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I’ve never been a fan of the Boy Scouts.  My father was a scout leader when he was young, my  husband was also a scout.  Both of my boys have been scouts and I have been a cub scout leader, thanks to the church to which I go, on multiple occasions.  While I can see some benefit in the organization for boys, especially boys whose fathers are absent or neglectful, I find myself uncomfortable with SOME “devoted” leaders within the program.  They become too involved, too invested, becoming that person who “knows how the program is supposed to work and you’re not doing it right”.   That said there are opportunities for boys to lead, which they get no where else in this society but the one up mans ship and pressure that accompanies these things can be difficult for some boys and parents to swallow.

The one thing that I could never fault the organization on, in the twenty years I’ve been exposed to it, is their insistence in obeying the scout law and oath.

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.

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

I copied this from the Boy Scout of America web site so this is their official declaration to the world, as it were. While the goals are laudable, it seems the coursing and cancer that affects our society has finally worked it’s way into this venerated organization.

Yesterday the Boy Scouts of America, modeled after the organization begun by Robert Baden-Powel (1st Baron Baden-Powell) in Britain in 1908, voted to allow openly gay boys to participated in it’s program.  Other changes through the years were developed in order to address the issues of race, a place for younger boys and activities for older boys, which were in line with both the Scout Oath and the Scout law.  Yesterday’s vote however, flies in the face of the words and intention of the scout oath.  I would guess that with in short order a new oath will be unveiled. One more in keeping with the new patina of the scouting program.  Maybe a rainbow patch will be developed to go on the opposite arm of the uniform or right under the American flag.

Please do not get me wrong. I do not hate gays, I do not hate gay boys, I do not hate anyone. I simply believe that if one wants to join an organization one does not join it and expect them to change their paradigm to accommodate the feelings of a small minority.  As a socialist one shouldn’t  join the VFW or American legion and expect them to embrace the ideas of Karl Marx.  If one is an atheist one shouldn’t expect the Knights of Columbus to denounce the Catholic Church.  If one likes and wears animal fur they shouldn’t think that by joining PETA the organization should accept and acknowledge that a good use for minks is a fur stole.

It has been the focus of the Boy Scout organization to mold and shape young men into leaders, to create good citizens who value learning, set goals and participate in the economy, in government, in the military and all other facets of life on the planet.  Boy Scouts have been business leaders, government officials, teachers, generals, religious leaders and so much more.  This has been a great boon to our society and hopefully will continue to be so.  The organization has also been a refuge from the chaos of our ever coarsening culture, but no more.  The Boy Scouts have embraced the “new normal”.  They have thrown away a century of insistence that their members are;

To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

They are now no different than any other organization that has knuckled under to Political Correctness. They, as the Mad Hatter said to Alice, ” have lost their muchness.”

So what, you ask?  Why does it matter?  To me I guess the crux of the matter is the forcing of others to either abandon or abdicate their personal beliefs.  Why do I have to change my beliefs to suit those who disagree with me?  I wouldn’t force an atheist to pray or a Muslim to eat pork.  I wouldn’t support a law that makes sagging pants a crime nor would I make it a law that everyone should be allowed to join any group no matter whether they are eligible to join or not.  Seriously, should the Daughters of the American Revolution be forced to accept someone  who doesn’t have any ancestors in the United States? Should Mensa be forced to accept people with an IQ of 50?  Should AARP be forced to accept members in their teens?

My point is that according to the history and stated oath of the Boy Scout organization a scout must be “morally straight” and I don’t mean it as in “straight vs gay” .  I mean straight as in correct, within standards according to religious doctrine.  This organization acknowledges God in it’s oath as well. Will that be the next thing to go?  They say they aren’t going to allow gay leaders. How long before that goes by the wayside? Once a society begins to compromise it’s principles than it is ripe for destruction from within while it’s enemies wait, like slavering beasts to divide the carcass. See Greece, Rome or modern day Britain for examples of this.

The thought of some who accept this new direction for the Scouts will of course be that by bringing in “gay” boys they will be exposing them to boys who don’t feel as they do, which will in turn help guide gay boys to the alternative, especially if they want to fit in.  This of course is patent nonsense.  Bussing was a program that was going to revolutionize inner city life for children. They would be taken from their schools and put into schools with children who were progressing, which in turn would encourage the inner city children to perform better. It looked so good on paper but the opposite occurred. In many situations the schools achievement numbers went down or flattened out.  Why work hard to get ahead if the guy sitting next to you does nothing and still passes.  Children aren’t stupid  (most of the time). Agreeing to accept those into an organization who will not follow the set standards and insist that those standards be changed to suit their agenda never ends well for the organization nor the people they serve.

It won’t end well here either.  History has proven that, but we can’t learn from history.  What do a bunch of dead guys know anyway?

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Today I saw an article  titled Illinois mom who left newborn to freeze to death given 50-year sentence.   In this article it reports that a 32 year old woman hid her pregnancy and gave birth alone, disposing of the bloody clothing and leaving the baby alongside the road to freeze to death.  Apparently they found the remains of two other baby girls in the woman’s trunk. The prosecutors dropped 11 other murder charges because she pled guilty to this one murder. All of this happened in 2004 when this woman was 23 years old and she apparently had been pregnant twice before.

I am confused about several things.  If this woman had this baby and left her to die on the road (which is without a doubt a horrific thing to do)  why was she facing 11 or 12 charges. As far as I know you can only murder someone once. Did she have 11 babies that they aren’t reporting on? If that’s the case did she first get pregnant when she was 12 and get pregnant every year there after or did she have multiple births?  Disposing of the remains must have gotten difficult. No wonder she was tripped up.  Now it is a given that I don’t have a clue about how the law works, but it seems to me that you can only kill someone one time. But this is really a periphery issue.

Another odd thing is that in all of the articles I read no one mentioned, why?  What was her motive? Not that she’s not guilty, she admitted it.  But what led her to do this, not once apparently but twice before?  Surely she’s not sane?   Sane people do not act this way. If she’s not sane shouldn’t she be sent somewhere that she can be helped and then sent back to prison.  I see this woman managing to get pregnant in jail (after all that seems to happen quite frequently) and doing something similar while in jail.  Where is the disconnect? Of course she’s from Illinois the home state of our abortion loving first family (don’t get punished with a baby, you know) so I’m not terribly surprised.  That said even pro abortion supporters seem to find this behavior abhorrent, which brings me to the other issue that confuses me.

What really  is the difference between this case and the thousands or hundreds of thousands of babies stabbed in the back of the head by an abortionist while still in the birth canal.  Babies that would have been born alive if only their head had come out faster.  Then again this is Illinois, the same state that tried to pass measures to protect the lives of babies born after botched abortions and where our president sought to block medical aid to said babies. Barak Obama has made his pro abortion sentiments known for years and he sided with abortionists on this piece of legislation in 2001 and again in 2002.  He claims he would have supported the bills if the contained the same language as the federal law, but they were amended to have the same wording, and he still opposed the bills.

Then there is this from the champions of a woman’s right to murder her own infant, Planned Parenthood.  Begun by Margaret Sanger, eugenist and racist this organization champions the right of women to ultimate control over their bodies and apparently any thing the comes out of said body. I looked on the big 4 web sites (CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS) and could find NO articles on the above event.  It was as if Alisa LaPolt Snow the woman in the video, never stood before Florida legislators and told them that she had no information what would happen to a child laying on the abortion table fighting for life.  Apparently that was above her pay grade.  What she did say was;

“We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” Snow said, apparently unaware that such an act constitutes murder under most any other circumstances.” (naturalnews.com)

So let me get this straight.  If a woman by herself disposes of an unwanted infant she gets 50 or 60 years in prison.  If a woman allows an abortionist to dispatch said unwanted infant she not only get her abortion paid for, she goes free to be impregnated again, with impunity.   Life is so unbearably complex.  We put people in jail for the murder and abuse of children and we put them in jail a long, long time.  What could be more abusive than the murder of an innocent life.  We have become so schizophrenic in our thinking about abortion that it has lead to this.  Sesame Street famously (long ago now, it’s not politically correct anymore) stated that if it breathes, eats and grows that is how you know, it’s alive.  Infants in the womb who can breath, eat and grow if delivered are alive and when you kill someone that is alive that is murder.

How can we charge someone with double murder who shoots and kills a mother and her unborn child and yet we do, if the infant is not alive?  We must come to a intelligent, cogent, moral decision on this issue, because we are damaging ourselves and untold generations by our willingness to play “God”, in deciding who lives and who dies.  How long before we will be deciding if someones quality of life is appropriate or if they should be dispatched to “ease their suffering” or more likely to ease the suffering or burden of the family or the state?  The slippery slope begun by Roe vs Wade has not yet achieved critical mass but it soon will.

A country can be judged on how it treats it’s most vulnerable members.   What will history say of us?  I’m afraid to even guess.

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(Please don’t read if religious material and ideas offend you.  Come back later)

As most of you know already I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  If you know anything about the LDS church you’ll know we have no paid clergy. Everything is done by members.  We serve in leadership positions and we teach.  I’ve taught………a lot.  I’ve spent 33 years teaching every age from 18 months to 99 years old.  My most challenging age has been the 14-18 year olds.  Not that they were bad to teach, some were just hard to reach.  One of the things I most wanted to teach them along with whatever Gospel topic assigned that week was the following:

Satan is real.  He’s not a boogey man made up to get little children to obey the rules.  He is a real entity, who moves through the world leaving misery and destruction in his wake.  Satan’s plan is not new, nor is it sophisticated.  He seeks to make all men miserable like unto himself. His plan from the beginning was to compel all mankind to return to the Father as long as he got all the glory. Nothing has changed except now he’s working for himself.  He seeks to frustrate the Plan of Salvation by deceiving and coercing man to reject God, and these days he’s doing a bang up job.  His minions and sycophants wander the earth sowing discord and frustration, hatred and intolerance far and wide.  He has over the course of human experience tried, so far unsuccessfully, to impact on the majority of people, through war, awful leaders and Sodom and Gomorrah’s.  Today his tactic is to focus on the destruction of the family.

It has been in the news lately but known by religious leaders for millenia that the family is the bed rock of society.  Not perceived families but real families.  Two adults of different genders, committed to raise children within the bounds of civilized behavior to create the new generation of people to then create the next generation.  What do we have now?  Half of the marriages today end in divorce (and yes I know sometimes that can’t be helped but living correct principles and not settling for someone who refuses to do  can so go a long way to helping that not happen).  This situation leaves the most vulnerable among us, children, in chaotic and precarious positions.  Stress and uncertainty, unhappiness and anger are the legacy of this.  These same children go on to make the same or similar decisions as their parents did, unless acted upon by a greater force.

In the last several years there have been studies reported on about the sad fate of most children raised by homosexual couples.  While the parents are surely not impeding their children’s happiness on purpose the very wrongness of the situation has an impact on them and their children and their children’s children.  Depression and unhappiness will not be destroyed by allow gender neutral marriage.  It is not a functional situation.  Children learn how to be men and women by watching their parents.  They can not learn from a man no matter how “female” he feels, how to be a woman or vise versa.  Each gender is given specific gifts, talents and responsibilities.  Without adoption and or massive medial assistance two people of the same gender will never produce offspring.  It is a fact of nature, not nurture.

Be not fooled. Satan desires to have you.  He will shift you like wheat and unlike our Heavenly Father he doesn’t love you.  As a matter of fact he hates you. You have a body, something his rebellion in the pre existence has denied him.  Know thy enemy. He knows you so be valiant.  You can overcome his machinations but only if you understand that he is  real. His evil is real. There is a difference between that which is right and that which is wrong and wickedness will never be happiness. Not in this world or in the other.

These are the most important things I have ever told my students and my children.  They are true whether you wish to believe them or not. They are a testimony to the grace and goodness of the God that grants me breath and to whom I owe all that I am and all that I have.

This testimony brought to you thanks in large part by facebook people who can’t seem to figure out the difference between being loved and being hated.  They in their very intolerance have become puppets in a war that has been waged since BEFORE the world began. One side promised eternal life the other eternal regret.  Doesn’t seem like a hard choice to me but than again I’m just a religious nut job who actually believes this stuff.  What a maroon, right?

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