Archive for August, 2011

Lesbian woman removed from son’s Boy Scout troop

Denise Steele (NOT pictured at left) started out in Boy Scouts as a den leader for her son, Jackson, 12, for his school, Horizon Elementary. No other parent would step up to the plate to take on the responsibility of leading a Cub Scout troop.

But in June, Steele’s chances to further bond with her son through scouting were dashed. The mother was removed from the troop after one of the other assistant scout masters discovered Steele is a lesbian.

Doug: Probably because she was turning the boy scouts into… lesbians? Or maybe because she was a bad influence on them? Oh, wait…

Her son’s troop excelled at everything, including accomplishing badges and winning the Blue and Gold Award all five years, one of the highest awards for Boy Scouts.

Doug: Fear and ignorance are a nasty combination, aren’t they?

Rod’s still got it.

He’s Rod Stewart.

What more can we say?

Read about it here.


Indiana college not playing the national anthem sparks debate


Visiting fans who attend a basketball game, or any sporting event, at Goshen College this season may be surprised by the patriotic song they hear over the loudspeakers minutes before tipoff. The Northern Indiana school has decided to play “America the Beautiful” prior to sporting events instead of the “Star-Spangled Banner” because the lyrics better fit the pacifist ideals of a Mennonite campus whose motto is “Healing the World, Peace by Peace.”

What bothered many at Goshen College about the “Star-Spangled Banner” was imagery from the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key included. Goshen spokesman Richard R. Aguirre told the Chicago Tribune that lyrics such as “the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air” were “inconsistent to the entire message we were trying to send.”

Doug: Worth a conversation, don’t ya’ think? And by that I mean.. an intelligent conversation.

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