The following was posted on the Constitution Party’s Facebook page on June 13, 2013:
In response to a comment that the Boy Scouts should be free to make their own rules and choose their own leadership, we wholeheartedly agree as evidenced in the plank on Religious Liberty:
Article I of the Bill of Rights reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Our Constitution grants no authority to the federal government either to grant or deny the religious expressions of the people in any place. Both the First and Tenth Amendments forbid such tyranny.
We call upon all branches of government to cease their attacks on the religious liberties of the people and the states, regardless of the forum in which these liberties are exercised.
We assert that any form of taxation on churches and other religious organizations is a direct and dangerous step toward state control of the church. Such intrusion is prohibited by the Constitution and must be halted.
We assert that private organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, can determine their own membership, volunteers, and employment based on their oaths and creeds.
(The following is the opinion of the national Communications Director Karen Murray, and is NOT an official statement of the Constitution Party.)
Note: The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow boys who consider themselves to be homosexual is up to the BSA. However, most Constitution Party supporters believe what Noah Webster said, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws… All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts in the Bible.” They also believe the words of John Adams when he said, “”We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.
Yes, the BSA has the right of association with whomever they please, as do we all. If a group or organization or individual cannot support this decision in good conscience they have the unalienable right to dis-associate from the BSA. Many Constitution Party supporters have served as leaders or were raised in the Scouting tradition. They also have the unalienable right to be saddened at what they see as a violation of the Scout Oath:
On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The future holds the answer. Our children shall reap the consequences of our choices, whether they be good or evil. In the meantime, the Constitution Party absolutely upholds the right of the BSA to associate with whomever they choose. We also affirm the right of individuals and organizations to dis-associate with the BSA should they choose to do so. If we opposed the right of association, we would cease to be the Constitution Party, and we might as well accept the demise of the American Constitutional Republic. But as we are eternal optimists, we will continue to support religious liberty in America, under the Constitution, no matter who may disagree with us.