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April 24, 2014 - 7:49 am

Washington state Democrats are putting pressure on the Boy Scouts over its decision to revoke the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, which hosted Troop 98, after they refused to dismiss openly gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

The Boy Scouts said the scouts could transfer to another troop, telling the church, “As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders,” according to CNN.

The church got its charter in November, and the Boy Scouts ordered the dismissal of McGrath three weeks ago after he gave an interview to NBC news praising the troop for its diversity.

“I am very disappointed by the decision to revoke the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church’s charter and the BSA’s current policy to dismiss openly gay scoutmasters,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.). “I commend their recent decision to allow LGBT scouts to participate openly, but remain very concerned that dismissing scout leaders for serving openly goes against BSA values of mutual respect and inclusion of others.”

Smith, along with Dem Washington Reps. Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, and Derek Kilmer, sent letters to the  chief of the Seattle Boy Scouts Council Rob McKenna and Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates last week saying they were “gravely disheartened by this decision and the BSA’s current policy as we feel it contradicts the BSA’s core aims and values.”

“The Boy Scouts of America has long taught the young men of America the core values of duty to country, personal honor, respect for the beliefs of others, volunteerism, and interdependence with the environment; principles which are conducive to good character, citizenship, and health,” states the lawmakers’ letter to Gates. “The Scouts are also a model for inclusiveness, with 6 million boys and young men from every ethnic, religious, and economic background, including those with disabilities and special needs, participating in scouting programs across the United States.”

“While we commend the BSA for their recent decision to allow LGBT scouts to participate openly in the organization, we are concerned that dismissing scout leaders from their volunteer posts for serving openly goes against BSA values of mutual respect and inclusion. Scoutmasters dedicate their time and efforts to help young men to grow into adults and model citizens. We stress our support for Mr. McGrath and others who have dedicated their time and energy to shaping the next generation of Americans through this important organization.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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One of the elephants in the room is that a huge percentage of homosexual men were molested or "groomed" by gay men when they were younger -- hence NAMBLA's saying, "After 8 is too late." It would be a HUGE mistake to let homosexual men be leaders in the boy scouts, and the politicos evidently don't care that men cannot be Girl Scout troop leaders for the same reason - you don't let the fox guard the chicken coop.
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You would forbid them from camping in a national forest unless they gave up their Biblical beliefs?
30 weeks ago
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Why am I not surprised. After kowtowing to the PC crowd the Boy Scouts accepted homosexual males as members (not LBGT as the moron in the article stated) they now realize they have not gone far enough. Now they have to have Scout Masters who are open Homosexuals. Yeah, just what impressionable and possibly unsure young boys need - which is the "NAMBLA" point after all.

And, once they accept open homosexuals as scout masters that still won't be enough. They will be required to support and endorse homosexual marriage. The left is never satisfied until you have let them destroy everything you hold dear.
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29 weeks ago
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I may be losing my mind, but I thought the BSA ban on homosexual men stemmed from some incidents of child molestation, maybe 20 years ago?
30 weeks ago
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You may well be right. The question is, what's that got to do with this guy?
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Are girls illegally excluded from being Boy Scouts? WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
30 weeks ago
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"who have dedicated their time and energy"

Just wait for minimum pay laws to apply to Scout leaders. How could the BSA possibly dismiss someone unless they were an employee? $15.00 an hour minimum will put a crimp in the camping weekend trips. 3 day camp will require the troop to offer medical insurance for all leaders "working in excess of 28 hours. I am gravely disheartened about lawmakers destroying club activities. Incremental erosion of our past tradition,, using a diversity stick, is damaging us all.
30 weeks ago
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Keep homosexuals away from boys.
30 weeks ago
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Not possible. Around one out of twenty boys are homosexual or bi, and humanity and it's predecessors have been that way for millions of years.
30 weeks ago
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I couldn't care less who they discriminate against or for what reason as long as they don't use government land.
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You would forbid them from camping in a national forest unless they gave up their Biblical beliefs?
30 weeks ago
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The totalitarian impulse runs rampant, left and "right". Just liberty is all but nowhere respected.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why am I not surprised. After kowtowing to the PC crowd the Boy Scouts accepted homosexual males as members (not LBGT as the moron in the article stated) they now realize they have not gone far enough. Now they have to have Scout Masters who are open Homosexuals. Yeah, just what impressionable and possibly unsure young boys need - which is the "NAMBLA" point after all.

And, once they accept open homosexuals as scout masters that still won't be enough. They will be required to support and endorse homosexual marriage. The left is never satisfied until you have let them destroy everything you hold dear.
30 weeks ago
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"they now realize they have not gone far enough. Now they have to have Scout Masters who are open Homosexuals."

No, they didn't "realize" anything. That was the plan all along.

It's called, "incrementalism", and it works. It's how they got everything they've gotten, in fact.

One of the big reasons it works is that very few of us see down the road to where little, "unimportant" things lead. When we try to sound the alarm, we get shouted down, told to "stop worrying", or "get a life", and other sundry methods of shutting us down.

Oh, and most of the shouting down comes from people who are supposed to be on our side.

30 weeks ago
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One of the elephants in the room is that a huge percentage of homosexual men were molested or "groomed" by gay men when they were younger -- hence NAMBLA's saying, "After 8 is too late." It would be a HUGE mistake to let homosexual men be leaders in the boy scouts, and the politicos evidently don't care that men cannot be Girl Scout troop leaders for the same reason - you don't let the fox guard the chicken coop.
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There is no elephant in the room. The "Two Deep" Youth Protection policies in place in the BSA makes any such NAMBLA efforts unproductive.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, then I don't think you know enough to be saying anything about the matter.
30 weeks ago
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Damned busy-body a-holes!

30 weeks ago
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BSA is a private organization and can do this as per the Supreme Court. Why are politicians getting involved?
30 weeks ago
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Because they want to destroy decency everywhere they find it.
30 weeks ago
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Because Progs want to force everyone to accept their beliefs in diversity ans toleration.
30 weeks ago
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Maybe the politicians would approve if the BSA appointed a 21 year old unmarried female as troop leader. /sarc
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Actually, there are female troop leaders.
30 weeks ago
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Or maybe the Girl Scouts should appoint 21 year old unmarried males as camp leaders?
30 weeks ago
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Bah. Let's just disband both Boy and Girl Scouts as archaic sexist organizations and have one homogenous pan-sexual Scout Corps. Let's stick a bunch of teenagers together in the same tent or cabin overnight who may be sexually attracted to each other, along with a Scoutmaster of any sex or sexual persuasion -- what could go wrong?

Forward! For Progressivism...!
30 weeks ago
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I know you're being sarcastic, but really, libs would find nothing wrong with your scenario as long as everyone practices safe sex. Getting a disease (or a child) is the only sin to these people.
30 weeks ago
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Oh, you mean like most public high schools and middle schools these days?

30 weeks ago
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OK, Phil...Go for it...

Actually, the Pole Dancing Merit Badge might become quite the thing?
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