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Baptists, Mormons Both Slam Boy Scouts Over Gay Leadership

About 70 percent of the roughly 100,000 U.S. Boy Scout units are sponsored by religious institutions, and many said the Monday decision runs counter to the moral standards set by the 105-year-old youth organization.

“We express consummate sadness that this once vibrant organization continues to cave to social pressure, compromising its long-held, constitutionally protected tenets,” said Roger “Sing” Oldham, a spokesman for the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention.

Even though the decision permits religious organizations to exclude gay adults in keeping with their beliefs, other major conservative church groups also criticized the change, which took effect with the vote Monday by the National Executive Board.

The largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has said it was “deeply troubled” by the move, adding the Mormons’ “century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined.”

The church was unable to make a decision quickly on whether to remain with the Boy Scouts because its top leaders — including the president, his two counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — were off with their families in July, Dane O. Leavitt, a Mormon leader who serves as the liaison with the Boy Scouts, told The New York Times. (Read more from “Baptists, Mormons Both Slam Boy Scouts Over Gay Leadership” HERE)

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After 105 Years, Boy Scouts Officially Lift Ban on Gay Leadership – With One Exception

As expected, the Boy Scouts of America lifted the ban on gay adult scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters on Monday. The decision will allow gay and bi-sexual adults, both male and female, to volunteer in troops across the country.

Although the lift is expected to anger the more conservative scout base, the organization will still allow for individual troops to enforce their own rules regarding the admittance of scouts. In other words, troops that wish to exclude gay troop leaders may continue enforcing the ban.

The largest religious institution within the Boy Scouts – the Mormon Church – has expressed their desire to not leave the organization, as long as they are able to continue banning gay scouts and leaders. Likewise, the Catholic Church will continue to be involved with Scouting on the same condition.

James Dale, an Eagle Scout who in 1991 was excluded from serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster because he is gay, is not happy with the decision:

“This is not a bold measure… A bold measure would be ending discrimination.” (Read more from “After 105 Years, Boy Scouts Officially Lift Ban on Gay Leadership – With One Exception” HERE)

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Ex-Boy Scout Admits to Killing Former Troop Leader Who He Says Raped Him [+video]

A former Boy Scout pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his troop leader, who he claimed had raped him over many years.

In a tense and emotional courtroom in Newton, New Jersey, Clark Fredericks admitted to killing former Boy Scout leader and Sussex sheriff’s officer Dennis Pegg three years ago.

“From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” said Fredericks.

He said he never told anyone about the rapes even as, he claimed, Pegg also raped his best friend Jeff. Jeff committed suicide in 1983, Fredericks said . . .

Fredericks said he got drunk, snorted cocaine, and with friend Bob Reynolds — who police arrested as an accomplice — went to Pegg’s Stillwater home with a hunting knife Pegg had given him back in scouting. (Read more from “Ex-Boy Scout Admits to Killing Former Troop Leader Who He Says Raped Him” HERE)

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Boy Scouts Welcome Homosexual Adult Leaders

Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, told a meeting of the National Organization last Thursday that the time has come to end the ban on homosexual adult leaders. Gates cited the many cultural changes taking place under threat from homosexual activists, which occurred much faster than he expected. Given anti-discrimination laws in several states, and same-sex marriage decisions where the courts had overthrown State Constitutional Amendments (such as has occurred in Alaska), Gates stated “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

Robert Gate’s background includes service as Secretary of Defense, where he has trod this path before, knuckling under to gay activists and repealing the “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” policy. Since then, gay and lesbian “marriage” and associated publicly funded benefits have been forced on the military. Military Chaplains, consequently, have been vigorously prosecuted for offering a biblical opinion, even in private counseling situations.

Despite erroneous media reports, the BSA change is not yet in effect. However, Gates is giving public notice that fundamental changes are coming. To his credit, he made clear that he desires to “change our policy to allow charter partners – Unit Sponsoring Organizations – to determine the standards for their Scout leaders. Such an approach would allow all churches, which sponsor some 70% of our Scout Units, to establish leadership standards consistent with their faith. We must, at all costs, preserve the religious freedom of our church partners to do this.”

However, this approach is problematic for several reasons: First; it throws the burden of legally defending traditional values upon the churches and Christ-centered non-profits which charter BSA Troops across the country. Once activists target one or two out of the thousands of these churches in selected lawsuits, precedent will be set and deferral to faith-based Chartering Organizations will be at great risk.

In addition, this approach may put the churches themselves at risk beyond their affiliation with BSA: The BSA is not a Christ centered program, so the church is at risk when it charters a BSA unit, and then claims a religious expression exemption as to why it won’t accept gay leaders.

Overall, Gate’s announcement highlights the fact that a character-development organization can scarcely accomplish it’s mission if it lacks what C.S. Lewis called “an eternal reference point.” For Christians, this is Scripture, and Scripture makes clear reference to what is appropriate, moral sexual behavior, and what is not.

Gate’s announcement comes as BSA membership plunged for a second year following the adoption of it’s most recent policy, which allows gay youth but not gay adult leaders. Deeper analysis is even more troubling, in that Cub Scouts are suffering an even steeper decline in many Councils.

Of course, the truly “tolerant” approach would be to live and let live. Activists could establish another scouting organization to advance and promote leftist values, and leave the Boy Scouts alone. However, just as homosexual activists have used raw governmental power to silence Christians in the military, they are now using all tools available to remake America’s bedrock institutions into their own image, and with the help of a complicit, leftist judiciary, silencing all dissent.

AFC encourages parents to be vigilant, and carefully monitor the upcoming proposal. Those who care about our youth, and Scouting in particular, would do well to read the text of Robert Gates comments HERE to gain a full understanding of the issues.

And the Girl Scouts…

Girl-Scouts-Transgender-Males.jpgThe previous week, Girl Scouts USA published it’s policy allowing the enrollment of transgendered youth: “If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.”

The complete policy may be found HERE.

This means girls in the organization will be learn from an early age to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle.

As with BSA,, Girl Scouts USA is losing members – down over a million since 2003. While there are many outstanding Girl Scout volunteers, the national organization’s curriculum continues to point girls toward leftist, “progressive” role models and organizations. More well-documented concerns about the GS USA national organization can be found at Speak Now Girl Scouts.

Alaska Family Council urges parents to be familiar with the leaders and policies of any organization that they entrust to influence the character formation of their children. We recall the words of our Savior “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Mark 9:42

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Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind

By Douglas Earnst. The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website

The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball. […] Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

The manual includes a lengthy list of other prohibited items — boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, spear guns and throwing stars. Scouts also may not use “marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth.” (Read more from “Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind” HERE)

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Fox Host: Boy Scouts Ban On Water Guns Is ‘Emasculating’ Future CIA Agents

By Ahiza Garcia. A Fox News co-host said on Wednesday that a Boy Scouts ban on water guns and limitation on the size of water balloons was proof that boys were being emasculated.

“Outnumbered” co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is married to former MTV “Real World” star and current Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), said the ban would have an effect on future generations of America’s spies and soldiers.

“If we keep emasculating our boys and not letting boys be boys,” Campos-Duffy said, “how are we gonna raise the next generation of hardcore CIA operatives, Navy SEALS?”

“That was a very nice, unloaded question,” former CIA officer and “One Lucky Guy,” Mike Baker said.

Baker ultimately agreed with Campos-Duffy. (Read more from “Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind” HERE)

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Troop Leader: Border Agent Held Boy Scout at Gunpoint

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Photo Credit: AP

A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by Border Patrol agents and one child allegedly was held at gunpoint.

Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning.

As their vans were moving through a checkpoint into the United States, one of the scouts snapped a photograph. Agents stopped the van and ordered all the passengers to get out. They told the underage photographer that he had committed a federal crime.

“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and ten years in prison,” Fox told Des Moines television station KCCI.

During the search, one of the scouts tried to retrieve a bag from the roof carrier. When he turned around, Fox said a border guard had a loaded pistol pointed at the child.

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Boy Scouts Shrink 6 Percent After 1 Year of Allowing Gay Members

Photo Credit: Luis M. AlvarezThe Boy Scouts of America experienced a modest dip in membership in 2013, but not the mass exodus that some social conservatives predicted while it was considering changing its membership policy on gays.

Boy Scouts membership fell by 6 percent last year, leaving it with nearly 2.5 million youth members and 960,000 adult members.

Reasons for the attrition, which is slightly greater than the 4 percent losses in 2012 and similar-sized declines in several previous years, are not fully understood but are likely related to the divisive vote on admitting openly gay youths to Scouts as well as a 60 percent increase in annual membership dues.

It’s “impossible to point to any single factor that influences our membership numbers,” Deron Smith, director of communications for Boy Scouts of America, said Wednesday.

But on social media sites the May vote on gay youths has been cited as a factor, and Trail Life USA, a Christian-based, outdoor, character-building group for boys and young men, says Boy Scout defectors are driving its quick growth.

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California Pols Could Target Tax Status of Boy Scouts, Youth Groups Over ‘Discrimination’

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California lawmakers are cruising toward a final vote on a bill that could threaten the tax-exempt status of American-as-apple-pie groups — ranging from the Boy Scouts to Little League — if their membership policies are found to be discriminatory.

If passed, the bill, SB 323, would remove an exemption from state taxes for any nonprofit youth group that discriminates on the basis of “gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation.” Well-known organizations like Girl Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, and Little League International Baseball and Softball were cited in the bill, which was introduced in February by Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara.

Lawmakers are not accusing groups like Little League and the Girl Scouts of having discriminatory policies. The bill appears to be aimed more at the Boy Scouts, as Lara pushed the legislation on the heels of the controversy surrounding the Boy Scouts’ policy to exclude gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as scouts or adult leaders. The national organization later voted to allow gay youth membership, but maintained its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

Lara told reporters earlier this month that the Boy Scouts’ decision was not good enough for him, and continued to push the bill.

Youth groups say they hope they won’t be affected. Brian McClintock, a Little League International spokesman, told FoxNews.com on Wednesday that the group already does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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Vote Imminent as Boy Scouts Considers Change to Policy Banning Gays

Photo Credit: APWith its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.

The proposal to be put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council on Thursday, at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas, would retain the Scouts’ long-standing ban on gays serving in adult leadership positions.

Nonetheless, some conservatives within and outside the BSA community have denounced the proposal, saying the Scouts’ traditions would be undermined by the presence of openly gay youth. There have been warnings of mass defections if the ban is even partially lifted.

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Rick Perry to Rally Churches on ‘Stand with Scouts Sunday’

Photo Credit: WNDAs the Boys Scouts prepare to decide whether or not they will allow open homosexuals in their membership, churches nationwide that support the current policy will host a simulcast featuring Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Perkins’ FRC is sponsoring “Stand with Scouts Sunday” this Sunday evening, which aims to show Christians what they can do “to help preserve Scouting.”

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, can be viewed via the Web as well as at hosting churches.

Perry is an Eagle Scout and author of the 2008 book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.”

In a February speech to a group of Scouts in Texas, Perry, a Republican presidential candidate last year, urged the organization to not change its policy and to follow its “historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make scouting this very important and impactful organization.”

Read more from this story HERE.