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Get Off My Honor!: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America Paperback – July 15, 2005
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About the Author
Hans Zeiger is an Eagle Scout and conservative activist from Puyallup, Washington who holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He authored Reagan's Children and Get Off My Honor as a student and continues to be a leading cultural voice in the battle to preserve the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
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I like much of what I read in this book.
1. I agree with Jay Malmstrom that Scouting is not and has never been a Christian organization. However, the BSA has _always_ insisted that all Scouts acknowledge a Higher Being. It does not have to be God as I understand God to be (a great relief to the Christian Scientists, I am sure.) Our Promise and our Law require at least a superficial statement of belief in this Higher Power and at least token participation in some form of religion. Let us not be carried away on the wings of conservative religio-political fervor. Scouting is not an Evangelical Christian nor Conservative Republican movement. It may, at times, share common goals with either, but it has room for my Jewish, Muslim, Hindu brothers and even Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Lutheran neighbors. The point is that with regard to faith, there is room in Scouting's big tent for all people of good will. However, militant Athiests have started to pick a fight with us. They would assert their right to be free of religion to the point that we who believe anything can no longer feel free to practice and discuss our faith in public.
2. Our disagreements over homosexuality are more complex than can be presented in a book such as this. Hans does as good a job as he can to lay out the issues. Reviewer Jay Malmstrom would draw the distiction "between homosexuality and pedophilism" and complain that the BSA is alone in it's confusion about the two.Read more ›
The book is sobering in that it paints the stark reality that BSA programming is being injured because of the costs required to defend themselves on two simple matters of self-determinination, including reference to "God" in their motto.
I would almost get a little discouraged were it not for two facts: (a) Zeiger gives practical ways we can support the BSA and (b) the fact that an intelligent and articulate 19-year-old is sounding a clarion call for America to return to its moral roots in all areas of public life! Very encouraging.
I must say, this is a great book, one that makes an excellent case for the Scouts. Indeed, the very fact that the BSA still turns out such well-reasoned and articulate young men as Mr. Zeiger is a source of great encouragement. If you are a supporter of the Boy Scouts, and want to read about them and the assault on them, then this is a great book to get. (Indeed, if you are a supporter of the Scouts, turn to the last chapter of this book, which includes seven things you can do to support them.) I highly recommend this book to everyone!
In the face of a modern-day assault, he writes, "honor has been nearly forgotten by a generation of Americans...products of a morally relativistic culture." Though never a Boy Scout myself, I can see where Zeiger is coming from. He makes a good argument about the necessity for the Scouts to retain their traditional honor, which he believes has been thrown by the wayside by a current "relativistic" generation.
As a fellow Seattleite (Hans Zeiger is too), I have read the attacks by the gays, atheists, and even the Seattle Times (though masked) against the Boy Scouts. Their policy is to constantly criticize and whine about the Boy Scouts in hope that they will someday give in to their demands for gay and atheist Scout leaders. Living here in Seattle, I have already heard enough of their "progressive" opinion. But Hans Zeiger writes from a different perspective. Even if you are in disagreement, it is refreshing to hear the other side of the argument.
Yes, he may be unabashedly conservative, but at least he doesn't try to hide it and feign neutrality. I like his honest, upfront style of writing, and it makes for a very good read in "Get off my Honor".
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This book is a waste of paper. The author does little to no research of his own. Which will come out quite clearly to anyone who has two brain cells close enough to one another. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Herr Thomas
What an excellent read, very informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about the Boy Scouts of America and what they stand for and why, and... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by So Cute
The book goes into detail of what a moral based organization faces in todays media driven anti moral climate and provides hope.Published on June 28, 2013 by Bruce G. Davis
My father-in-law is huge into Boy Scouts, I got this book for him and he looked skeptical; but once he started reading it he loved and passed it to my husband to read (and he wants... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Jen Forsberg
Required reading if you have a son in Scouts. Written at age 20, Hans Zeiger is now a Washington State Representative and active proponent of Scouting.Published on March 15, 2012 by Mike
While I have to disagree with a lot said in this book. It is proof in the success of scouting that this young man can articulate his feelings into a book and feels so strongly... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Harry C. Riley
If you feel that the Boy Scouts of America has been wronged because organizations and state agencies no longer want to subsidize it, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Robert A. Crook
I have never read such a well written, engaging and researched book by an author so young. It covers a very controversial issue in Scouting today. Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Slow Cooked Reader