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Excerpts: Perry on gays, Boy Scouts and ACLU

By W. Gardner Selby | Monday, February 11, 2008, 09:07 AM

Gov. Rick Perry gave an interview on his new book on Friday. Our account, viewable here, led a reader to wonder what-in-hey is a No. 2 washtub. “Bizarre,” the reader said. (If they’re looking for a wash tub pic, try this link. But, I confess, it’s not identified as a No. 2 tub.)

Meanwhile, some excerpts from Perry’s book, which questions the American Civil Liberties Union’s efforts to open the Boy Scouts of America to gays and people who don’t declare a belief in God:

“Only they know, but isn’t it odd that the ACLU, which champions First Amendment rights, wants them applied selectively? It seems some of the most intolerant acts occur in the name of tolerance; a paradox that seems to describe much of the ACLU’s political agenda.”

“The point is that Scouting is not the place for sex education. When a gay or lesbian leader makes an issue of his or her sexual preference, it makes it impossible to remove sexual conduct from the Scouting realm.”

“Though I am no expert on the ‘nature versus nature’ debate, I can sympathize with those who believe sexual preference is genetic. It may be so, but it remains unproved. Even if it were, this does not mean we are ultimately not responsible for the active choices we make. Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink. And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

“A loving, tolerant view toward those who have a different sexual preference is the ideal position—for both the heterosexual and the homosexual. I do not believe in condemning homosexuals that I know personally. I believe in valuing their lives like any others, as our God in heaven does… Tolerance is a two-way street. The Boy Scouts is not the proper intersection for a debate over sexual preference.”

“The ACLU’s focus is almost exclusively on efforts to curb Christianity.”

“The ACLU is nothing if not tenacious in its determination to have atheism (represented by approximately 5 percent of the population) prevail in the public square and to force the Boy Scouts to accept gay activists as scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters.”

“Their view is that if one citizen believes there is no God, they must be protected from public references to or an acknowledgement of an Almighty Creator.”

“In other words, when they get their way, the ACLU enforces upon us the tyranny of the minority.”

“It’s as if the mere mention of a Creator is too powerful an idea for their own Godless ideology to withstand. Perhaps that’s because there is a grain of truth to the idea that, indeed, all of Creation does speak to the existence of God.”

“The faith that permeates the lives of so many middle Americans is often derided as a crutch for weak people. This seems to be the view of many liberal elitists who worship the false idol of self. The views of a great many Americans are cast aside as over-simplified, and the liberal intelligentsia like to think of themselves as the only legitimate arbiters of morality. They think the public simply doesn’t know better and is easily manipulated by the emotional appeals of troglodyte, conservative commentators. The people cannot have what they want, but instead should be told what they need. Liberal elitists have a low opinion of their fellow man and woman, hence the ‘need’ to protect us from ourselves and our ‘irrational’ passions.”

“If the liberal elites were only to try to chip away at the values of society from the outside, it might not matter except in the particular cases where their narrow view prevails. The fact is, however, they are entrenched in public positions of power, wielding the levers of control in public institutions across the country.”

“Academics have almost as much job security as federal judges; they are almost as hard to fire. Each year our colleges graduate young people with degrees in fields such as journalism and political science who have been taught that corporations are evil, religion is the opiate of the masses, and morality is relative.”

“If…the countercultural activists can take down the Scouts, they will have gone a long way toward imposing a culture of self and moral relativism on the entire nation.”

“The ACLU’s purpose—protecting individual liberties—is a prime example of a virtuous cause becoming subverted by an extreme interpretation.”

“Whether it is protecting the rights of pornographers, molesters, perverts, terrorists, garden-variety thugs, or those merely hostile to a belief in God, the ACLU is there to provide aid and comfort, in additional to a well-funded legal arsenal.”

“ …the First Amendment is really just a convenient tool to espouse something greater: the ACLU’s ultra-left agenda. Otherwise, they would defend the conservative Christian and not just the atheist, the Marine accused of a war crime and not just the terrorist sitting in a cell in Guantanamo.”

“We Americans have developed poor manners. I do not exclude myself from this indictment. In my case, acts of rudeness are shown on the television news all across Texas, as was the case when I was caught by a live microphone using vulgar language right after an interview with a Houston television reporter ended. I suppose such vulgar vernacular has become so common that people could identify with me showing a little frustration using ‘street talk.’ Nevertheless, it was wrong. It fell short of the standard I learned long ago in the Scouts: to be courteous and kind.”

“Leadership is sorely missing in our society today. I speak not just of public figures in elected office who have let us down, but the lack of leadership in our neighborhoods and communities. Do teachers’ unions care more about the education of children or the financial benefits of their membership? Do education administrators care more about the college graduation rate of their high school seniors or the size of their budgets and the number of slush funds at their disposal? Do pastors and priests care more about the number of attendees at services or the number of people who have been transformed by a renewed sense of faith? Do corporations care more about th eprofit they have turned or the investment they have made in their employees and their stewardship of community resources?”

“It is not as if the Boy Scouts teach intolerance toward the atheist or the homosexual; it is just not the purpose of the Scouts to engage in a debate about these issues… In a wider context, it is also not my personal belief that society should condemn either the homosexual or the atheist. We must draw a line in the sand: people have the right to decide for themselves what they will believe in the core of their being, and how they will live… For those who want to throw stones at homosexuals in the name of calling out sin, may they be just as loud about adultery among heterosexuals and pornography among their own churchgoing friends.”

“You can’t have a rational discussion with the left about nature versus nurture, global warming, or the validity of evolution because they claim science has already weighed in. Yet, science reveals new discoveries all the time and in so doing, for instance, makes the evolutionary explanation less plausible.”

“Scouting will survive as long as it sticks to the virtues and values of the great middle class.”




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