Scout's Honor & Scouting for All: Thought you might be interested in what the bible-abusers
are saying about you in the name of "christian love."
Subj: [TFV News] Another pro-gay PBS summer
Date Tue, 26 Jun 2001 11:23:22 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Damian J. Anderson" <email@example.com>
To: True Family Values News <TFVNews@unification.net>
June 25, 2001
Another pro-gay PBS summer
You can count on some things in life. The sun will come up. The Washington Redskins think they have another winning
team this year. And in those lazy, hazy days of summer, PBS will take your tax dollars and air another offensive
agitprop film promoting the righteousness of homosexuality.
It's becoming an annual taxpayer-hazing tradition of the series "P.O.V.," funded by PBS, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and a little radical subsidized boutique called the Independent Television Service. Ten
years ago, scores of PBS stations refused to run or delayed airing Marlon Riggs' "Tongues Untied," a
salute to black homoeroticism, complete with F-words and grotesque caricatures of male sex organs. By that standard,
this year's effort -- a film called "Scouts' Honor" -- was a calm walk
in the park.
"Scouts' Honor" didn't need to have words beeped out, and it didn't get graphic about gay sex. But it
was a remarkable salute to Steven Cozza, a 16-year-old kid whose idea of fun is demeaning the Boy Scouts of America
at gay pride rallies.
What did the Boy Scouts do to this boy? Nothing. He's doing this because he's been egged on by his ultraliberal
dad to take a wrecking ball to an American tradition.
Let's be clear about a couple of things here. When he started this, Steve Cozza was a 12-year-old child without
the intellectual development to make an intellectual case on his own. And that makes his father, in my book, a
rather wretched person for his cowardly manipulation of his child.
In picking the film "P.O.V.," Executive Producer Cara Mertes told one reporter, "I think one of
the reasons Steven Cozza started this movement was to send his notion of rights for the gay population, but also
to share his wonderful experience with the Scouts. It's a really beloved organization, and this has been really
difficult for people to decide where to come down on."
Steven Cozza started no "movement"; his childish antics are simply being bolstered by the likes of PBS,
which put 50 pounds on the scale in favor of those who think the beloved Boy Scouts are a gruesome gathering of
Not even reviewers from liberal newspapers are buying the PBS "balance" canard. "Conservatives
may bristle while watching it," acknowledged the Washington Post. "This isn't a news documentary, but
a sympathetic examination of the personalities involved in trying to change the Boy Scouts' rules," reported
the New York Times.
The film's objective is to provoke the maximum amount of sympathy for Steven Cozza and other leftist anti-Scout
Other than placing Cozza with his role model, a gay church camp counselor, or watching Cozza making jokes about
nuns at a Metropolitan Community Church event, this film has no serious brush with religion. Neither does it ever
seek to explore whether Cozza lives up to the Scout Law promise to be reverent, something ignored by sympathetic
reviewers. Instead we get statements from the likes of Times TV critic Julie Salamon, who writes of another of
the film's heroes, gay ex-Scout Tim Curran:
"Like Steven Cozza after him, Mr. Curran was an attractive spokesman: articulate, good-looking and non-threatening,
except to those who were automatically threatened by his being gay."
This crackpot-alarmism is the direction one takes to sidestep the issue. People who do pay serious attention to
what the Bible says can be "automatically threatened" by homosexuality. Practicing it is a very serious
sin, along with many other sins that all-too-human believers struggle to avoid. Sin threatens to separate us from
God for an eternity. But the "progressive" parade at PBS laughs at fear of sin, for they think that Heaven
will be just like their vision for the Boy Scouts, where everybody gets in because their God is first and foremost
To the maker of "Scouts' Honor," Tom Shepard, there is no conservative or liberal. There is only forward
or backward, enlightened or ignorant. He boasts of the political potential of his film: "The Boy Scouts could
be a really useful organization in the new century. Are they going to cling to these antiquated policies of the
past or jump on board with contemporary society?"
Shepard and the producers of "P.O.V." celebrate the "voiceless," chatter about "pluralism"
and "democracy in action"; but when it comes to putting a serious debate on TV, they won't give their
opponents the time of day. In an hour, we see maybe a minute of fleeting snippets of Pat Buchanan, Rev. Lou Sheldon,
and anonymous talking heads opposing the film's heroes. But they are props, there only for viewers to see the kind
of insensitivity the "good guys" are up against.
Sadly, it needs to be said once again: You paid for this slop with your tax dollars.
Brent Bozell is President of Media Research Center, a TownHall.com member group.
Damian J. Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.unification.net