Enter the Dragon II? Chuck Norris Attacks Obama for Pushing Gay Agenda on Boys Scouts

'Walker, Texas Ranger' star writes in editorial that Scout board member is acting out White House agenda


Chuck Norris doesn't have to leap to conclusions, he just sits there and conclusions leap to him—or so the joke goes.

Action movie star and conservative political activist Chuck Norris accused the Obama White House of conspiring with a Boy Scouts of America board member to overturn the organization's ban on gay scout leaders in an op-ed in a gun enthusiast publication. Norris's AmmoLand editorial is a response to Ernst & Young CEO James Turley's announcement that he will work to end the BSA prohibition of gays and lesbians in the organization. Turley is the first member of the organization's senior executive board thus far to express his disfavor with the BSA policy.

"But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors?" wondered Norris in his AmmoLand piece.

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The television Texas Ranger drew a series of connections between Turley and the Obama administration, insinuating that Turley's efforts are in coordination with the White House's broader push for gay rights.

"Is it a coincidence that BSA national board member James 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?"

But Turley said in his initial statement on the BSA policy that his efforts come hand-in-hand with his work to see that gays and lesbians were accepted by his own company.

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"As I have done in leading Ernst & Young to being a most inclusive organization, I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress," Turley said.

The Boy Scout's policy on gay and lesbian participation recently came under fire when the dismissal of a lesbian "den mother" inspired a 275,000 signature petition to change the ban submitted to the organization in April.

When asked for comment on Norris's editorial, Boy Scouts of America spokesperson Deron Smith E-mailed, "The BSA values the freedom of everyone to express their opinion and teaches members to treat those with different opinions with courtesy and respect."

Or maybe what Smith was trying to say is that Chuck Norris is free to crush facts with his bare opinions.

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