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Thursday, July 21, 2005

ACLU Strikes Again

The ACLU strikes again. Hat Tip: LGF

Held at Fort A.P. Hill for 25 years, the event more than triples the county's population, bringing 40,000 Scouts, leaders and staff together for 10 days of sports, conservation activities and the construction of a tent city so elaborate that military officials compare it to a refugee camp.

The jamboree is also an important event for the U.S. military, which has been supporting it since the 1930s with contractors, 1,500 troops and $2 million a year in Defense Department funding. However, that relationship is coming under scrutiny.

A federal judge ruled late last month that the Pentagon funding is unconstitutional because the Boy Scouts are a religious organization, requiring Scouts to affirm a belief in God. The case was initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union.

First off, this judge should not have made a decision about the boy scouts being a "religious organization" because it does not advocate a single god... merely an affirmation that there is a god.

Second of all, this is the ACLU throwing a tantrum because the boy scouts didn't bow to them when they decreed the boy scouts should allow gays in their ranks. The girl scouts got overrun by lefties and made concessions to such organizations as the ACLU and now it's just a shell of an organization with little moral direction for girls to follow. The ACLU wants the same thing for the boy scouts and it isn't going to happen. I'm glad to see they're standing up to this horrid organization. This is the kind of worthless and harmful crap I expect from the ACLU. Every once in a while they'll do something good, but it's so few and far between that I'd rather they just not exist.

The Scouts and their advocates - including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee, and Rep. Jo Ann Davis, a Republican from Virginia, whose district includes Fort A.P. Hill - are livid, saying the jamboree provides a unique training opportunity for troops. Among those speaking out this week was Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, who said the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois amounts to "discrimination against religious entities."

This jamboree is a time where boys can come together and bond while learning skills that can sometimes serve them for the rest of their lives. The ACLU would rather that not be the case becase they acknowledge the existence of a god. Why doesn't someone challenge the religious status of the ACLU for disbelief in a god? I mean, it takes just as much faith for that, right? So who called the ACLU?

During the jamborees, thousands of U.S. troops set up and take down 17,000 tents and provide security, communications support and medical services, among other things. But the relationship was called into question in 1999, when a group of Chicago taxpayers -including a Methodist minister and a rabbi - sued several government agencies for their financial support of the Boy Scouts. The ACLU represented the group.

Among others, a Methodist priest and a rabbi?! What is the matter with these people?! I seriously hope they were not acting at the behest of their churches. I attend a Methodist church, and if I find they're behind this priest I'm looking for a new church.

UPDATE: LGF linked to a noble effort by the GOP to protect the boy scouts from such absurdity in the future.

Senate Republican leaders plan to move legislation next year to protect the Boy Scouts of America from attacks by liberal groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union over government ties to the organization, which has an oath that acknowledges God.

I like how they refer to the ACLU as a "liberal group." Haha. Mainly, because that's what they are. Just see how they (a self-described constitutional watchdog group) try to sidestep the second amendment. It's the typical liberal stance on gun control (applies to state militias, not individuals). Nevermind they consider every other right an individual one. But I digress. I'm glad to see people aren't going to just take this sitting down.