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February 7, 2013 | 3,210 views | 7 comments

Austin, TX, February 5, 2013 - Today, a group of over 30 Texas state elected officials, including state-wide office holders, state senators, state representatives,among others, released an open letter encouraging the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to hold true to their long-standing support of family values and traditional moral principles. Governor Rick Perry also recently announced similar support at a Boy Scout event at the Texas Capitol, calling on the BSA to not rescind its currentlypolicy on homosexuality.

The Board of the BSA is currently meeting at their National headquarters in Irving, Texas and has announced they are considering overturning their current policy of not allowing homosexual leaders and members. Since the announcement lastweek of a potential policy change, concern among scouts, scout leaders, parents, churches, and elected officials has continued to grow as thousands of phone calls and emails have flooded the BSA, encouraging the Board to leave in place their current policy on homosexuality.

"The Boy Scouts should stand firm and show the country that their timeless values are not for sale to the highest bidder. Homosexual advocacy groups are using political and financial pressure to force their immorality on a private organization, and they must be stopped," said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values.

The "Save Our Scouts" Prayer Vigil and Rally has been set for Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the BSA National Headquarters at 10 a.m. The National Headquarters is located at 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX.

More information on the rally can be found at

Pleasefind the open letter and signers on the following page. Updated signers will be posted here:

Texas Values stands for faith, family, and freedom in Texas. More information is available at

Texas Values
900 Congress, Suite 220
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 478-2220

February 5, 2013

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.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
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 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 Board of Education Member Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio)
State Board of Education Member David Bradley (R-Beaumont)
Collin County Commissioner Pct 3 Chris Hill (BSA Circle Ten Lone Star District Chairman)
Collin County Commissioner Pct 1 Matt Shaheen
Collin County Judge Keith Self
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Your Opinions and Comments

Jane Q Citizen  
Wilson Co  
February 13, 2013 2:18am
Are they like a private club that excluded certain religion, race and gender traits? Must the letter of the law exclude the person?

Boots&HighWaters needed  
February 11, 2013 6:03pm
The concern more than likely is that it would open the door up for gay scout leaders. scary

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 10, 2013 6:10pm
"everybody" knows that the Boy Scouts is a private organization that is not required by law to allow homosexuals to join. But, that does not mean that they are not subject to public opinion. If people stopped giving... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
February 9, 2013 10:23pm
4th your true color has shown through I always knew you were a democrate Boy scouts org is a private org and big brother has no right on telling them who should be a member

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 9, 2013 12:29pm
Oh, by the way, I am not a liberal Democrate...I think of myself as being conservative.

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 9, 2013 12:27pm
So, left up to many folk homosexuals are to be continually treated as a stinking dredge to society even though scientific evidence shows that homosexuality is just a matter of having a gene that makes one that way. I suppose... More ›

Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
February 9, 2013 5:06am
Interesting that not one "Blue Dog" Democrat has the intestinal fortitude to sign this. Spineless Lefty politicians towing the "Party Line". PC strikes again.

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