On Tuesday, actor and known conservative Chuck Norris wrote an article for AmmoLand questioning Boy Scouts of America national board member James Turley and the Obama administration for efforts to overturn the BSA’s policy banning gay Scouts and leaders.
Turley is on record saying he “will work from within to seek a change” to the policy, and in a series of questions Norris implies that Turley is pushing the current administration’s “pro-gay” stance on the BSA to curry favor.
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 is in tight cahoots with the White House and that he is the only BSA national board member in 100 years to oppose its pro-traditional family stance?
Norris then attacks the administration for its odd priorities on youth groups . . .
Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when its president (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America yet invites groups such as the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions? (italics original)
. . . and its overall treatment of the BSA:
Is it a coincidence, too, that on March 3, 2009, Obama became the honorary president of the BSA — a position proudly and publicly held and highlighted by all presidents since President William Howard Taft in 1910 — but that Obama’s induction was held behind closed doors in the Oval Office with seven or so Boy Scouts present and absolutely nothing noted in the White House daily briefing or any other official communication?
Norris might be on his own, though. He has received a great deal of criticism for his stance and, like President Obama, Mitt Romney stated in 1994 that he was in favor of allowing gays to participate in BSA:
I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.