To no one’s surprise, this happened:
The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to lift a long-established ban on gay adults as employees and volunteers within the organization.
The BSA’s full executive board voted 45 to 12 in favor of the change, effective immediately. The vote came after the National Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month stating that “no adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation.”
The Scouts, however, included a necessary exemption for church-sponsored troops — allowing them to set their own policies. This displeased the lords of political correctness. Here’s the Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin:
Including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today’s decision. Discrimination should have no place in the Boy Scouts, period.
Yet if the church-sponsored troops pull out of scouting, the BSA would collapse. In many jurisdictions — including scouting’s most healthy and vibrant — church-sponsored groups dominate. I know of multiple local troops that would sooner close shop (or explore alternative affiliations) than violate their deeply-held values. But the HRC and the rest of the LGBT Left doesn’t care. It would rather destroy scouting than see it maintain its culturally and religiously conservative heritage. Already the Mormon church — which is heavily involved in the scouting community — is expressing concern:
The Mormon church quickly issued a statement saying that it was “deeply troubled” by the vote and that its “century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined.”
“The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints statement said. “However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Liberalizing socially conservative organizations is a great way to shrink them to irrelevance. Just ask the vanishing Protestant Mainline. But the goal here was never to help the Boy Scouts of America but rather to send scouts the same cultural signal the sexual revolutionaries send to the rest of America: Join . . . or else.
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Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Scoutmasters: LGBT Groups Not Satisfied Unless Religious Liberty Is Trampled
Violate your vows, or pay up. That’s essentially what the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals told the Little Sisters of the Poor and their attorneys last week. We’ve seen the same mentality over and over lately. Back in 2013, the Attorney General of Virginia took it upon himself to sue a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding due to religious beliefs.
This sounds eerily like what the Koran and Sharia Law command. Believe what we believe or pay the tax. Yep. If you deviate from the beliefs of Islam and want to continue breathing air and holding onto your religious beliefs, according to the Koran, and Islamic law, you must pay the jizya, or tax. That’s a sobering thought isn’t it?
Hey, it’s working pretty well for ISIS. They managed to get a bunch of Christians to pay up or die.
Without courts that uphold our Constitutional rights to worship (or not to worship) we are simply sitting ducks for the next bunch of lunatics who come along and want to force us into their idea of godliness or godlessness.
The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, whose fund attorneys are representing the Little Sisters, released a press release earlier this month confirming the court decision.
According to a recent AP-GFK poll, support for gay marriage among U.S. citizens has dropped six percentage points since their last poll in April, with more Americans disapproving of the Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage the law of the land than those approving it.
Rather than galvanizing Americans into a unified body, the Obergefell decision has left U.S. citizens more divided than ever on the question of gay marriage, after the court itself showed a deep divide on the issue. In an unprecedented move, the four opposing justices each published an independent dissent, leaving a mine of legal reasoning contrary to the majority opinion.
The AP poll reveals that 42% of Americans favor legal gay marriage, while a similar poll carried out last April showed 48% in favor. Moreover, in conflicts between the interests of same-sex couples and those of religious liberty, a majority of Americans (56%) believe that government should rule in favor of religious freedom.
Specifically, more Americans believe that local officials with religious objections should be exempted from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 49% siding with the exemption and 47% saying they should be obliged to comply with the law. Moreover, an increasing number of U.S. citizens believe that wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples. Whereas in April 52% thought they should be accorded this option, the number was up to 59% in the recent poll.
“What the Supreme Court did is jeopardize our religious freedoms,” said Michael Boehm, 61, an industrial controls engineer from the Detroit area who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent.
Mohammad Abdulazeez, the Tennessee college graduate slain after a shooting spree which killed four U.S. Marines, reportedly failed a background check to work at a nuclear power plant in Ohio.
According to the Associated Press:
An Ohio company says the man who gunned down four Marines in Tennessee failed a background check in May 2013.
Todd Schneider, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp., says Muhammad Abdulazeez was conditionally hired as an engineer at a nuclear plant in east Cleveland. He spent 10 days there before he was let go because he failed a background check.
He would not say why Abdulazeez didn’t pass the screening process.
However, FirstEnergy is not just “an Ohio company.” It provides electricity to multiple states, including the majority of land in Pennsylvania and West Virginia:
FirstEnergy’s 10 regulated distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, based on serving 6 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Stretching from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore, the companies operate a vast infrastructure of more than 194,000 miles of distribution lines and are dedicated to providing customers with safe, reliable and responsive service.
While Abdulazeez failed a “background check” for a private company, the FBI insists it has no evidence he should have been monitored as a terrorist threat. “Abdulazeez was not in any U.S. databases of suspected terrorists, a U.S. official said,” reads a CNN report. “His only reported prior trouble with the law was a DUI arrest in April. His court hearing was scheduled for July 30.”
For some Muslims, it can be hard to buy a house, and Mayor Ed Murray plans to do something about it.
On Monday, Murray’s housing committee released its recommendations for ways the city can increase housing in the city. Most ideas were what you’d expect, including increasing the city’s housing levy and implementing new rules and regulations to foster development of market-rate and lower-income housing.
One suggestion would help followers of Sharia law buy houses. That’s virtually impossible now because Sharia law prohibits payment of interest on loans. The 28-member committee recommended the city convene lenders and community leaders to explore options for increasing access to Sharia-compliant loan products.
It’s unclear how many Muslims in Seattle would benefit from Murray’s plan. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates more than 30,000 Muslims live in the greater Seattle area, and Chapter Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari on Tuesday said it’s “fairly common” for some not to seek loans.
It’s hard for EVERYONE to buy a house…
On Thursday, a Muslim man killed four U.S. Marines in attacks on military recruiting facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The man, identified as Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, then died in a pitched gun battle after he led police on a high-speed chase in a rented Mustang convertible.
Abdulazeez, 24, was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kuwait. He was an electrical engineer who grew up in Chattanooga in a conservative Muslim family.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said during a press conference that this week’s shooting was an “act of domestic terrorism.”
In a stunning display of moral cowardice, President Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves four U.S. citizens, including American Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran.
They’ve been abandoned. And for what?
The “historic” deal with Iran grants it billions of dollars in sanctions relief and new trade, a pathway to a nuclear weapon, and the privilege of being one of the only nuclear powers in the Middle East. What does it give up? Nothing. It merely agrees to do, for a time, what it is already not allowed to do.
In exchange for that epic disaster, President Obama is leaving behind four Americans. It’s diplomatic malpractice.
Pastor Saeed, whose family we at the ACLJ represent, has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly three years because he is a Christian. He has endured beatings, torment, malnourishment, psychological abuse, and intense pain (injuries sustained from prison beatings).
Just one single hour of his more than 1,000 days in prison looks like this:
2:00 PM As prisoners, we are responsible for maintaining the ward and are each assigned chores and tasks. But even with these tasks the sheer number of us and lack of overall care for the facilities has created inhumane and unsanitary conditions. Our bathroom, which I am tasked with cleaning today, is no more than a hole in the ground. Every attempt to clean the bathroom is futile as the ceiling above leaks feces and urine from the bathroom directly above. As I clean I try to maintain perspective by humming worship songs. In this filth, I am reminded of the depth of my own filth that Jesus took for me by dying on the cross.
That’s what he endures each and every day. Yet, President Obama abandoned him.
The reason Europe is having such a hard time letting Greece go is because they’re loathe to admit the obvious — that socialist policies are crazy and destroy people’s lives. In Oregon, the legacy media would also rather look away, because it, too, highlights what you get when you let liberals do the thinking.
Oregon wasn’t as adept at bamboozling people. Plagued with incompetence and dysfunction, spending $300 million in taxpayer dollars wasn’t enough to even make it appear as though they had a working marketplace. Oregon finally pulled the plug on the marketplace in 2014 and defaulted to the federal exchange.
The liberal agenda isn’t just about having no clue and wasting your money. There’s nothing more exciting for a liberal than using slogans about “equality” and “free speech” and “love” in order to destroy someone’s business with whom they disagree.
Two years ago it became apparent that the fascist gay left weren’t really excited about gay marriage. No, they were excited that they had a new cudgel with which to go after Christians. Let me tell you, as a gay woman who supports gay marriage, the conversations I’ve heard from liberal gay leadership for the past decade involved not the civil rights victory for gays, it was about the “new weapon” it would provide against Christians.When Oregon isn’t working hard to obliterate religious liberty in the name of “fairness,” they’re scrambling to find “volunteers” for their “Tax You Into Oblivion by the Mile” scheme. As The Washington Times reports, “Oregon is using an experimental program to become the first state to tax drivers based on the miles they travel on state roads rather than the gas they purchase.
Regardless of what you think about the issue of transsexualism, a state allowing minor children, whom that same state doesn’t think are mature enough to make the most basic of personal choices, to engage in a life-altering, irreversible surgical procedure, without notifying parents or guardians, is dangerous and obscene.
As you can look to Greece for an example of the despair and destruction liberal economics get you, just look to Oregon for another example of what happens when liberals do as they please, and you’ll get financial incompetence, the hounding of people of faith, the end of privacy, the stalking of the individual, and even the physical destruction of children.
‘We Are Entering a Cultural Civil War’: Lawyer’s Warning About ‘Assault Against Christians’ — and His Message for the Supreme Court
A conservative attorney is warning that America is “entering a cultural civil war” following the legalization of same-sex marriage, and encouraged the public to push back against the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay nuptials.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal firm, told TheBlaze that he believes that Christians are poised to encounter increased challenges in the public square, but that he also believes people will stand up to defend themselves.
“The assault against Christians will increase, but the resistance will also increase,” Staver said. “We are entering a cultural civil war.”
The attorney said that his organization will continue to defend religious liberty and will fight to help Christians facing related challenges.
Staver went on to lambaste the five supreme court justices who legalized gay marriage — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer — and urged the public to “resist” their opinion.
“We should instead resist the opinion of five lawyers who have no authority to impose their will without one shred of Constitutional authority,” he said. “We must not pretend that their opinion is the rule of law. It is not.”
Staver also pushed back against the “Protect Thy Neighbor” initiative that was recently launched by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a First Amendment watchdog, accusing the organization of being an “anti-Christian group” that “represents the objective in the radical agenda to crush Christian viewpoints.”
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he’ll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America. This is a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the information battle-space. Looks as if I will be keeping busy for quite some time.
The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques build in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis.
We can look forward to 32 billion more of the “kingdom’s brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam.”
And it’s not just the media that is on the receiving end of this blood money, but also Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR, which spend millions whining about how lucrative the “islamophobia” business is. As if …
The Saudis have been wildly successful so far.
Wikileaks has begun releasing a trove of documents — half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Wikileaks declares, “Media is not ‘controlled by Jews’ but by Saudi Arabia: media loyalties purchased around the world.”
Notice how this wikileaks release has garnered little press.
The American media is already in the tank for Islam.