Boy Scouts, gays and the LDS Church

The city of Philadelphia will start charging the local council of the Boy Scouts of America $200,000 a year to use the city-owned land under the council headquarters building. Since 1928 the City had been charging the Council only $1 a year. What would make them start charging such a high amount now?

The city has made it clear that the move is designed to punish the Boy Scouts of America because it will not allow homosexuals to serve as Scout Leaders. The city says it is charging the scouts $200,000 a year because the scouts discriminate against homosexuals. But the city finds nothing wrong with their discrimination against the scouts because of the scouts’ belief.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the scouts, as a private group, have a First Amendment right to bar homosexuals from membership. Philadelphia officials, in an effort to appease the homosexual activists, began searching for a way to punish the scouts. The rent increase was the vehicle to do that. Source:

What does the LDS church think about Scouting? President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I love the Scouting movement. I am glad to be able to pay my respects to you who move the great Scouting program along. We would not have the kind of gang problems we have if there were more boys enrolled in Scouting, because the spirit of Scouting and the spirit of gang life are contradictory one to another. This program builds boys, builds their futures, leads them to the right path so they can make something of their lives.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints formally affiliated with the Scouting movement in the United States in May of 1913 as its first institutional sponsor, and today sponsors more Scouts and Scouting units in the United States than any other organization. Hundreds of thousands of young men are enrolled as Scouts in groups or units sponsored by the Church.

We have strong affiliations with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA); Scouts Canada; the Scouting Associations of Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain; and other associations in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. The vast majority of Latter-day Saint Scouting affiliations, however, are in the western and central United States and Canada. Source:

If the Boy Scouts of America is forced to accept gays as scoutmasters, the LDS Church will withdraw from the organization and take more than 400,000 Scouts with it (12% of total enrollment and 25% of enrolled units). That’s the contention of Salt Lake City attorney Von G. Keetch, who filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting the Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexuals on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and four other religious organizations back in 2000.

I hope that the Boy Scouts of America are never bullied into being forced to accept homosexual members or leaders. If that ever happens, it is my opinion that the church will withdraw it’s support for the Boy Scouts. What do you think?

So Cal fires: Divine punishment or natural causes?

Tony Badillo from Dallas TX wrote: “In case the people of Malibu can’t figure it out, the fire is almost certainly Divine punishment. There have been other types of punishments and there will me many more until materialistic America in love with sex, porn, riches, violence (including abortion), and deceit and lying is brought to its knees…Malibu is a symbol of individual self-serving materialism…”

Hmmm…seems a little harsh Tony. These are my neighbors. I know quite a few good god-fearing Christian people in Malibu. Let’s not be too hasty in judgement. I agree that there are some very rich, foolish and worldly people who live in Malibu, many of them in the entertainment industry. But I can think of two other places that the Lord should let the angels pour the vials of destruction upon first.

One of them is the area around Folsom Street in San Francisco. I’ve written about them previously. The other is Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley. The majority of the nation’s adult video and magazine distributors are located there. My offices are in Burbank. When we were shopping for a new high-speed internet connection I was surprised when the salesrep pointed out that I might have some contention for bandwidth in the afternoons. When I asked why he said because that’s when all the kids get out of school and hit the porn sites that are based nearby.

The Lord has forewarned us that there will be much ‘natural’ destruction in the last days. We will see more fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and yes, perhaps a large meteorite or two but more likely a swarm of previously unknown meteorites that bring fire with them. I just don’t think that the fires of today are specifically targeted to the people of Malibu by the Lord. Of course, I could be wrong. A lot of good people have lost their homes. So far this firestorm is not as big as the fires of 2003.

What do you think? Are today’s fires a sign of Divine punishment?

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