Better Check Your Facts, Mr. Norris
June 28, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Chuck Norris’ recent rant on AmmoLand.com alleging conspiratorial connections between President Obama and Boy Scouts of America board member James Turley has us scratching our heads.
Let’s take a look at just a few of Norris’ rhetorical questions:
“Is it a coincidence that a couple of months ago, Obama reversed his position on marriage, extending the union to gay couples, and that Turley just came out of the closet in his position against the BSA’s position?”
In May President Barack Obama’s historic endorsement of marriage equality made a bold statement that LGBT individuals and their families deserve nothing less than the equal respect and recognition that comes through marriage.
Over one month later, Turley made a statement that he would no longer endorse the anti-gay membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America.
Yes, Mr. Norris. It’s a coincidence that could only be attributed to the rising tides of change in favor of equality for all Americans.
How about his statement, “Is it a coincidence that Turley was nominated to President Obama’s Export Council in 2010?”
Seems to us that Turley’s sky-high approval rating at Ernst &Young, an international accounting firm with auditing and accounting operations in 140 countries, would make him an obvious appointee to the Export Council, along with the 17 other Corporate Chiefs.
It would also appear Norris hadn’t looked into his endorsed candidate’ Gov. Mitt Romney, position before he let loose. Turns out Romney is not in support of BSA’s anti-gay policy, either.
While debating Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts’s 1994 Senate election, Romney said:
“I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”
Where’s the conspiracy behind that one, Mr. Norris?