Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Here we go again
Re: Here we go again
Lawrence E. Faust
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 14:38:22 -0400
>the ACLU argues that public funding of Boy Scouts of America troops
violates the constitutional requirement of separation of church and state.
>"Government agencies simply cannot spend tax dollars on programs that
exclude people because of their religious beliefs," ACLU attorney
>Roger Leishman said.
We came down from the trees (and I, from lurk-mode) for this insanity???
Wait just a minute..."public funding of troops"? What public funding? Do
these schools and military bases actually fund these troops? If so, to what
extent? In my somewhat limited experience (nearly 34 years & counting), BSA
units have to play hell try to get anything remotely resembling money from
their Chartered Organizations. That's why these units have fundraisers. They
are lucky to get anything, and it's usually in the form of either use of
facilities or a donation of goods.
But, according to this feeble-minded twit's wooly thinking, government
agencies, such as schools and military bases, CAN continue to sponsor
Scouting units as long as these chartering organizations DON'T spend any
"tax dollars" on them. Geesh louise, and I only have half a brain! ;-)
Furthermore, Scouting doesn't "exclude people because of their religious
beliefs". A "religious belief" implies a belief in a Deity of some sort. We
embrace those and actually encourage those (a Scout is Reverent). We DO
exclude atheists (read "those with no religious beliefs"), however.
Why doesn't the ACLU go off and right some wrong somewhere else? We're
trying to do some serious work here.
Scouting is a way of life,
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Gulf Ridge Council, Withlacoochee District
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