On Saturday, November 20, Sen. Bill Frist (R TN) introduced a bill in the US Senate (S.3026). The Save Our Scouts bill says that no federal law, rule, regulation, or order shall limit any Federal agency from providing support to the Boy Scouts of America (or the Girl Scouts of America) -- including meetings, jamborees, camporees, or other scouting activities on federal property.
This bill is in response to a lawsuit recently filed by the ACLU in which that organization charges that the U.S. government improperly supports the BSA because "God" is mentioned in the oath. In response to the lawsuit, the Pentagon sent out a worldwide direction to the military telling them to stop officially supporting the Boy Scouts of America.
Senator Frist says, "This is merely the first salvo by the ACLU to end all federal support for the Boy Scouts of America. In their view, where there is government there cannot be faith.
"I was a Boy Scout. Harrison, Jonathon, and Bryan were Scouts. The BSA is congressionally chartered. It serves a patriotic, charitable, and educational purpose, and the federal government's support to the Boy Scouts is embodied in law. The Save Our Scouts bill reaffirms our longstanding commitment to the tradition of scouting by stating that no federal law, rule, regulation, or order shall limit any Federal agency from providing support to the Boy Scouts of America (or the Girl Scouts of America) -- including meetings, jamborees, camporees, or other scouting activities on federal property.
"I encourage each and every one of you that believes in Scouting or takes offense at the actions of the ACLU, to write your Senator or Representative urging them to support S. 3026, the Frist "Save Our Scouts" bill."
May I add that letters to the Pentagon would be in order, too -- to Secy Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense and to Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The more the better. Email might be best because most government offices don't receive postal mail promptly since it all has to be checked before delivery.
The Boy Scout organization has been a spectacular force in the formation of faith,ethics and morals in boys and young men in this country for decades. Someone should make a study of how many Boy Scouts worked their way from Cubs to Eagle Scout, then went on to study at a service academy, graduate and go on to honorably serve their country. I suspect the number would be astounding.
This is just another step in the ACLU's continuing campaign to de-Christianize America. If you haven't taken a stand, this would be a good place to start; if you have, here's another battle in the war. We've proved we can win some big ones; let's go after this one, too.