News Release: AFA of PA Calls for Removal of BSA Board Members

News Release
For Immediate Release:  January 31, 2013
Contact:  Diane Gramley  1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355

AFA of PA Joins Others in Calling for Removal of Boy Scout Board Members Turley and Stephenson

(Harrisburg) — Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) contacted the national office of the Boy Scouts of America calling for the removal of two members of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts.  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Ernst & Young CEO James Turley are not acting in the best interest of Scouting nor the boys they serve by pressuring the Scouts to change their policy concerning homosexual leaders and members.

“Stephenson and Turley have come to the Boy Scout Executive Board with an agenda.  Their apparent goal is to undermine the organization which has as its mission to help young men make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime.  They are asking the Boy Scouts of America to hand over their members to be guinea pigs in this great social experiment called ‘normalizing homosexuality,’” commented Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

Jim Turley has been adamantly opposed to the Scouts’ policy, spearheading the effort last year to overturn the policy banning homosexual leaders and members.  Last year’s reaffirmation of that ban brought the promise from Turley that he would work within the organization to get the policy changed.

As Hans Zeiger noted in 2004 once the Scouts in Canada became “all-inclusive, all-sensitive, and all-tolerant,” the number in their ranks began to fall.  Within six years their numbers had dropped to 130,000 and they were selling Scout camps across the country.

“Turley and Stephenson were named to the Executive Board to help the Scouts, but they are out to destroy them.  They need to be removed because they have a personal agenda.  The AFA of PA is joining Maryland family advocate Bunny Gallador and Americans for Truth in calling for the removal of these two men from the BSA Executive Board,” Gramley further commented.

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  • Dennis B.

    If the Scouts cave in to the extreme pressure and bullying by the LGBT, they will lose the support and respect of the many who have great admiration for the way they have held fast to their values and beliefs in the face of nonstop attacks and bullying by the LGBTs.

    This is a very serious move on their part and one that could spell the beginning of the end for them as a national organization. It will show everyone that they’ve lost their backbone.

    BTW: Are either CEO Stephenson or Turley themselves homosexuals or are either of them known to be in cahoots with homosexual activists?

  • Eileen Martinell

    I was very dismayed when I read Hans Ziegler’s comments on what has happened to Scouts Canada since it’s board voted to make the organization “More Inclusive.” This is the Politically Correct term for now allowing females, agnostics, gays, lesbians, atheists, bisexual and transexuals as members since 1998. In six short years the membership roles went from 300,000 down to a mere 130,000 since the “All-Inclusive” edict went into effect. This is despite a one third increase in population in the last four decades. The 1998 Scouts Canada policy change proponents thought their new “All-Inclusive” clause would bolster their ranks. Instead it has had the completely opposite effect. Because of it’s money woes Scouts Canada has had to cancel it’s sex abuse insurance. Without that a single pedophile “could potentially anniolate Scouts Canada forever” according to Mr. Ziegler. Boy Scout campgrounds are closing also due to the fact that there’s no more money left to maintain them. They are now ending up in prime Real Estate acreage listings throughout Canada. Adding to this lunacy, last year wearing your Boy Scout uniform to Official Boy Scout functions and events became “optional.”
    You can’t make this stuff up! The Boy Scouts were formed to appeal to a certain segment of the population , not to cater to the varied beliefs of EVERYONE in the population. Where has simple common sense gone in Canada?
    Hopefully the leaders in this country will learn from the misguided politically correct crowd in Canada and stop this nonsense at the border.