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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For Immediate Release and Distribution
November 25, 2005
Scouting for All
Contact: Scott cozza, Pres
Congressional Leaders Support Scouting for All
End Discrimination Within The Boy Scouts of America / President Bush Should Step Down As The Honorary President
of The Boy Scouts of America
CONGRESSMAN FRANK'S STATEMENT SUPPORTING 'SCOUTING FOR ALL'
November 1, 2005
Scouting for All
PO Box 2832
Petaluma, California 94953
I cannot attend the press conference because the House is in session and I am not able to get off the Hill. So
I am sending instead this statement of my gratitude and admiration for Steven Cozza and the work he is doing through
Scouting for All. I continue to be deeply disappointed that the Boy Scouts of America betrays its own professed
mission of bringing out the best in young people by perpetuating this unfair and unjustified discrimination based
on sexual orientation and religious belief. Clearly, there is zero reason to think that atheists or gay males are
in any way unsuited for the work that the Boy Scouts do. I note that in its justification of the exclusion of people
like me from any role in scouting, the Boy Scouts do not even allege that the problem is that of sexual abuse,
but rather simply that they disapprove of us and believe that we do not meet their moral standard. And, of course,
the discrimination against young males who have the independence of mind to come to their own religious conclusions
with which the Boy Scouts disagree is a great violation of the spirit of freedom and tolerance that all Americans
I was disappointed that President Clinton refused to acknowledge the shortcomings of the Boy Scouts in this
regard, and I call on President Bush to accept this invitation to move beyond his predecessor in this important
area of human rights.
BARNEY FRANK, D-MA
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA 04)
2252 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
CONGRESSWOMAN LEE'S STATEMENT SUPPORTING 'SCOUTING FOR ALL'
Scouting for All
While I am unable to attend your press conference Thursday, please accept my appreciation and support for the
important work of Scouting for All.
The Boy Scouts of America policy of discriminating against homosexuals and atheists is contradictory to the
Federal Government's support for diversity and tolerance and should not be condoned as patriotic, charitable, or
An organization that claims that its mission is to "instill in young people lifetime values and develop
in them ethical character," and to "train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership"
does a disservice to our nation when it teaches young people that it is okay to discriminate against someone based
on their sexual orientation or their religious convictions.
I hope that President Bush will denounce these discriminatory policies.
Barbara Lee, D-CA
Nathan Britton, Communications Director
Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1724 Longworth House Office Bldg.
ph 202 225-2661
fax 202 225-9817
CONGRESSMAN STARK'S STATEMENT SUPPORTING 'SCOUTING FOR ALL'
WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Representative Pete Stark (D-CA, 13th) offered the following statement of support to Scouting
"I stand with Scouting for All in calling for the Boy Scouts of America return to their roots of instilling
the values of good citizenship and teaching life skills to all Americans who wish to join.
"If, instead, the organization continues to sanction discrimination on behalf of its right-wing financial
backers, then the federal government has a moral and Constitutional duty to sever all financial and symbolic ties
to the organization. That would be a shame, because there are plenty of exclusive organizations in this country
dedicated to intolerance, but far too few that bring kids of all backgrounds together to share in meaningful life
Drew Nannis, Washington, DC Office
Thursday, November 3, 2005 (202) 225-5065