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.
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60 Minutes Coverage of the Boy Scouts of America's Policy of Discrimination
Boy Scouts: No Gays Allowed
Lesley Stahl Reports On The Decision To Exclude Defenders Say Gays Make Bad Role Models
Former Eagle Scout Chuck Wolfe is openly gay. He would not be allowed to be a scout leader.
(CBS) Chuck Wolfe was an ideal Boy Scout. He made Eagle Scout; he was voted national president of its young-adult
program, the Explorers; he toured the country promoting the Scouts; he then served on the organization's national
board for two years.
But now Wolfe is probably not the ideal Scout leader, because he admits that he is gay.
Lesley Stahl reports on the Scouts' policy of disallowing openly gay members, a right upheld by the U.S. Supreme
Wolfe says that he would probably not be allowed to join the Scouts today, and that this hurts him. But the Boy
Scouts are losing out, he says. "Scouting is about character development and building good citizens. You can't
build good character by teaching people to exclude folks . . . as long as Scouting does that, Scouting will suffer."
Some Boy Scout troops already have suffered over the no-gay policy. Eight Scouting groups in Oak Park, Ill., were
ejected by the national Boy Scout organization in Dallas for vowing to flout the rule.
"I was kind of angry because we're the ones paying money to the Boy Scouts," says 10-year-old Thomas
Lei, a now-former Cub Scout in Oak Park. "We don't get a say if we want to discriminate or not," he says.
An adult Cub Scout leader in the town is more blunt. "Who are these people in Texas telling me how I have
to live here in Oak Park," says Kathy Egan.
But to leaders and supporters of Scouting in Broward County, Fla., who have lost funding and free-of-charge access
to public facilities for supporting the no-gay policy, it's a religious matter of right and wrong.
"We're excluding based on qualifications to be a leader," says Scott Schroeder of Sunrise, Fla. Schroeder
and other adults in Scouting say they should have the right to choose leaders according to their own criteria.
"Because [homosexuality] is a sin, it's immoral," says Schroeder.
Religion has become a major force in Scouting, providing leadership, funding and facilities. The ejection letter
the Boy Scouts sent to the Oak Park Scouts mentioned the organization's respect for its religious partners as a
central reason for maintaining its no-gay policy.
Says Wolfe, "There's no doubt that those churches have undue influence on the policies of Scouting. I think
Scouting's fear is they couldn't [survive without religious support]."
BSA's response to the 60 minutes Coverage on CBS 4/1/01