The various groups and functionaries at the ALA (the ALA has more committees, roundtables, groups and subcommittees that the Soviet Union did -although I think most of the members are the same) are debating sending a nasty letter to the Boy Scouts of America because of what the BSA believes, well two core beliefs really - God and traditional families.
The ALA (it really is the American Library Association even though they don't restrict their silliness to America or Libraries) in 1999 passed a resolution that said:
The American Library Association urges the Boy Scouts of America to reconsider their policy of discrimination in the areas of sexual orientation and religious belief and demonstrate a commitment to human rights, inclusiveness, and mutual respect.
This nonsense from an organization that purports to foster and promote First Amendment rights. For those of you (especially in the ALA) who forget what those rights actually are lets review:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
So the ALA thinks it is within its prerogative to tell a private group how to worship, what religious tenets to believe (that no homosexuality bit) and with whom they can assemble. If you looked up irony in the dictionary this would be the definition.
Being a reasonable organization the Boy Scouts of America did the prudent thing and ignored the whacko leftist ALA and continued its fine work of over 96 years helping young men grow into responsible adults.
Take a look at the BSA website at www.scouting.org, look at the various programs: Scouting for Buddhists, Lutherans, Muslims; Lone Scout programs for those unable to join a troop because of location or infirmity. See what the Scouts have done for national defense during the two World Wars; see the service the Scouts provide to the National Park Service. More importantly look at what others think of Scouting as evidenced by some quotes reprinted on the site:
Scouting is an enormously important and useful discipline for young people, particularly young boys. It can build character and can awaken an appetite for learning.
-Raul Yzaguirre, president, National Council of La Raza
The Scouting program fosters development in youth and helps them become good citizens of their communities and loyal adherents to their religious heritage.
-Rabbi Binyamin Walfish, Rabbinical Council of America
The generation now being shaped by Scouting will be strengthened by deserved self-confidence and molded with its own history of kindness, bravery, honesty, and its all-out pursuit of excellence.
-Earl G. Graves, vice president, Boy Scouts of America, and publisher, Black Enterprise magazine
What has Scouting done for me as a former Scout, plenty. To this day I follow the Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
It is not so much a conscious decision now, but simply how I learned to be a good citizen and recognize the needs of others.
I didn't grow up to espouse Communism, embrace Marxism, or celebrate diversity - it is amazing they let me join ALA. I grew up when we were all in this boat together and we all worked toward a common goal - to make our nation and its people strong and self-sufficient. We didn't want to dwell on our diversity but on our similarity in this great melting pot. Do they still teach that in elementary school? Or are the kids being taught that they are unique - just like everyone else.
The Boy Scouts of America don't care what the ALA thinks, the American public cares little what the ALA thinks, and frankly every day I care less and less what the ALA thinks as they become more of a fringe group with each passing minute.
I'll happily remember everything I learned as a Boy Scout, and I'd be just as happy to never hear of the ALA again.