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FRC, Hate Groups Run 'USA Today' Ad Urging Boy Scouts to Keep Anti-Gay Policies in Place: VIDEO


The Family Research Council and 41 allied organizations/hate groups ran a full-page ad in USA Today urging the Boy Scouts of America to hold on to its anti-gay policies. The organization, as you know, is considering dropping its ban on gay scouts and leaders at its board meeting this week.

Writes the FRC in a release:

Among the groups signing onto the ad are the American Family Association, American Values, Bott Radio Network, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, International Communion of Evangelical Churches, Liberty Counsel, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Patriot Voices, and a number of state family policy organizations.

The ad states that a policy change would be "a grave mistake" and that, "Every American who believes in freedom of thought and religious liberty should be alarmed by the attacks upon the Boy Scouts," whose oath includes that members should be "morally straight." The ad emphasizes that, "To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach the boys cowardice, not courage."

The ad highlights BSA's policy of recognizing the right of parents to teach their children about sexual topics. The ad concludes by challenging readers to ask themselves, "How will parents be able to entrust their children to the Boy Scouts if they trade the well-being of the boys for corporate dollars?"

President Obama said that the Boy Scouts should allow gays to join its organization in a 60 Minutes interview that ran before the Super Bowl.

Said Obama: "My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life."

And Tony Perkins took his campaign to FOX News on Sunday.



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  1. It is interesting that their headline includes the phrase "Timeless Values" because they are espousing notions that are anything but timeless. The whole concept of voluntary mate-chosen marriage is a relatively new one -- 100 years or so, and biblical marriage looks nothing at all like the current conservative concept of marriage. They should replace "Timeless" with "worn-out, or over-the-hill" or some other word that is more accurate.

    They also include the myth that being LGBT is somehow a moral issue. IT IS NOT. It is a biological one, and perhaps one of social construct, but not of morals. This is where the conservatives are mis-reading their bibles and relying on prejudice instead of common-sense. It is their moral judgement which is called into question by this ad -- not that of the LGBT people who are being insulted by it.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Feb 4, 2013 10:12:52 AM

  2. Fundamentalist Xtian scumbags like Perkins took over the Roman Empire at the end of the fourth century, ushering in 1600 years of terror, which are just ending now. 1600 years is a finite number. It is not "timeless." Civilization did just grand before the Xtianists dragged the Western world into the Dark Ages, and I'm very sure that we'll all muddle through somehow after the Xtian fall from power.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Feb 4, 2013 10:27:50 AM

  3. Wow did he really play the pedophile card?
    Shame on Fox News for not having someone elese on to balance his viewpoint.

    Posted by: Tom in Long Beach | Feb 4, 2013 10:47:43 AM

  4. I admit I'm being cynical here, but it's interesting that the BSoA are only re-evaluating their policy after they were dropped by major corporate sponsors like Intel.

    I didn't grow up in the Scouts; I used to do 4H, and it seems to me like there are other options out there that teach the values I'd want my children to learn.

    I don't see black people lining up to join the klan, so I don't see why we should want to join the boyscouts. I think they have every right to make their own rules and guidelines and we have every right to say no thanks and view them for what they are. But taking a poll as to whether they should allow one group of people into their club just sounds disingenuous. It's almost like a "Do you think we could still get away with bigotry today?" poll.

    Posted by: JT | Feb 4, 2013 10:51:52 AM

  5. So, the Boy Scouts "whose oath includes that members should be "morally straight." When they came up with that part of the oath "straight" wasn't a word that meant heterosexual. It meant you were honest, true to your word and actions of normal day life. You didn't cheat, and you were to behave as you would want to be treated.

    Posted by: JT | Feb 4, 2013 11:11:51 AM

  6. Of course, the photo insert is snipped from FOX News. Figures. Actually, I saw this segment and I am always amazed (if not appalled) at the arrogant assumption that "religious liberty" or "traditional morality" is assumed to be judeo-chistianity or even islam.

    Since my core religious belief is that LGBT people represent the Divinity in Its purest essence, I therefore believe that they should not be denied civil equality and should never be discriminated against under any circumstance. In this country founded on religious freedom, my religious beliefs should be respected.

    Groups who promote deviant pathologies disguised as religion--such as the FRC--should not be permitted to hold sway when they use their "religion" to harm or discriminate against people whose humanity is inherent and immutable and made so by the Divinity.

    The FRC should refrain from using religion, religious liberty or their questionable "traditional morality" to justify their continued insistence on civil discrimination against LGBT people.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 4, 2013 11:34:09 AM

  7. Wait a minute! I thought these "religious" groups keep saying that they are only fighting to protect traditional marriage. That they have nothing against gay people, they just want to protect marriage. Well, what the hell does letting gay kids in the BSA have to do with marriage? This just proves that is about getting rid of the gays in general and that in their world we would not exist. How very christian of them! Disgusting. I wish the media would take them to task on this.

    Posted by: MIKE | Feb 4, 2013 1:11:47 PM

  8. why is the focus on "gay troop leaders" and not on "gay scouts"?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 4, 2013 1:18:41 PM

  9. It says right in the ad that "the Boy Scouts have every right to include sexual conduct as they define that term". That's right FRC and even by your own words they are choosing to define that term to include gays. You are also trying to tell them what to think or how to make decisions.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | Feb 4, 2013 1:48:43 PM

  10. JT- you're not gay. People like you like to pretend you are just to get ACTUAL gays like us to be as complacent as you are to our rights. Straight people are notorious for coming on our blogs and pretending to be gay in stories about restaurants, establishments, businesses, events and policies that discriminate against us and reply by saying " well just don eat/shop/become a member/live/breath there" your solution to homophobia is making it convenient for bigots and making gay people go door to door an find people or businesses that accept us. 1952 is over. An nothing more disingenueos than a straight person spewing ignorance while pretending to be gay on our comments section.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Feb 4, 2013 3:36:32 PM

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