Tyranny In The Name Of Tolerance

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It seems the war between the Boyscouts of America and the Homosexual agenda has been raging for years. Homosexuals have demanded that the Boyscouts change their charter and their morals to accept practicing homosexuals as both leaders and scouts among their ranks. The Boyscouts have steadfastly refused, stating that as a private organisation, they have the right to set their own standards. Homosexuals have attempted to use the courts to force them to change their policy and have tried a variety of anti-discrimination techniques to force the Scouts to break down and relent to their demands. It seems to have worked in Philadelphia, where the City this week is about to evict the Boyscouts from their building by June for refusing to knuckle under to the city’s anti-discrimination policy.

It’s amazing to watch tyranny and oppression being foisted on Christians in the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ by the aberrant and deviant who claim of themselves to be victims of the same. Apparently in our Politically correct age when there is no such thing as sin except the sin of intolerance towards sin and being a devout Christian, tyranny is simply justice in the eyes of the wicked, or put simply: wickedness will employ tyranny to impose their form of justice.

The famous Beaux Arts style building was built and paid for by the Scouts, and they, in a gesture of goodwill, turned it over to the city of Philadelphia in 1929 with the understanding that the Scouts would be allowed to remain in it virtually rent-free, to pay only One Dollar a year “in perpetuity.”

Since the City would appear to me to be in violation of the 1929 agreement, the scouts should demand the city rescind ownership of the building to revert back to the Scouts. Not only would this appear to be tyranny via extortion by the City for a private group to change it’s moral principles, but theft as well – seeing as the City of Philadelphia stands to gain money and revenue for new tenants it is lining up for the building.

Philadelphia Boy Scouts to Lose Historic Building for Not Accepting Homosexuality
Homosexual city solicitor breaks 1929 “in perpetuity” agreement and said to pursue Scouts with “vengeance”.

PHILADELPHIA, December 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America will lose the lease on its historic premises for its refusal to bow to pressure from the homosexual lobby to accept homosexual members and leaders. The city has told the Scouts they will be evicted if they cannot come up with US $200,000 a year “market value” rent for the land on which their building sits. Until now, the Scouts had paid a nominal $1 per year lease fee although the youth organisation had originally owned the premises in 1929.

The famous Beaux Arts style building was built and paid for by the Scouts, and turned over to the city with the understanding that the Scouts would be allowed to remain in it rent-free “in perpetuity.”

City solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. gave Philadelphia’s “Cradle of Liberty Council” of the Scouts until Monday this week to renounce their policy. The Cradle of Liberty Council is the largest Scouts council in Pennsylvania and is the third largest in the entire Boy Scouts of America. The “City of Brotherly Love” has told the Scouts they have until June 1 to vacate their historic building.

A US Supreme Court decision in 2000 said the Boy Scouts were a private organisation who had the right to bar anyone they chose from their ranks. But the city of Philadelphia has a policy that no organisation that “discriminates” may receive public subsidies and City Council is backing Diaz’s interpretation of the law.

Diaz, an open and practising homosexual, told a local radio interviewer he would begin looking for a new tenant for the building immediately.

The pressure started in 2003 when then-mayor of Philadelphia, John F. Street, started coming under pressure from homosexual activists, powerful in local politics, to force the Scouts to accept homosexuality, claiming that their refusal violated the city’s 1982 “fair practices” law.

Mark Chilutti, a member of the Cradle of Liberty Council executive board said, “We’re ignoring the deadline. It was the least bad option we have.”

Gregg Shields, national spokesman for the Boy Scouts told the New York Times, “Since we were founded, we believe that open homosexuality would be inconsistent with the values that we want to communicate with our leaders”

“A belief in God is also mentioned in the Scout oath. We believe that those values are important. Tradition is important. Our mission is to instil those values in scouts and help them make good choices over their lifetimes.”

A part of the Boy Scout oath says the boys promise to “keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”. Scouting teaches boys to be “trustworthy, helpful, kind, cheerful, brave, clean and reverent”.

An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News says the attack on the Scouts, and their moral stand, comes at a time in Philadelphia when the city suffers a murder a day, “but City Hall thinks Public Enemy No. 1 is the Boy Scouts of America”.

Christine M. Flowers said Diaz “has pursued the Scouts with something akin to vengeance, cloaked in the language of equality.”

“This is an organization that has done more good for more children in this crime-ravaged city than most of the other so-called charitable groups in the City of Brotherly Love…At a time when this city is awash in blood, and we need as many safe havens for our children as possible, Philadelphia decides to go after an organization that is politically uncomfortable.”

An editorial appearing in the online edition of Investor’s Business Daily asked, “Isn’t it hypocritical, though, to be intolerant in the name of tolerance, to say that it’s wrong to disapprove of the lifestyles of others but OK to condemn the religious and moral beliefs of others?”

“How is it that an organization that has done immeasurable good for tens of millions of boys becomes one of America’s most notorious and dangerous hate groups?”

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