Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Good news for the Boy Scouts: The Senate on Tuesday voted to allow Boy Scouts access to U.S. military bases -- a move prompted by the ACLU's crusade against the organization for being insufficiently PC.
In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the hosting of Boy Scout events as part of massive bill setting Defense Department policy for next year. After the vote, Senate leaders decided to put off further debate and votes on the overall bill, probably until fall when Congress returns from a monthlong break.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a former Boy Scout who sponsored the Senate provision, said it is necessary to push back on a spate of lawsuits to limit Boy Scout activities on government property. The provision adopted Tuesday says Boy Scouts should be treated the same as other national youth organizations
Frist said it "removes any doubt that federal agencies may welcome Scouts to hold meetings, go camping on federal property or hold scouting events and public forums" on government property.
On a related note: Earlier I mentioned the outcome of Prop. A, which was an effort to preserve the cross atop Mt. Soledad here in San Diego. Lt. Smash has an excellent post telling the world's most sensitive atheist, Phil Paulson, to stuff it.