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.
Scouting for All is a 100% Volunteer 501-(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Every dollar donated goes toward our education and advocacy programs, and is tax deductible.
July 30, 2006
For Immediate Release and Distribution
Scouting for All
Larry G. Sherman
Southern Regional Director
Scouting for All
Scouting for All
We ask all our Scouting for All members / supporters to please respond to this Action Alert. A response will only
take a few minutes and will help support gay and atheist youth against being discriminated against by the Boy Scouts
Philly Mayor Evicts Scouts for Discriminating Against Gays
Mayor John Street ended a three-year debate with the Cradle of Liberty Council of the BSA when he announced that
the council would be evicted from the Center City headquarters building that the city has provided rent-free since
1928 if it does not end its policy of banning gays from membership. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer (July
22, 2006), City Solicitor Romulo Diaz sent Scout Executive William Dwyer, III a letter informing him that the council
office would be evicted or charged rent on a "free-market basis" if the policy were not changed immediately.
According to former City Solicitor Nelson Diaz the Boy Scout policy violates provisions of the Philadelphia fair
practices ordinance that forbids all forms of discrimination (including sexual preference) on city property. Diaz
notes that the city is subsidizing discrimination by allowing the council to use the Center City headquarters building
free of charge.
The Cradle of Liberty Council is the third-largest council in the country and serves 87,000 youth in Philadelphia,
Montgomery and Delaware Counties. There are 40,000 Scouts in Philadelphia alone. The council is also the home of
the famed Treasure Island Scout Camp in the middle of the Delaware River where E. Urner Goodman founded the Order
of the Arrow.
We commend Mayor Street for his civic-minded action. We ask all of our members / supporters to commend Mayor Street
personally, by using the e-mail address or fax number given below. We further call upon Council Executive Dwyer
to end the council's discriminatory policy by issuing a "letter of intent" stating that the council will
no longer discriminate against gays and atheists. The letter should state in clear terms that discrimination will
not be tolerated and the Cradle of Liberty Council will not follow the BSA National policy of excluding gay and
atheist youth and adults. The issue is not to be "swept under the rug" with a policy of "don't ask,
don't tell." We ask you to provide your personal words of encouragement to Council Executive Dwyer by using
the contact information given below. We believe that the National Council will listen to a strong message from
the third-largest council in the nation. They will not deny 87,000 youth access to the Scouting program in order
to defend their morally-bankrupt discrimination policy.
Full text of the Philadelphia Inquirer article is available at:
Mayor John F. Street
Mayor's Executive Office
215 City Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 686-2181 (Executive Secretary)
(215) 686-2180 (FAX)
William T. Dwyer, III
Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA
22nd & Winter Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1085
(215) 988-9811 ex. 115
This is the link to the most recent Boy Scout article. There is a poll running that we ask you all to vote on.