Monthly Archives: June 2013

Scouts Drop Out

“’I’m very sad, because it’s a part of me and a part of my family.  We have so much invested in Boy Scouting,’ Mr. Hiden said.  ‘But we don’t believe that the new policy is consistent with our beliefs.’” Annie Z. Yu

“Churches of various faith denominations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho and other states have ended Scouting programs because the policy goes against church teachings, although the Mormon Church, the nation’s largest sponsor of Scouting troops serving some 430,000 boys, has said it will continue its sponsorship.” Annie A. Yu

Boy Scouts’ decision on gays tests loyalty of members

Annie Z. Yu, The Washington Times, June 17, 2013, p. 12

For Dennis Ebersole, the fallout from the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to change a century of policy and allow openly gay Scouts to participate wasn’t long in coming.boy_scouts_gays3_s640x798

“Within 12 hours of the announcement that the membership standards resolution had passed, I was contacted by five other members in my pack leadership committee, questioning whether they were going to continue Scouting,” said Mr. Ebersole, a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 282 in South Riding, Va.

The reaction was equally quick for Gary Hiden, an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 268 in New Market, Md., who has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America his whole life. He was a Boy Scout, and his mother served as a den mother and his father as a scoutmaster. Now, both his sons are Scouts. But the family plans to quit the Boy Scouts once the new policy takes effect Jan. 1.

“I’m very sad, because it’s a part of me and a part of my family. We have so much invested in Boy Scouting,” Mr. Hiden said. “But we don’t believe that the new policy is consistent with our beliefs.”

Mr. Hiden’s troop is chartered by a Brethren church, and he identifies himself as a Christian. He said his elder son, who is 15, is just shy of becoming an Eagle. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to be an Eagle Scout by Jan. 1,” he said — before the policy comes into force.

The dust is settling two weeks after the Boy Scouts of America’s national council adopted the policy accepting openly gay Scouts but retaining a ban on gay adult Scout leaders. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage

“I oppose same-sex marriage, but I’m much more concerned about the breakup of the heterosexual family.  If we can’t keep our own marriages together, what kind of moral power do we have to tell other people they ought to be like us?  A lot of conservative politicians are on their second, third, or fourth spouse and are talking about traditional values.  That doesn’t have a lot of power.”  Cal Thomas, World magazine, June 15, 2013, p. 36.

“The [Supreme Court] decision is a major victory for gay marriage because it means the federal government must now accept same-sex marriages in the 13 states where they are legally recognized.  But what happens when a gay couple married in Hawaii, say, moves to Alabama?  Which state’s law does the federal government then recognize?  Soon enough lower courts will declare that laws barring gay marriage to be illegal and the Supreme Court will have to revisit the issue.

“Our hope is that Justice Roberts is right about Justice Kennedy’s opinion, and that the gay marriage debate can continue to play out democratically in the states.  As Justice Scalia writes, such basic moral and social issues are best settled through politics and not judicial ukase.”  The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2013, p. A 20.

“It takes real cheek for today’s majority to assure us, as it is going out the door, that a constitutional requirement to give formal recognition to same-sex marriage is not  at issue here—when what has preceded that assurance [DOMA]  is a lecture on how superior the majority’s moral judgment in favor of same-sex marriage is to the Congress’s hateful moral judgment against it.” Antonin Scalia, Ibid.

Marriage decisions

SUPREME COURT | The high court declares DOMA unconstitutional, and its rationale has traditional marriage proponents worried

Emily Belz, World Today’s News, June 26, 2013

Same-sex marriage proponents celebrate outside the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.
The Supreme Court paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage by declaring on Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was discriminatory against gay married couples. 

Yet the court’s other major marriage decision Wednesday, by Chief Justice John Roberts, offered a counterbalance: Roberts dismissed California’s Proposition 8 case on standing, allowing states to continue to debate the definition of marriage.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the DOMA opinion with the court’s four liberal justices, said that if states recognized gay marriage, the federal government could not deny benefits to same-sex married couples. DOMA had created, according to Kennedy, “second-tier marriages” by not recognizing gay married couples.

“It tells those [same-sex] couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition,” he wrote. “It humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.”

Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a blistering dissent, saying the Supreme Court was considering itself “enthroned” at the “apex of government” by knocking down a law that Congress passed with strong bipartisan majorities.

“Few public controversies will ever demonstrate so vividly the beauty of what our framers gave us, a gift the court pawns today to buy its stolen moment in the spotlight: a system of government that permits us to rule ourselves,” he wrote. “We might have covered ourselves with honor today, by promising all sides of this debate that it was theirs to settle and that we would respect their resolution. We might have let the people decide. But that the majority will not do.” Continue reading

Humanism as Religion

“One day while browsing through a library in Colorado Springs, [Julian] Huxley came across some essays by Lord Morley in which he found these words: ‘The next greatthe_thinker-e1296494386678 task of science will be to create a religion for humanity.’  Huxley was challenged by this vision.  He wrote, ‘I was fired by sharing his conviction that science would of necessity play an essential part in framing any religion of the future worthy of the name.’  Huxley took up Morley’s challenge to develop a scientific religion.  He called it ‘Evolutionary Humanism’’” (Julian Huxley was president of the British Humanist Association.) Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encycl. Of Christian Apologetics, p. 346.

“As the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, Thomas Ferrick has a huge following: the entire University…When first-year students voluntarily indicate their religious affiliations during registration each year, fewer than 200 check off humanism, said Ferrick.”  Harvard University Gazette, July 9, 1993, p. 1.

“Humanism is a religion.”  Archie J. Bahm, The World’s Living Religions, p. 335.

“In this [university] arena, it is not Protestantism, Catholicism, or Judaism which will emerge the victor, but secular humanism, a cultural force which in many respects is stronger in the United States than any of the major religious groups or any alliance among them.”  Leo Pfeffer, Journal of Church and State, Vol. 19, Spring 1977, p. 211.

“Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.”  United States Supreme Court, Torcaso v. Watkins (1961), p. 495.

Editors Note:  For further information on whether or not Secular Humanism is a religion contact for a six page summary entitled “America’s Unofficial Educational Religion.”  Also, write Summit Ministries, P. O. Box 207, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 for a copy of Clergy in the Classroom.

The World’s Most Dynamic Religion Is… 

Dennis Prager, Whistleblower, June 2013, p. 39, 46

For at least the last hundred years, the world’s most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.

It is leftism.

Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One reason is that leftism is overwhelmingly secular (more than merely secular: it is inherently opposed to all traditional religions), and therefore people do not regard it as a religion. Another is that leftism so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore, the vast majority of the people who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life.

That, in turn, explains why anyone who opposes leftism is labeled anti-intellectual, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-minority and anti-reason (among many other pejorative epithets): Leftists truly believe that there is no other way to think.

How successful has leftism been? Continue reading