State Leaders Urge Boy Scouts to Uphold Moral Values

Feb 2, 2013

A growing group of Texas elected officials have released an open letter to the Boy Scouts of America:

As state elected officials, we strongly encourage the Boy Scouts of America to stick with their decades of support for family values and moral principles. Capitulating to the liberal social agenda not only undermines the very principles of scouting, but sets the stage for the erosion of an organization that has defined the American experience for generations of young men.

Scouts begin each meeting with an Oath, “to do my duty, to God and my country, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” By caving in to pressure from the social left, the national leadership would violate each of those principles.

Worse still, the contemplated national policy would throw to the wolves chartering organizations and scout troops that choose to stick with scouting’s historic and legally protected policy. Left to defend themselves from legal attacks, we fear many churches and other entities will choose to simply abandon scouting altogether – it will be the safer course, and one hastening the organization’s eventual collapse.

Rest assured that while adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might earn temporary kudos, you can never do enough to appease those who want to see the scouts robbed of their moral authority.

We urge you to be morally and physically strong. We urge you to protect all that scouting has been, and all that it can remain.

Letter Signers:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson

Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-Bonham)

State Senator Ken Paxton (R-McKinney)

State Senator Kelly Hancock (R-Fort Worth)

State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury)

State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston)

State Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood)

State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)

State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville)

State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas)

State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy)

State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)

State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)

State Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake)

State Representative Pat Fallon (R-Frisco)

State Representative Scott Sanford (R-McKinney)

State Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano)

State Representative Matt Krause (R-Ft. Worth)

State Representative Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton)

State Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands)

State Representative Scott Turner (R-Frisco)

State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford)

State Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker)

State Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound)

State Representative Van Taylor (R-Plano)

State Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth)

State Representative Bill Zedler (R-Arlington)

State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola)

State Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster)

State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Canton)

State Representative Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia)

State Representative Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler)

State Representative James White (R-Woodville)

State Representative Rob Orr (R-Burleson)

State Representative James Frank (R-Wichita Falls)

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston)

State Representative David Simpson (R-Longview)

State Representative Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood)

State Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land)

State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford)

State Representative Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)

State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs)

State Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)

State Representative Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving)

State Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton)

State Representative Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches)

State Representative Paul Workman (R-Austin)

State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland)

State Representative Gary Elkins (R-Houston)

State Representative Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe)

State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen)

State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson (R-Waco)

State Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston)

State Representative George Lavender (R-Texarkana)

State Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Cypress)

State Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock)

State Representative Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball)

State Representative Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton)

State Representative John Smithee (R-Amarillo)

State Board of Education Member Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio)

State Board of Education Member David Bradley (R-Beaumont)

Collin Country Commissioner Pct 3 Chris Hill (BSA Circle Ten Lone Star District Chairman)

Collin County Judge Keith Self

Collin County Commissioner Pct 1 Matt Shaheen

*We will update the list as more officials sign. To sign on to the letter, please email [email protected].

Take Action:

1. Sign the Save Our Scouts Petition at SaveOurScouts.net.

2. Here is a list of key board members and their phone numbers. Call their offices and ask for them by name. If they are not available, please leave a message that you want them to vote against any policy change that would allow homosexuals to serve with boys.

3. Contact Wayne Brock, Chief Boy Scouts Executive, via our Action Center to send him a message.

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