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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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3 Things You Can Do and More

1. You can make copies of Steven's Petition. Get your copy signed and ask others to do the same so a snowball effect will take place with the petitions. Ask that children place their age after their name. We would like scouts and adult leaders to identify themselves as scouts after their name. We want the Boy Scouts of America to know that all the beautiful rainbow of people are in support of this movement to end their immoral practice of discrimination.

2. You can send letters and ask others to send letters to scout headquarters asking that they rescind their discriminatory policy against gays, atheists and girls. You can send your letter to:

Mr. Roy L. Williams, Chief Executive Scout
National Headquarters Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Mr. Ed Whitacre Jr., President
Boy Scouts of America
Southwestern Bell
175 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Gregg Shields, BSA Spokesperson
National Headquarters Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Relationships Division
National Headquarters Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Dr. Lawrence Ray Smith
Chairman, BSA Relationships Committee
522 East Lane
Kerrville, TX. 78029
Boy Scouts of America
1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Phone: (972) 580-2000

3. You can send letters and ask others to send letters to your local United Way chapters and a copy of the letter to the United Way, National Headquarters. The United Way is the largest single contributor of the Boy Scouts of America. Ask your local United Way chapter if they have a policy of anti-discrimination and if so, ask if they are aware that the Boy Scouts of America discriminates against gays, atheists and girls. Then ask your local chapter if this violates their anti-discrimination policy. Scouting For All suggests given the facts you then decide whether you want to contribute to the United Way.

The mailing address of the United Way National Headquarters is:

United Way National Headquarters
701 North Fairfax St.
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-2045
T: 703-836-7100

and More You Can Do

4. We encourage all Scout units (Cub Scouts, Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Scout Crews and Sea Scout Ship) and councils to adopt an anti-discrimination statement to include sexual orientation. The position statement should be sent to the National Headquarters in Irving, Texas.

5. We encourage all human rights groups, school districts, local, city, county, state, and federal government bodies to adopt anti-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation. We encourage that the adopted anti-discriminatory policies be enforced. If Scout units refuse to adopt such anti-discrimination policies for their own troop then they should prohibited
from using such public facilities.

6.We encourage supporters to work for anti-discrimination policies in your area of residence if there are none. They should include sexual orientation.

7. We encourage all Scouts and adult leaders who support the end of discrimination in Scouting to seek change from within and not leave Scouting. We need people in Scouting who support gay youth and adults and atheists. What Scouting For All is doing by taking a stand against discrimination is what a good Scout should do and is what Scouting teaches its youth. We also do
understand that for some remaining in a program which discriminates against people who are gay may be too difficult.

8. We cannot support any Scout unit or council that refuses to adopt anti-discrimination statements which include gay youth and adults and atheists.

9. We encourage supporters to question the proper authorities (governing bodies, school boards) about Scout units who use public facilities and their adherence to anti-discrimination ordinances. Scout units should be held to adopt an anti-discrimination statement that includes sexual orientation. If they refuse then they should not be allowed to use public facilities.

10. We encourage all individual Scouts and adult leaders to make an individual commitment not to discriminate against people who are gay.

11. Become a member of Scouting For All. Your membership donation will assist us in our efforts.

12. Become a volunteer for Scouting For All. We have volunteer throughout the country and world who are doing what they can to assist Scouting For All in our efforts. 40% of our volunteers are Eagle Scouts!

13. If you belong to a church or organization that has a Scouting unit, work for a policy of inclusiveness, if none exists. Advocate for an anti-discriminatory policy which includes sexual orientation. Make sure the scout unit your church or organization is sponsoring has a anti-discrimination statement that they say they will abide by. If they won't then Scouting For All
says they should be asked to find another sponsor.

14. Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout is asking other youth to help form Gay/Straight Alliance Clubs in their high schools. Steven says, "Lets have a GSA in every high school in America." The most effective way to stand against discrimination is through education. Gay/Straight Alliances provide youth in our schools an opportunity to reach out to one another and in doing so, educate their
communities of the importance of valuing the diversity of the human family. Our gay youth should experience love and acceptance for the beautiful individuals they are. Gay / Straight Alliance Clubs provide our gay youth with a place of support, fun, acceptance, and love.

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