Chuck Norris has a Worldnutdaily column, which may well have been written by someone else, using the familiar rhetorical trick of “just asking questions.” Hey, he’s just asking questions, the presumed answers to which point to a rather silly conspiracy theory that Obama is trying to create a “pro-gay Boy Scouts.” His evidence for this? A member of the Boy Scouts national board who wants to change the organization’s official discrimination against gays has ties to Obama.
A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?
Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?
Is it a coincidence that Turley and his wife, Lynne, were just guests at a state dinner hosted by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in honor of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012?
Is it a coincidence that Turley was nominated to President Barack Obama’s Export Council in 2010?
Is it a coincidence Turley was granted a seat on an investment advisory panel which met with none other than Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Oct. 17, 2011?
WTF does Putin have to do with anything? Your guess is as good as mine. It goes on and on like this, with the implication being that if Turley wants to change the anti-gay policy of the Boy Scouts, it’s all Obama’s fault and the president is controlling him, or perhaps bribing him, to do it all. There isn’t a shred of evidence for that, of course, but being a wingnut largely means that evidence is never needed to spin a dark tale of the Evil Ones doing Evil Things.
I couldn’t agree more with Bob Gates, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, when he explained: “I think that American leadership is vital to peace and prosperity and the advancement of democracy in the world, and that requires having strong leaders. And I don’t think there’s any organization in the world, certainly not in the United States, that better prepares young men for leadership in this country than the Boy Scouts of America – in teaching leadership skills, in teaching values, in teaching importance of standing up for what’s right.”
Great. So they should teach that anti-gay bigotry and discrimination is wrong, because that is the right — the moral — position.
Even President John F. Kennedy proudly proclaimed at the 50th anniversary celebration of the BSA: “For more than 50 years, Scouting has played an important part in the lives of the Boy Scouts of this nation. It has helped to mold character, to form friendships, to provide a worthwhile outlet for the natural energies of growing boys and to train these boys to become good citizens of the future. … In a very real sense, the principles learned and practiced as Boy Scouts add to the strength of America and her ideals.”
So why are atheists and gay people locked out from those wonderful things about the Boy Scouts? Oh, that’s right — Chuck Norris doesn’t like those people, so they don’t count.
Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when the president of the United States (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America and yet invites groups like the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions?
Nope. I think it’s great.