Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The ACLU Would Hate This Success Story.

The ACLU hates the Boy Scouts and is trying to ban the organization from all Federal and State sponsorship. This flies in the face of the enormous good done by the BSA for over 100 years in preparing America's young boys to be honest citizens that have ethics and a moral code. Somehow, to the ACLU, being a secular homosexual is more important than being an ethical and moral Boy Scout. If you espouse heterosexually, the ACLU condemns you because you aren't sensitive to homosexuals and invite them to be leaders of young boys in the Boy Scouts. The ACLU would prefer moral decay of our boys and girls to ethics and honor. This to me is a very good example of the Left's pretzel logic. Despite the opinions of the ACLU, there are some very good and caring folks out there that know the ethical and moral values that Scouting brings to a young boy's life. Read on.

Pair sees foster son soar as an Eagle
By Dennis McCarthy
"What really matters is they wanted me when no one else did." -- Jonathan Compton He was 6 weeks old, a preemie weighing all of 4 pounds, the first time Rita and Bob Prectl held the foster-care baby named Jonathan Compton in their arms and hugged him 18 years ago.
Today the kid's more than 6 feet tall and built like a linebacker -- but still not too big for the Prectls proud foster parents to hold and hug.
Along with two other Scouts from Venture Crew 415 in the Balboa Oaks district, the baby no one had wanted 18 years ago stood with his proud foster parents Sunday on the stage in the auditorium at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church in Granada Hills to receive his Eagle Scout badge of honor.
Then he turned and pinned a special Eagle Scout pin on his parents standing behind him -- giving them a hug for providing him the best home and upbringing any child could ever have had.
"I could see they were proud of me, but I was more proud of them," Jonathan said. "They raised me. They're my parents, and I love them."
It's rare that a foster child stays in one home his whole life, but Jonathan did, said Nancy Sandler, a social worker supervisor with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, who attended the Eagle Scout ceremony Sunday.
"When Jonathan was 10 he went to court and told the judge that if it meant leaving the Prectls, he didn't want to be adopted, so he stayed. They're a very special, amazing couple."
Yes, they are. I wrote a column in April about Rita, deciding to retire after 36 years of opening her home to more than 75 foster children. She laughed and said she was the only woman at her 50th high school reunion who had to hire a baby-sitter to get out of the house.

At 72, she thought it was time to let some younger women step in to be a temporary mom to children without a home. But she had one favor to ask.
Jonathan, the baby who stayed, was turning 18 in June and needed a little help with his Eagle Scout project. He had been a Scout since the second grade and was graduating from Kennedy High, heading for Pierce College in the fall in hope of becoming a landscape architect someday.

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