A “news brief” from Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink today:

Boy Scout Funding Pulled

The United Way of Miami-Dade County has pulled its yearly grant of $480,000 from the Boy Scouts of South Florida because the Scouts refused to submit their leaders to pro-gay diversity training. Spokesman Gregg Shields said it’s the latest attempt to control the Boy Scouts of America.

“I don’t think sensitivity programs that they talk about is really what the United Way wanted,” Shields said. “I think the United Way and the board want nothing less than for us to walk away from our values. And that’s just not going to happen.”

“Values” is not the word to describe bullying and discrimination against gay youth and highly qualified, professional and “manly” troop leaders.

I continue to believe the Boy Scouts have the right, as a private organization, to set their own membership standards.

Because they are a private religious organization, they are in no way entitled to funding from the government.

And because they are discriminatory, they are in no way entitled to funding from the United Way.

Organizations that choose to discriminate must be willing to take responsibility for their dearth of community values, and accept any consequences for their choices.

The Boy Scouts of South Florida appear unwilling to accept responsibility for their beliefs and actions. What a poor example to set for young men.

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