Let’s talk about your new book, “On My Honor,” which draws on your experience as an Eagle Scout and champions the values of the Boy Scouts of America, to whom you are donating your royalties. Yes, to their legal-defense fund.
Which has been fighting the A.C.L.U., to keep gays out of the scouts. Why do you see that as a worthy cause? I am pretty clear about this one. Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation.
AUSTIN — In his new book, Texas Gov. Rick Perry uses the Boy Scouts to draw a battle line in what he considers a "culture war," defending them against the American Civil Liberties Union and what he sees as a moral struggle for the country's future.
Perry was scheduled to be in New York today to launch a book tour promoting On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.
For close to a century, Scouting has planted the values of our founding fathers in the next generation of Boy Scouts, and the next generation of many U.S. leaders. Men like Astronaut James Lovell, Ross Perot, Michael Dukakis, Gerald Ford, James Stewart, William Bennett and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates were all Eagle Scouts long before they were prominent, successful public figures.
And yet the organization that produced so many of our nation’s leaders -- the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) – has been under cultural and legal attack for close to thirty years by a small but dedicated minority of secularists because the BSA has refused to bend to the winds of political correctness. And sadly, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have refined their tactics and begun to prevail in courts of law even as their actions are largely seen as appalling in the court of public opinion.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today set Saturday, May 10, 2008 as the special election date to fill the vacancy in House District 119. The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Rep. Robert Puente.
Candidates for this special election must file applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 4, 2008. The early voting period for this special election runs from Monday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 6, 2008.
Commends UNCF’s Efforts to Support College Education
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today gave the keynote speech for the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) South Texas Governor’s Luncheon. The UNCF provides financial support to small higher education institutions throughout the country to help keep the cost of education feasible for underserved populations. The event marked the governor’s second partnership with UNCF. Last September, the governor spoke at UNCF’s Dallas/Ft. Worth event, which raised more than $185,000 for partner schools.
"As governor, it is my mission each and every day to build a Texas that welcomes all and includes all; that recognizes the hopes and aspirations of all of our citizens; and that empowers each and every citizen to dream, dare and achieve," said Gov. Perry. "I believe that an educated Texan is an unlimited Texan. I want Texas children to know this simple truth: We don’t care where you come from; we care where you are going."