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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fear of ACLU lawsuits force Scouts to scrap troop charters

Courtesy of Stop the ACLU

Notwithstanding, the Boy Scouts of America has been under nationwide attack by the American Civil Liberties Union by multiple lawsuits against the Scouts for their refusal to admit overt homosexuals as Scout leaders and for the Scout Oath to do "my duty to God and my Country." The ACLU's hate-litigation attack increased in ferocity after the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 in the Dale case that the Scouts have the right to set their own standards for Scout leaders.

Many schools and other local government bodies have withdrawn sponsorship or support for the Boy Scouts due to the chilling affect of the ACLU's lawsuits or threats of lawsuits – including threats to seek court-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fees – on the ACLU's claim that the Scouts are a "religion" because of the Scout Oath, and any governmental assistance is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.


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