Judges involved in BSA lose freedom of association

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Since state judges in California are barred from involvement with the Boy Scouts, there is a question of just how far the state Supreme Court can go.

The California Supreme Court has ordered judges not to associate with the Boy Scouts since the organization voted to allow homosexuals as members but not allow them to be Scout leaders.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"This is an outrageous violation of judges' ability to freely associate with organizations that reflect their morals, values and beliefs," poses Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute. "The very fact that they're not allowed to associate in any way with the Boy Scouts is a direct violation of their constitutional rights."

He notes the aspect of freedom of association and the question of whether a judge can be barred from the bench if his or her sons are in the Boy Scouts. Further, if a judge is associated with the Christian alternative to the Scouts, Trail Life USA, could he or she be removed? And is the next step to bar attorneys from practicing law if they are connected with the Boy Scouts?

"The LGBT movement is clearly behind this, and their goal is to purge the benches of our courts of judges who have Judeo-Christian beliefs and convictions," Dacus asserts. "This would be a terrible, terrible outcome for the whole survival of justice and the Constitution as we know it."

Dacus does not know if judges will try to challenge the ruling in court, but he says the Constitution remains the Constitution.


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