A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?
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?
Is it a coincidence that Turley and his wife, Lynne, were just guests at a state dinner hosted by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in honor of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012?
Is it a coincidence that Turley was nominated to President Barack Obama’s Export Council in 2010?
Is it a coincidence Turley was granted a seat on an investment advisory panel which met with none other than Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Oct. 17, 2011?
Is it a coincidence that Turley has been a global cheerleader for Obama’s economic strategies and an economic-ambassador-of-sorts to other mogul business leaders, as clearly seen in his Bloomberg media interview from the 2011 economic summit in Davos, Switzerland?
Is it a coincidence that the former assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury from 2009 to 2011, Michael Mundaca, who advised Treasury Secretary Geithner on all matters relating to taxation, recently joined the team of Ernst & Young?
Is it a coincidence that, as the White House website explained, “Ernst & Young LLP will honor [the Obama administration's Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's] youth entrepreneurs at regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award galas across the country, bringing important attention to the next generation of young entrepreneurs”?
Is it a coincidence that a couple months ago President Obama reversed his position on marriage, extending the union to gay couples, and that James Turley just came out of the closet in his position against the BSA?
Is it a coincidence that in the same couple-week period when James Turley turned on the BSA with his pro-gay stance that President 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 back in January 2010 President Obama nominated Katherine G. Hammack, who was formerly a leader in Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services, as the assistant secretary of the Army (Installations and Environment), Department of Defense?
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 plausible that Turley and his associates had weekly contact with someone in Obama’s administration about all the above over the last couple years but there was never any dialogue or influence about Turley’s possibly pro-gay prodding on the National Board of the BSA?
Is it a coincidence that Turley just announced his resignation as CEO of Ernst and Young (effective June 2013) and that he’s now offering the White House a parting-pro-gay BSA gift in gratitude for all its presidential favors to him and Ernst & Young over the past few years?
These Turley-Obama cords, connections and correlations are only the tip of the iceberg.
(I’m sure even the correspondences between Turley and the White House might reveal further insider collaborations, but odds are, if anyone were to inquire about those papers, they would likely be locked down under executive privilege, just as in the “Fast & Furious” cover-up.)
Is it a coincidence, too, that on March 3, 2009, Obama became the honorary president of the BSA – a position proudly and publicly held and highlighted by all presidents since President William Howard Taft in 1910, but that Obama’s induction was held behind closed doors in the Oval Office with seven or so Boy Scouts present and absolutely nothing noted in the White House daily briefing or any other official communication? (Interesting note: When one searches the White House website, the term “gay” pulls up 42,700 results, while “Boy Scouts” displays a mere 342 references.)
Is it a coincidence that President Obama was unable to attend the 100th Anniversary Gala of the Boy Scouts of America in his own backyard (Washington, D.C.) on Feb. 9, 2010, because he had to hold his first national press conference?
Is it a coincidence that as the honorary BSA president and a “constitutional lawyer” that 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?
It is a coincidence that Obama will stand up repeatedly for the children of illegal immigrants (and grant them amnesty and the taxpayers’ monies) 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?
For years, I’ve signed and sent out hundreds of Eagle Scout recognition letters. And I’ve personally known a host of Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and other Boy Scout leadership. These individuals epitomize the best of America. Indeed, the BSA is as integral of a part to American life and culture as hot dogs, baseball and Grandma’s apple pie.
I couldn’t agree more with Bob Gates, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, when he explained: “I think that American leadership is vital to peace and prosperity and the advancement of democracy in the world, and that requires having strong leaders. And I don’t think there’s any organization in the world, certainly not in the United States, that better prepares young men for leadership in this country than the Boy Scouts of America – in teaching leadership skills, in teaching values, in teaching importance of standing up for what’s right.”
Even President John F. Kennedy proudly proclaimed at the 50th anniversary celebration of the BSA: “For more than 50 years, Scouting has played an important part in the lives of the Boy Scouts of this nation. It has helped to mold character, to form friendships, to provide a worthwhile outlet for the natural energies of growing boys and to train these boys to become good citizens of the future. … In a very real sense, the principles learned and practiced as Boy Scouts add to the strength of America and her ideals.”
Hasn’t America reached a new low in its history when the president of the United States (and the honorary president of the BSA!) distances himself and his administration from the Boy Scouts of America and yet invites groups like the Secular Student Alliance to participate in its faith and college missions?
I’ll ask once more: Is it a coincidence that the BSA National Board Member James Turley came out swinging against the century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?
How does the adage go?
If two people think so much alike, you can bet that one person isn’t thinking.
Or maybe a more fitting adage here might be: You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
(Building up the next generation is not only why I fully support the Boy Scouts of America, but why I started my own nonprofit KickStartKids organization. My wife, Gena, and I consider it one of our life’s greatest missions. You can learn more about the Boy Scouts of America by going to Scouting.org and more about KickStartKids by going to KickStartKids.org ).
Chuck Norris is the star of more than 20 films and the long-running TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger." His latest book is entitled The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book." Learn more about his life and ministry at his official website, ChuckNorris.com.