Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Subversive organizations: The ACLU is at it again, doing what it can to protect the American people, here and abroad, from organizations that *gasp* require a belief in God.
The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide that they should not directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has improperly supported a group that requires members to believe in God.
The settlement, announced Monday, came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which says American military units have sponsored hundreds of Boy Scout troops.
"If our Constitution's promise of religious liberty is to be a reality, the government should not be administering religious oaths or discriminating based on religious beliefs," said ACLU attorney Adam Schwartz.
The Pentagon said it has long had a rule against sponsorship of non-federal organizations and denied the rule had been violated. But it agreed to send a message to posts worldwide warning them not to sponsor Boy Scout troops or other such groups.
Nope, don't want to be sponsoring Boy Scouts -- those duty, honor, country ideas are certainly nothing that we as a society want to be promoting.