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Chuck Norris Asks: 'Is Obama Creating a Pro-Gay Boy Scouts of America?'

ChucknorrisPresident Obama has consistently been dogged by conspiracy theories since first emerging on the national stage. He's Kenyan, some say. He's secretly gay, opponents whisper. He's a socialist, conservatives claim.

Now actor and right wing activist Chuck Norris is positing another theory: President Obama and his White House are colluding behind the scenes to lift the Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders.

In a piece for Ammo Land, Norris — also known the "coolest person," according to conservative football player Tim Tebow — cites Obama's close relationship with James Turley, a pro-gay board member at BSA, and other people close to the organization.

"Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?," Norris asks, before offering a litany of other allegedly fishy connections between the commander-in-chief and BSA officials looking to lift the archaic prohibition.

Though Andy linked this in the news round-up yesterday, but it's worth reprinting Norris' closing argument:

For years, I’ve signed and sent out hundreds of Eagle Scout recognition letters. And I personally have known a host of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and BSA leaders. These individuals epitomize the best of America. Indeed, the BSA is as integral a part of American life and culture as hot dogs, baseball and Grandma’s apple pie.

Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when its president (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America yet invites groups such as the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions?

I can think of some lower points in American history — the Trail of Tears immediately comes to mind — than allowing gay men and women to lead Boy Scout troops.

GLAAD has released a statement totally tearing Norris' argument to shreds by reminding Norris that even his preferred presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, supports an inclusive BSA. Read GLAAD's statement, as well as lesbian former Scout Master Jen Tyrrell's reaction, AFTER THE JUMP.

From GLAAD:

Chuck Norris should talk to Mitt Romney, who Norris endorsed for President and who has said on the record that all Americans should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts of America regardless of sexual orientation. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have recently signed a Change.org petition and called on an end to the ban including celebrities Josh Hutcherson, Benicio del Toro, Julianne Moore, Joshua Jackson, Kat Graham and Dianna Agron. Celebrities who support gay Americans are enjoying popular careers while Chuck Norris appears to be a fame-hungry has-been with poor research skills.

Tyrrell, meanwhile, had this to say:
Since I was ousted as a scout leader I have been flooded with support from local parents, scouts and hundreds of thousands of Americans. Chuck Norris is clearly out of touch and I’d like for him to sit down with my family and fellow scouting families who support us. My orientation wasn’t an issue in my son’s pack until the Boy Scouts made parents tell their children why their favorite den leader was no longer able to participate. With the U.S. military, the Girls Scouts of the USA, the 4-H Club and the Boys & Girls Club among organizations that allow gay Americans the time is now to end the ban.

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  1. When it comes to support from Allies....

    we get George Clooney and Brad Pitt

    they get Kirk Cameron and Chuck Norris


    i think we win.....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 11:52:04 AM


  2. Who cares if Obama is? This isn't a conspiracy. He should be encouraging this. Everyone should. Openly and actively. If Chuck is right, good.

    Posted by: DCer | Jun 27, 2012 11:55:29 AM


  3. Just another scared brainwashed mentally ill god-botherer. Chuck Norris has been a living joke for years now.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 27, 2012 12:01:36 PM


  4. Since when does Chuck Norris' opinion matter.
    Just another tired,washed-up religious 'actor'. Too many kung foo blows to that ugly face. :)

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 27, 2012 12:09:39 PM


  5. Its sad that we have an enemy in an otherwise great guy. I hope someone can talk some sense into one of America's greatest Icons.

    Posted by: HM2 Matt | Jun 27, 2012 12:10:09 PM


  6. "... lower points in American history..."

    What a screwed up sense of history, and priority! I think the slavery, Civil War, McCarthyism, Great Depression, etc. are so far lower that allowing gays in the BSA doesn't even register on any historian's meter.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 27, 2012 12:13:45 PM


  7. @Craig, I had a similar discussion with some people protesting "the gays" - we got 'em on camera talking about how America was a "better place" in the 1950s.

    aint THAT a statement to make?? LOL!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 12:17:13 PM


  8. But is he an actual Boy Scout? If not, then STFU.

    Also, to my knowledge my grandmother has never once made an apple pie.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 27, 2012 12:19:13 PM


  9. "Actor". Heh

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 27, 2012 12:20:35 PM


  10. Yes, whenever I have a dilemma I ask myself, "What would Chuck Norris or Ted Nugent do?"

    Assuming, that is, Corky from "Life Goes On" is indisposed and can't advise.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 27, 2012 12:32:24 PM


  11. "Ammo Land"??

    LOL

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 27, 2012 12:40:22 PM


  12. Chuck Norris needs a haircut.

    Posted by: Stick | Jun 27, 2012 12:41:45 PM


  13. The man has done a lot of charity work and is a staple of American Action Hero Nostalgia, no matter how bad his movies are.

    He has said some very ignorant things about homosexuals but I don't think he's as deserving of the venom being spewed in his direction when compared to real hatemongers like Rick Santorum. He may have drank the religious kool-aid but I don't think the man has any real hate in his heart. At lest I hope not.

    Posted by: HM2 Matt | Jun 27, 2012 12:42:02 PM


  14. AS A FAN OF THE FILM, "Good Guys Wear Black" (1979), AND THE SERIES, "Walker, Texas Ranger," IT IS GREAT TO KNOW HAIRY AND SEXY Chuck Norris' REPRESENTATION OF ULTIMATE MASCULINITY ON SCREEN IS A MERE "SMIDGEON" OF THE "HUNK OF MAN" HE IS IN REAL LIFE. KUDOS, Mr. Norris!

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 27, 2012 12:49:24 PM


  15. Suggest watching his exercise info commercial then you will totally understand

    quote
    Since when does Chuck Norris' opinion matter. Just another tired,washed-up religious 'actor'. Too many kung foo blows to that ugly face. :)

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 27, 2012 12:09:39 PM
    unquote

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Jun 27, 2012 12:51:32 PM


  16. "DANSWON,"

    WHERE IS YOUR PROOF Chuck Norris, "...has been a living joke for years now."?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 27, 2012 12:55:24 PM


  17. The fact that the article was published in Ammo Land seems to say it all.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 27, 2012 1:02:00 PM


  18. "HM2 MATT,"

    IF Chuck Norris IS, "...one of America's greatest [I]cons.", WHY IS HE YOUR ENEMY? YOU AGREE WITH EVERYTHING SAID AND DONE BY YOUR ALLIES?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 27, 2012 1:02:37 PM


  19. Does it seem crazier here than normal?

    Posted by: endo | Jun 27, 2012 1:12:53 PM


  20. Oh, Chuck, go back to making movies. OH,WAIT,I,FORGOT, your career went down the pan AGES ago. Perhaps that's why the hate comes shining through.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Jun 27, 2012 1:21:25 PM


  21. "Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when its president (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America yet invites groups such as the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions?"

    A question about Chuck Norris: "Isn't he an over the hill has been?"

    Posted by: john patrick | Jun 27, 2012 1:25:42 PM


  22. Chuck e Norris is another anti-gay Christian terrorist who wants to make trouble for gays.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 27, 2012 1:48:22 PM


  23. Um, Chuck, we now have gays in the military, which the BSA worships like nothing else, so what's the big deal?

    He might have hit a few too many boards with his head over the years.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 27, 2012 1:58:57 PM


  24. True Story: about a decade ago a friend of mine was working for Chuck on his show. Chuck came up to him and asked if "Catholics believed in Jesus." My friend responded, "Chuck, they invented Jesus."

    This is a man who has been married multiple times. This is a man who has been divorced multiple times (I wonder if the Boy Scouts are pro-divorce as Chuck is...) This is a man who is dumb as a wooden block and about as phony as his hair dye.

    But more to the point...who cares what this washed-up, clinging-to-relevance, crappy actor thinks about anything?

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 27, 2012 2:32:15 PM


  25. Walker Texas Ranger needs to STFU.
    Tell your horse to giddy-up and ride out over the sunset-cuz the world is still flat.

    Posted by: Nick | Jun 27, 2012 2:52:56 PM


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