Senate: Boy Scouts 1, ACLU 0

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    Senate Approves Boy Scout Events on Military Bases
    Tuesday, July 26, 2005


    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to allow U.S. military bases to continue to host Boy Scouts events, responding to lawsuits and a federal court ruling aimed at severing relationships between the government and the youth group.

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    In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the hosting of Boy Scout events as part of massive bill setting Defense Department policy for next year. After the vote, Senate leaders decided to put off further debate and votes on the overall bill, probably until fall when Congress returns from a monthlong break.
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    Frist said it "removes any doubt that federal agencies may welcome Scouts to hold meetings, go camping on federal property or hold scouting events and public forums" on government property.

    In 1999, the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit claiming the Pentagon's sponsorship of such Boy Scout activities violates the First Amendment. The ACLU argues that direct government sponsorship of the group amounts to discrimination.

    Civil liberties advocates have assailed the Boy Scouts organization because it bans openly gay leaders and compels members to swear an oath of duty to God.

    On June 22, U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning ruled in the ACLU's favor, saying the Pentagon can't spend millions of dollars to sponsor Boy Scout events. She said in an earlier ruling that the government spent between $6 million and $8 million to host the Jamboree on a military base in 1997 and 2001.

    The House in November overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution that recognized the Boy Scouts organization for its public service efforts and condemned legal efforts to limit government ties to the organization that has 3.2 million members.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,163689,00.html

    A couple of comments on this by Bill O'Reilly from a separate article:

    "That means even the most liberal senators in the country oppose the ACLU, which want the Boy Scouts banned from all federal property and has sued to make that happen.

    This is a stunning rejection of the extremist group and a huge victory for fair play in America. The ACLU has been trying to destroy the Boy Scouts ever since that organization decided to ban openly gay Scout leaders and require an allegiance to a higher power..."
     
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    Bravo to the Senate!

    I'm waiting to hear from those who "don't like" certain people and see the spin they put on this.

    And there are some who won't read it; therefore, saying it didn't happen
     
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    I agree, GZ.

    O'Reilly predicted this story would get scant coverage on the networks and newspapers. I wonder if he is right?
     
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    the Senate told the ACLU to stuff it! :nine:
     
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    Three cheers on this one...We must celebrate every victory we manage to eek out... :banana:
     
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    Good job, U.S. Senate. That's acting like the wise body you're SUPPOSED to be.

    Favorite case from the last few terms: Boy Scouts v. Dale. Scouts OK to exclude homosexuals.
     
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    I am confused about this, why would the aclu want to prohibit boyscouts from visting military bases and so on? What is the point?
     
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    the ACLU is just mad that the Boy Scouts can stop Scout Leaders from being open Homosexuals(not allowed)...that is why they continue to attack the Boy Scouts as well as Christianity...the ACLU are nothing more than a front for perversion...pure and simple!
     
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    Basically the ACLU's argument is that bases are government property..and since in the Boy Scout oath they say the word God.. the ACLU has drawn the extremely ridiculous stretch that this is Government sponsored religion. I think they have way tooo much money and time on their hands!!!
     
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    The ACLU is a white collar terrorist organization bent on destroying anything that smacks of decency.
     

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