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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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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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Action Alert

July 30, 2006
For Immediate Release and Distribution

Scouting for All

Contact Information
Prepared by:
Larry G. Sherman
Southern Regional Director
Scouting for All

Scott Cozza
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 of America

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:

Contact Information:

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
Scout Executive
Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA
22nd & Winter Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1085
(215) 988-9811 ex. 115

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