Sunday, November 28, 2004

The ACLU War on Boy Scouts

Over the past 5 years, the ACLU has vigorously fought the Boy Scouts of America in several law suits. It what should come as a shock to nobody, the ACLU has a big problem with the Boy Scout requirement that members swear an oath to ...... God! Apparently the ACLU is deeply concerned about the civil liberties of all those teen age boys who feel violated and oppressed because they're asked to profess faith in our Creator.

As a result of the latest lawsuit brought by the ACLU, the Defense Department is dropping support for hundreds of Boy Scouts units. The ACLU of Illinois charged that the Boy Scouts’ policy violates the religious liberty of youth who wish to participate, but do not wish to swear a religious oath. According to Adam Schwartz, an ACLU attorney from Illinois, "This agreement removes the Pentagon from direct sponsorship of Scout troops that engage in religious discrimination."

All scouting organizations include a profession of faith, and all organizations award religious medals. However, distinct medals are offered for children of different faiths, including Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, etc. But in the eyes of the ACLU, any faith based organization that is open to all people of faith is guilty of "religious discrimination" because atheists are not included.

Extrapolating the ACLU's attack on all things religious, as well as the court's decision in this case, it is only a matter of time before the tax exempt status of all religious organizations is challenged. After all, tax exemptions enjoyed by religious organizations are a form of government subsidy. And last I checked, every Christian, Jewish, and Muslim church professes faith in God.

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