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Obama Says Boy Scouts Should Admit Gay Members

President Obama has put additional pressure on the Boy Scouts of America, the day before the organization’s national board meets to discuss rescinding its ban on gay scouts. During an interview aired Sunday before the Super Bowl, Obama spoke in support of LGBTQ citizens who are not allowed to openly serve in the Scouts.

“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,” Obama said. He called the Boy Scouts of America “a great institution,” speaking highly of the life skills taught by the group.

As a private organization, the Scouts are allowed to set their own policies about membership. Several high-profile cases in which openly gay Scouts or Scout masters have been removed from the organization have drawn criticism. Many were ousted after years of dedicated service.

Last week, the Scouts announced that the admittance of gay members would be discussed during a board meeting Monday in Irving, Tex. The group had restated its ban as recently as July. As an organization built on Christian values and with many of its troops operating out of churches, there has been resistance from members to uphold the ban.

“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver scouting to determine how to address this issue,” Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement. “The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents.”

On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an eagle scout, spoke in favor of the ban during a statewide meeting of Boy Scouts held before the national board meeting. Perry suggested that the organization was “under attack from the forces of secularism,” and that there was no reason to change the policy.

“Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make scouting this very important and impactful organization,” he said.

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8 thoughts on “Obama Says Boy Scouts Should Admit Gay Members

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who has studied Obama's pre-political lifestyle, know why he has an affinity for his gay rights agenda. He spent time on Halstead Street in chicago before 2004, and he wasn't actually campaigning. There are a lot of things that have been covered up.

  2. The Bible should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules: Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”.

    Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

  3. Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return… it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So if a gay organization only allowed gays to be leaders no one would have a problem with that? The constitution defends freedom of association. The Boyscouts are a religious organization that center their platform and morals around the authority of the Bible. Some people center their morals around their feelings, their convenience, or their political party. But this is what it boils down to.

    The BoyScouts are not in the business of promoting "sexual freedom" in itself a complete myth. Just like premarital sex, there's a difference between living it out and promoting it. If a Boyscout leader was openly having an affair and promoting it, he would not be a leader for long. The gay activists organizations attack christian organizations because they need to look like victims. They're not. There's a huge list of sexual arrangements in Leviticus 18 that the Bible advises against.

  5. Anonymous says:

    (Re the Super Bowl Gay-la, how come anti-gay Culliver needs "re-education" but pro-gay Ayanbadejo – an in-your-face promoter for the gay 3 percent of the population – doesn't? Saw the following on the web.)

    America becoming a Nightmare-ica!

    Jesus stated in Luke 17 that just before His return to earth as Judge, two big "crazes" will happen worldwide at the same time: (1) insane violence ("days of Noah"), and (2) outrageous sexual perversion ("days of Lot" – see Gen. 19). Aren't beheadings, cannibalism, and school shootings violent? And what's more perverted than a mob trying to rape LITERAL angels (see Gen. 19 again)? So, America, keep spitting on the God named in all 50 state constitutions. But you'd better duck when He spits back! (PS – For a bigger enchilada, Google "when DIVERSITY becomes PERVERSITY.").

  6. Joan Smithson says:

    If the boy scouts don't keep homosexuality out of the Boy Scouts, what is the sense in having this group. What morals will you teach, how many boys will become feminine "MEN" (like Obama)..I wouldn't send my son to this group if gays are permitted. Sorry, no not sorry, I want my son to become a strong man and raise a family. Has anyone seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans, that's what our troops will look like–disgusting…

  7. John Randall Johnson says:

    Obama is wrong as usual.

  8. John Randall Johnson says:

    You're correct Bush is a manly man, and obama is a feminine man.

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