By Fred Jackson, AFR News, September 1, 2000
(AgapePress) - The White House is defending a decision to investigate whether it will punish the Boy Scouts for refusing to allow homosexuals to be leaders. Indications are that the controversy could become a major campaign issue.
A White House spokesman offered no apology when questioned about The Washington Times report yesterday. The newspaper revealed the Clinton Justice Department is reviewing whether the Scouts opposition to homosexuality is a violation of President Clinton's recent Executive Order banning discrimination.
Many conservative groups have expressed shock over the White House move, noting that it comes despite the fact the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Scouts have a constitutional right to bar homosexuals from leadership positions. The pro-family organizations warn that churches and other ministries who speak out against homosexuality could be the government's next target.
Even George W. Bush joined the debate yesterday, saying he is troubled by the Justice Department probe and noting all the good work that scouting does for society. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay agreed, saying the Clinton Administration should be supporting the values of Boy Scouts, rather than assaulting and undermining them.