Boy Scout site and found the reason the ACLU hates this foundation of American values:
    Scout Oath (or Promise):
    On my honor I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and my country
    and to obey the Scout Law;
    To help other people at all times;
    To keep myself physically strong,
    mentally awake, and morally straight.
    Scout Law:
    • TRUSTWORTHY - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him
    • LOYAL - A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation
    • HELPFUL - A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward
    • FRIENDLY - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own
    • COURTEOUS - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together
    • KIND - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason
    • OBEDIENT - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them
    • CHEERFUL - A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy
    • THRIFTY -A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property
    • BRAVE - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him
    • CLEAN - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean
    • REVERENT - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others
    Scout Motto
    Be Prepared
    Scout Slogan
    Do a Good Turn Daily
    Obvious why the ACLU has targeted these little fellows, as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They have core values, and core values are exactly what the ACLU hates.


    T. Logan said...

    GREAT POST. I added you to my site, thank you!

    The Rambling Taoist said...

    As usual, you've missed the salient point. The issue is NOT what the Boy Scouts of America stand for; no, you stated the issue clearly (and then ignored your own statement): "The ACLU argues that direct government sponsorship of the group amounts to discrimination." It's merely a constitutional issue.

    Over its long history, the ACLU has stood up for a disparite group of individuals and organizations -- from Martin Luther King, Jr. to the KKK. They've defended labor unions and yet now they are currently defending Nike, Inc.

    You see, people such as you focus your attention on extraneous issues (i.e., whether you like/dislike or agree/disagree with the particular person or group involved in an ACLU suit). Each time you do this you MISS the key point entirely. This post offers a telling example.