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Chuck Norris Defends Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policies in Bizarre Rant

Chuck Norris; Boy ScoutsPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Action star and right-wing activist Chuck Norris has a few questions for Boy Scouts board member James Turley, who recently vowed to “work from within” to “actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress” on the Scouts’ policy of excluding LGBT participants.

In an op-ed for, Norris asks whether Turley spoke out against the discriminatory policy on his own accord, or whether “the White House prodded him with perks and favors.”

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?

Is it a coincidence that in the same few weeks when Turley turned on the BSA with his pro-gay stance, Obama turned on the U.S. military and sent down a decree that the service branches must celebrate “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”?

Is it a coincidence that Turley is in tight cahoots with the White House and that he is the only BSA national board member in 100 years to oppose its pro-traditional family stance?

The simple response to Norris' paranoia? In actuality, these shifts in thought and policy are not coincidences, but deliberate acts of advocacy by allies who have witnessed the harmful effects of discrimination on LGBT American families. That discrimination certainly isn’t justified because it’s been in effect for a century.

Norris argues that – “like hot dogs, baseball and Grandma’s apple pie” – the Boy Scouts “epitomize the best of America.” Norris is implying something quite insidious about LGBT Americans with that statement. LGBT families are just as American, just as integral to American life and have just as much right to the “best of America.”

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