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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Troop 2, Pack 97, Santa Monica, California Anti-discrimination Resolution
To the National Committee ofthe Boy Scouts of America
As parents of sons in a Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack, we are writing to request that the Western Los Angeles
County Council convey to the National Committee of the Boy Scouts of America our recommendation that the policy
be revisited which considers openly gay men and women unsuitable for service as adult scout leaders. We believe
this policy contradicts the moral principles that provide the foundation of American democracy and are articulated
in the Scout Law. Instead, we would suggest a national policy that permits local scout councils and their
sponsoring organizations to select adult leaders whose behavior reflects the highest moral values of our communities.
In the United States, people are not condemned for who they are: we judge individuals for praise or blame, based
on their actions. This principle underlies legislation that makes discrimination on the basis of race illegal,
even in the context of privately owned businesses. Gay men and women are free to serve as public officials
in local municipalities and Congress, and are not
barred from service on the Supreme Court or as President. They serve as schoolteachers and religious leaders,
working closely and responsibly with our children. To preclude them from service as adult leaders in the
Boy Scouts of America does not reflect any considered judgmentof their abilities or integrity and denies them the
equitable treatment afforded by our Constitution in other sensitive arenas of leadership.
The Scout Law echoes this attitude in other contexts, when it requires a scout to "respect those with ideas
and customs other than his own." Respect includes the basic presumption that an individual will be judged
on the strength of character revealed through his or her actions. Denying all men and women of a certain
sexual orientation the possibility of service as an adult
leader does not show the respect to which each of us is entitled. Gay people hold values that cross the entire
political spectrum; to treat them as a group with a single point of view does not respect individual differences.
The National Committee's current policy sets troops and packs in our region at odds with the predominant values
of our communities. Entirely as a practical consideration, this hurts our recruiting and fundraising, and
endangers our access to public facilities. Even more important, however, is its consequence for the moral
lessons we teach our children. The Scout Law requires a scout to stand up for what he thinks is right. We
are attempting to do so by urging the National Committee to reconsider its policy on this issue. We
ask that each regional council, district, or sponsoring organization be permitted to
articulate its own guidelines for the selection of adult leaders. The current policy has inadvertently politicized
our leadership criteria, troubling our scouts and "immersing them in the politics of the day," despite
the National Committee's stated intention to the contrary.
Thank you for your consideration.
Graham Wong, ParentsCommittee Chair, Troop2, Santa Monica
Caroline Lagerfelt, ParentsCommittee Chair, Pack 97, Santa Monica