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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New Jersey Newspaper Letter To The Editor: Boy Scouts of America
June 8, 2006
Regarding "Take a hike!" (Page A-1, June 8) and "nature deficit disorder" in children:
I am a leader in an organization dedicated to providing an outdoor experience for the youth of our area. I am the
Scoutmaster of Troop 53 in Fair Lawn.
Within the last 12 months our troop has:
provided a week of camping for boys.
organized a 50-mile canoe trek through the Adirondacks.
taught boys how to orienteer.
hiked seven miles through Harriman State Park.
backpacked on the Cannonball Trail.
rafted nine miles down the Lehigh River.
In addition we have gone biking and skiing.
We have camped at Great Adventure Amusement Park and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
To find out more about Scouting, please check out the Web site of the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts
of America (www.nnjbsa.org) or call them at (201) 677-1000.
Fair Lawn, June 8
Response To The Letter To The Editor
Scoutmaster Jim Wrynn, in his letter on page O-3 of June 11, lists many of the fine outdoor experiences the Boy
Scouts offer to boys.
It is just a real pity that the Boy Scouts, subsidized to the tune of many hundreds of thousands (probably much
more) of taxpayer dollars, would refuse membership to a boy from an atheist family whose family has not taught
him to "honor a supreme being" -- and would refuse membership to a boy if he happens to be open and honest
and admit to gay feelings. The Scouting program has given wonderful outdoor experiences and ethical life
experiences to a vast number of boys over the years -- and years ago was known to welcome "all boys."
The shame is that the current policy, which many millions of dollars have been spent by the Boy Scouts to defend
in court, is discriminatory and humiliating to young boys who are ostracized and rejected. In a state like New
Jersey, with clear laws against discrimination,
no group that takes funds from the public pocketbook should be exempt from those laws.
For more information on this matter and for examples of actual cases, readers are invited to
http://www.ScoutingForAll.org or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[the writer spent 25 years as a cub, scout, explorer and leader in the BSA. He was awarded Vigil Honor in Order
of the Arrow and worked for three summers on staff of Philmont, the national scout ranch.]