THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT
April 14, 2000
APRIL 26: HIGH COURT TO CONSIDER:
MUST BOY SCOUTS ACCEPT GAY LEADERS?
"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
Christians Urged to Gather, Pray & Fast!
On April 26, a day after hearing oral arguments in a landmark partial birth abortion case, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in another historic case in which they will decide whether the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) may exclude individuals who practice homosexuality.
- In Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the Boy Scouts are appealing New Jersey Appeals Court and New Jersey Supreme Court rulings that define the BSA as a "place of public accommodation" subject to New Jersey laws outlawing discrimination against homosexuals.
- In 1990, 20-year-old James Dale, an exemplary scout for 12 years, was serving as an assistant scoutmaster in his Matewan, New Jersey troop. When Dale became co-president of a gay & lesbian student group on the campus of Rutgers University, the local governing BSA council revoked his status as a Scout leader, telling him that the Boy Scouts of America "does not admit avowed homosexuals to membership in the organization." In 1992, Dale sued the local council and the BSA for discrimination, seeking reinstatement and monetary damages.
- The New Jersey Supreme Court rejected the Scouts' argument that accepting homosexuals into the organization would violate the Scout Oath, in which Scouts vow to remain "morally straight," and the Scout Law, which requires members to be "clean." The court ruled, instead, that the "Scouts' expulsion of Dale is based on little more than prejudice and not on a unified Boy Scout position."
- In their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Scouts argued that, "Almost any organization could find itself a victim of a court's desire to foster social change by forcing private social associations to conform to its idea of egalitarian values." Indeed, this ruling will clearly impact all clubs, social organizations, campus groups, and fraternal organizations, perhaps even church-related Scout groups whose standards disallow acceptance of members and/or leaders who preach or practice sodomy.
Readers of The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert know that judicial rulings in recent years have strongly favored special homosexual rights. Bill Clinton has used the powers of his office to promote the homosexual agenda in every possible way. Al Gore has pledged to do even more if he wins the presidency in November.
The Supreme Court's decision on the Boy Scouts could be a disaster for Bible-believing Christians, or it will set a precedent that will protect private, semi-private and quasi-religious groups from coerced homosexualization for at least a little longer. For now, prayer is our only course of action.
The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert has joined the Christian Defense Coalition in calling Christians everywhere to set aside Sunday, April 23 and Monday, April 24, to pray and fast for this and other epochal cases the court will hear that week. A Candlelight Vigil will be held at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 24, at 8PM. Please join us and encourage your friends to join us, too. Feel free to forward copies of this Alert to others.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray:
Lord, have MERCY! ANOINT the Boy Scouts' attorney. COMPEL the Court to rule for RIGHTEOUSNESS & FREEDOM. Awaken your Church to prayer & effective action (Gen 18:20-32; 19:24-28; Lev 18:22-30; Dt 16:18-20; 1 Kg 3:9; 8:32-34; 2 Chr 19:5-7; Ps 75:4-10; Is 33:22; Jn 5:30; Jn 7:24; Acts 17:31).
"Please check back with us as new matters for prayer are posted each week. By joining together with others, the power of our prayers are multiplied.
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