DALLAS — In a sharply worded commentary — penned for the conservative “gun shooting sports news” site, Ammoland.com — actor Chuck Norris suggested that President Barack Obama is working to create “a pro-gay Boy Scouts of America.”
Norris’ article, which is largely written as a series of provocative questions versus direct statements, cited a number of “coincidences” that leads him to believe the White House is behind recent efforts to bring an end to the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
Norris implied that Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO James Turley, a board member of the Boy Scouts who earlier this month said he would work from within the organization to end the ban, was “prodded with perks and favors” from the Obama administration in order to incite the change.
“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?
“Is it a coincidence that as the honorary BSA president and a ‘constitutional lawyer,’ Obama hasn’t had one minute in his schedule over the past years to defend or say anything about the series of lawsuits that have been levied against the BSA because of its First Amendment rights to stand against atheists, agnostics and homosexuals?”Full article at Ammoland.com →
Norris’ conclusion is that Turley, an Obama supporter who was nominated to the President’s Export Council in 2010 and attended a March 14 State Dinner at the White House, is opposing the BSA’s anti-gay policies as a favor to Obama, or as he claimed, “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.”
In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement calling Norris “a fame-hungry has-been with poor research skills.”
“Chuck Norris should talk to Mitt Romney, who Norris endorsed for president and who has said on the record that all Americans should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts of America regardless of sexual orientation,” said GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro, in a statement.
In that article, Norris erroneously claimed that, since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” new Pentagon regulations were forcing chaplains to perform same-sex “weddings” despite their religious objections.
The actual Defense Department guidance issued to military chaplains said they may participate in ceremonies on or off military bases in states that recognize gay unions, and specifically stated that chaplains are not required to officiate at same-sex weddings if doing so is counter to their religious or personal beliefs.
LGBTQ Nation‘s calls to the actor and Ammoland.com for comment went unanswered.