Actor Chuck Norris is alleging that President Barack Obama and The White House are working behind the scenes to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gays.
In a blog post on the site AmmoLand, suggests The White House could be teaming up with BSA national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, on overturning the gay ban.
‘Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?’ Norris writes.
He adds: ‘It is a coincidence that Obama will stand up repeatedly for the children of illegal immigrants (and grant them amnesty and taxpayer money) but that he will not once stand up for children in the BSA and the organization’s rights and freedoms to hold their own core values and beliefs?’
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has reacted to the Norris column with a strongly-worded statement.
‘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,’ GLAAD stated.
The organization points to ‘hundreds of thousands of Americans’ who have signed a Change.org petition calling for an end to the ban including such celebrities as Josh Hutcherson, Benicio del Toro, Julianne Moore, Joshua Jackson, Kat Graham and Dianna Agron.
‘Celebrities who support gay Americans are enjoying popular careers while Chuck Norris appears to be a fame-hungry has-been with poor research skills,’ GLAAD said.
Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio mom who was booted out as leader of her son’s troop because she is a lesbian, also weighed in.
‘Chuck Norris is clearly out of touch and I’d like for him to sit down with my family and fellow scouting families who support us,’ Tyrrell said. ‘My orientation wasn’t an issue in my son’s pack until the Boy Scouts made parents tell their children why their favorite den leader was no longer able to participate. With the U.S. military, the Girls Scouts of the USA, the 4-H Club and the Boys & Girls Club among organizations that allow gay Americans the time is now to end the ban.’