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Eugene Delgaudio: Boy Scouts Burn Public Advocate Legal Briefs and Favorable Court Decision At Campfire

Eugene Delgaudio president of Public Advocate says "We can all see what comes next. Even if the BSA reverses their recent decision, the organization will have clearly and publicly stumbled. And that is the best case. It is far more likely that parents, sponsors, donors and churches will simply refuse en masse to subject their children to the new standards and morals espoused by the Boy Scouts of America which are not limited to surrendering to the homosexual lobby."

The Boy Scouts' Next Capitulation is a no brainer.

Trevor Thomas of American Thinker writes

"To encourage his demonic protégé, Screwtape explained to Wormwood, "It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing... Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

With the Boy Scouts of America's (B.S.A.) decision to allow young gays into their ranks, another signpost warning against the sin of homosexuality has been removed."


Delgaudio notes "It seems the Boy Scouts burned the legal briefs filed by Public Advocate and dozens of other pro-family groups at great financial and legal effort over years at the campfire."

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts had the Constitutional right to exclude gay members. This was because, as the Court concluded, opposition to homosexuality is part of the organization's "expressive message." Part of the Scout Oath states that Scouts will keep themselves "physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." The majority opinion in the 2000 ruling noted that the Scouts "teach that homosexual conduct is not morally straight," and that it does "not want to promote homosexual conduct as a legitimate form of behavior."

In his dissent of the 2000 Supreme Court decision, Justice John Paul Stevens declared, "it is plain as the light of day that neither one of these principles -- 'morally straight' and 'clean' [a reference to the Scout Law] -- says the slightest thing about homosexuality."

It seems that the Boy Scouts have now surrendered that "expressive message" and agree with such an abhorrent and morally ignorant conclusion.

As Al Mohler warned prior to the B.S.A. vote, surrendering this core conviction "is both a legal and moral disaster." For example, with their "expressive message" now compromised, how now can the Scouts argue legally to prevent the inclusion of homosexual leaders? The 2000 case against the B.S.A. was brought by an assistant scoutmaster of a New Jersey troop, James Dale.

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