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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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"Travesty of Justice"

National Catholic Reporter
February 16,2001

The ruling handed down by the regional Des Plaines Valley Boy Scouts Council to expel seven Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park was a travesty of justice, perpetrated against the children, parents, relatives, teachers and others who would not yield to the Boy Scouts' official edict of a no gays allowed policy. What is equally sad is the ongoing response of numerous religious groups to such actions. Churches sponsor approximately 60 percent of scouting units. The three, largest churches include the United Methodist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and my own Roman Catholic Church, all of whom filed amicus briefs in the Supreme Court case supporting the ban on gays by the Scouts.

Unfortunately, the Church's long, tragic history of silence, opposition, and persecution of Jews and other minority groups apparently has not been a learning experience for our leadership. In fact, current leadership, or more precisely lack thereof, places itself squarely in continuity with past tragedies and against the recent struggle of millions of Catholics who have fought so
courageously for civil rights for all people. The average Catholic will need to look elsewhere for any moral leadership in fighting discrimination against gays.

How our leaders can look squarely in the eyes of gay teens, who have suicide rates triple those of similar age groups, while simultaneously working toward denying them (by active opposition or silence) opportunities to participate with their peer groups in scouting or related activities, defies logic, justice and love.

Robert J. Comiskey, Ph.D.




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