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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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Eagle Scout, Fire Chief Speaks Out Against the BSA's Policy of Discrimination

I am a Fire Chief who grew up in Scouting. I am an Eagle who has been involved in everything from Cub, Boy, and Explorer. I grew up in a troop with friends who later took over the troop for many years. They were gay and probably some of the best leaders around. As a fire chief, I have to be very careful about excluding any group from any activity. It is the normal thing to do. With Scouts excluding a part of modern society, I believe they are almost going against the constitution. I salute the group from Oak Park who will not recharter their Cubs. I help many scouts in completing their projects for Eagle. I no longer will associate myself with them. I WAS so proud to be an Eagle Scout. They can have it back. I hope that this issue is resolved and the scouting movement embrace anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of the scout experience. It's ironic that tonight I am going to a memorial service for the scoutmaster who taught me so much. He had 50 years in scouting. His memorial service is in Oak Park, Illinois, and his family wanted a scouting flair to his remembrance. Some of the key persons leading
his memorial are those that Scouts want to exclude. We will honor a man who taught us discipline, and everything that the oath and laws represented.

It never mattered to us who was or was not excluded. I hope that things change.

Michael N. Kuryla III
Hillside Fire Chief , IL




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