Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Scouting for All Annaul Fund-raiser 2004
Dear Scouting for All Supporter,
Scouting for All does one fundraising letter appeal drive a year. We have sent out our donation appeal letter
earlier this month, December. We rely on membership donations to continue our work to get the Boy Scouts of
America to rescind its harmful policy of discrimination against gay and atheist youth and adults. We are asking
that you help us with our efforts by making a financial contribution to Scouting for All. Our advocacy is just
not about the Boy Scouts of America. Its about standing up against bigotry, ignorance, fear and social injustice.
It is about giving gay youth an embracing and affirming message. Our advocacy touches all the institutions in our
society that are exclusive, but continue to be supported by public funds (tax payer money) and those that have
anti-discrimination policies, but don't enforce them for gay (GLBT) and atheist / nontheist (freethinker) individuals.
So we will continue to step forth and speak out.
The Scouting for All team is primarily made up of Eagle Scouts and former members of the Boy Scouts of America.
We are just doing what the BSA has taught us to do and that is to have the courage to step forth when a social
injustice rears its ugly head to help make the world a better place. Please read Steven's letter and make a donation
to Scouting for All.
You can go to our web site www.scoutingforall.org and donate by clicking the paypal menu or you can send your donation
to our national office.
Scouting for All
PO Box 2832
Petaluma, CA 94953-2832
Scouting for All's 2004 Annual Fund-raiser
Dear Supporter of Scouting for All,
My name is Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout. I am now 19 years old. In 1997, when I was 12, I took a stand against the
Boy Scouts of America because of its discrimination against gays and atheists. My advocacy inspired the
creation of Scouting for All. Donations from supporters like you have helped us in our efforts to convince the
Boy Scouts of America to end its discrimination. Each year, Scouting for All conducts an annual fund-raiser. It
is that time of year again, and Scouting for All needs your financial support. I am writing to ask you to stand
with us again by making a contribution to Scouting for All's annual fund-raising campaign for 2004. This is Scouting
for All's only fund-raising event of the year.
We have come a long way over these last seven years. In fact, we have had a number of gay youth and several gay
adults who have told us that Scouting for All saved their lives by letting them know that there is an organization
which advocates for their civil rights and conveys a message that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered
I am not giving up on my efforts to stand against the discrimination by the Boy Scouts of America, and I'm also
asking you not to give up! We should all continue to maintain the vision of social justice for everyone and strive
to reach that vision's goals of liberty and justice for all.
The BSA discriminates against my gay and atheistic friends. Its policy of discrimination hurts people and teaches
my fellow Scouts to discriminate. As an Eagle Scout, I'm actually ashamed of the current national leaders of the
Boy Scouts of America. They are just ruining a good program that was meant to include all youth, not just some
In 1907, Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement, and I'm sure that he would never have allowed
discrimination against gay or atheistic youth or adults. He wanted Scouting to accept all kids. Most
organizations in the world do not discriminate against gays, girls or atheists. Why does the BSA? The Boy Scouts
of America should represent the very best in us as a nation, but its current national leaders choose to
embrace the very worst: bigotry, discrimination, and homophobia. The BSA's policy of discrimination really hurts
Scouting for All works every day to challenge the BSA's policy of discrimination. Scouting for All continues
to be very successful in lobbying the United Way around the country to end their funding of the BSA. Nearly one-third
of the funding that formerly went to the BSA through the United Way has been diverted to other nondiscriminatory
Yet, we still have much more work to do.
Scouting for All has many educational activities and outreach programs. These include maintaining our Internet
web site, www.scoutingforall.org; providing consultations to BSA members, religious groups, governmental
bodies, schools, businesses and the United Way; providing support to Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs in high schools;
organizing protests at BSA events, including its annual BSA National Council meeting; participating
in gay-pride events; providing support to gay and atheist or nontheistic scouts and leaders; creating and distributing
literature from Scouting for All; speaking at national and regional conferences, including PFLAG
(Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the NGLTF (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force); organizing
our Annual National Recognition of GLBT Youth and Gay and Atheist Scout Month in October, which includes rallies,
fund-raisers and celebrations for GLBT youth; and coordinating Scouting for All's Alliance for Human Rights. A
new S4A video project in 2005 will begin to target gay youth and provide a normalizing
message to the general public about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or atheist including
In 2005, with the continued help of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey of California, I and several other young people
will again attempt to meet with the President of the United States and ask him to take a stand against the intolerance
of the Boy Scouts of America by stepping down as the Honorary President of the BSA. We will also work to get Congress
to revoke the BSA's congressional charter.
As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Please support Scouting for All with a generous, tax-deductible donation. We are a 501(c) (3), charitable,
On behalf of my family and the entire Scouting for All organization, I want to thank you in advance for helping
us to make the world a better place for all people. In this time of darkness in America, let us all become lights
of hope for fostering social change, peace and justice.
Strength and compassion lie within our own hearts not to turn and walk away, but to step forth and be counted.
Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout
Cofounder of Scouting for All