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Chuck Norris may be known for his years of work as an actor and martial artist, but the conservative Christian is also making it known that he is willing to battle President Barack Obama if he chooses to support homosexuals in the Boy Scouts.
Norris, 72, recently spoke out against President Obama, who he feels is working behind the scenes to promote homosexuality in the Boy Scout organization. After a national board member of the Boy Scouts of America announced that he would work to have the organization accept homosexual members and leaders in the future, Norris questioned if the White House had anything to do with the initiative.
In a recent Ammoland.com report, Norris questioned Boy Scouts national board member James Turley, who made the announcement that he would work internally in the organization to make more provisions for homosexuals.
"Is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?" Norris questioned in the article. "Is it a coincidence that Turley was nominated to President Obama's Export Council in 2010? 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?"
In Norris's article, titled "Is Obama Creating a Pro-Gay Boy Scouts of America," the actor posed a number of questions about the relationship between Turley and Obama while questioning the president's position within the organization.
"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," Norris asked. "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?"
However, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is not happy about Norris's most recent line of questioning concerning the acceptance of homosexuals in the Boy Scouts organization. A statement issued by GLAAD questioned Norris's endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who they say has spoken publicly about the acceptance of all people in the Boy Scouts.
"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," the GLAAD statement reads. "Chuck Norris appears to be a fame-hungry has-been with poor research skills."
However, Norris said he is speaking out because the Boy Scouts organization is special to him and American culture.
"For years, I've signed and sent out hundreds of Eagle Scout recognition letters. And I personally have known a host of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and BSA leaders," Norris wrote. "These individuals epitomize the best of America. Building up the next generation is not only why I fully support the Boy Scouts of America but also why I started my own nonprofit organization, KickStartKids."