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The Boy Scouts of America will square off against the American Civil Liberties Union on Valentine's Day in the courthouse of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At issue is the Boy Scouts' stewardship of property belonging to the City of San Diego. The Scouts operate and maintain Camp Balboa and the San Diego Youth Aquatic Center at their own expense. Both facilities are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The case comes to the Ninth Circuit from U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones, a Clinton-appointed ACLU activist. In suing the City of San Diego and the Boy Scouts, the ACLU represented an agnostic couple and an atheist couple who were offended by the Boy Scouts' stewardship of city property.
Jones determined that the Boy Scouts are a "religious organization" because they affirm a "duty to God" in the Scout Oath. He therefore decided that it is a violation of the First Amendment for the Boy Scouts to have a partnership with the City of San Diego. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts are private and have the right to make their own determination about who can and cannot be a member.
The Boy Scouts of America is a fine organization that affords youth a much-needed moral structuring--a wonderful alternative to gangs, drugs, and crime. The opposition to the Boy Scouts by the ACLU is yet another example of the ultra-liberal agenda upon which that organization is predicated.