April 06, 2006
Gott Mit Uns

From an AP article today:

THE ISSUE: The ACLU won a federal court ruling last year that would prohibit the armed forces from supporting the National Boy Scout Jamboree held every four years at a military base in Virginia. The Defense Department appealed and oral arguments are Thursday at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

THE BATTLE LINES: The Pentagon says organizing the jamboree, which hosts tens of thousands in a tent city, helps train soldiers. The ACLU says the Boy Scouts require members to pledge a “duty to God,” which excludes atheists and agnostics from participating in the jamboree.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The jamboree attracts tens of thousands of scouts from all over the country and pumped an estimated $17 million into Virginia's economy last year. The lower court ruling would sever a relationship between the military and the Boy Scouts in place since the jamboree's inception in 1937.

Oh, the outrage! I can already hear it. Perhaps the ACLU has a little longer memory and a better understanding of history than the outraged mothers and fathers that are surely crying out all across America like wolves about how outrageous the ACLU is when it acts to protect us from our baser instincts. Perhaps the ACLU brings such lawsuits because the ACLU remembers this, or this, or maybe just the Hitler Youth Cross that is pictured below. How quickly the mob forgets.

Let us never forget!



Posted by Buck Batard at April 06, 2006 06:12 PM
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Thanx for the reminder. Sometimes its the little things. Or little ones.

Posted by: spiiderweb on April 6, 2006 10:01 PM

Didn't all those Boy Scouts get struck by lightning there last year? Do any of them really want to go back?

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on April 6, 2006 11:19 PM

The transition from Boy Scouts to Hitler-Jugend in 1933 went very smoothly ...
Meanwhile, the only countries without Boy Scouts are totalitarian leftist states: Cuba, People's Republic of China, Myanmar, North Korea, Laos, Myanmar and Andorra. Even Iran allows Boy Scouts.
Wait a minute.
Andorra? Cheeesus! What ever happened to Andorra?

Posted by: Peter on April 7, 2006 7:31 AM

Thanks, Peter. I had no idea that Boy Scouting had spread beyond the Anglo-American culture.

Now I'm wondering about Girl Scouts. Somewhere in the depths of my parents' basement is a Tenderfoot badge.

Posted by: on April 7, 2006 9:26 AM

Well, Girl Scouts, I guess we have to put up with them too. The Nazis christened them BDM, Bund Deutscher Mädchen (German Girl's League). My mother hated it. Of course, the membership was almost mandatory, including a year of 'voluntary' farm service.

Posted by: Peter on April 7, 2006 10:38 AM
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