In keeping with their character, the Scouts said they would nevertheless help with the event, even without the donation. But such graciousness will not take them out of the line of fire. This is a war, and the homosexual lobby seems to have plenty of allies.
Take the United Way in Portland, Ore., for example, which cut off $150,000 in funding to some 53,000 inner-city children because the Boy Scouts help them with a number of activities. United Way chapters in other major cities have also severed ties with the Scouts, including San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Madison, Sacramento, Hartford, Seattle, Dallas, Tucson, Providence, Santa Fe, Miami, Portland, Maine and Portland, Ore.
There's more. The city of Berkeley, Calif., denied the Sea Scouts free berthing rights at a local dock because of their relationship with the BSA. The California Supreme Court decreed that state judges working with the Scouts must not sit on any case involving homosexuals. The state of Connecticut prevented its employees from using their voluntary payroll deductions to donate to the Scouts, though they have been among the eligible beneficiaries of the state's charitable program for more than 30 years. And get this, when the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of the state to discriminate against the scouts, Judge Guido Calabresi blistered the Scouts in a footnote to the ruling, essentially saying the state could make the scouts "pay a price" for their position on homosexuals.
A federal judge ruled that the city of San Diego could not lease public park land to the Scouts because they were a religious organization. Keep in mind that the Scouts fervently deny their aim is to promote religion. But since they do promote traditional values, which some in the popular culture find offensive, they have now been deemed a religious group. Is that the point at which we've arrived in this nation: Any group that adheres to Christian values will be speciously classified as religious? Can you think of a better way to secularize a society by coercion?
I simply don't understand the silence from those who say they support the Scouts.