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Cub Scout Pack 546 of San Diego, California Tells the BSA They Will NOT Discriminate

****************** Letter of June 8, 2001 **************************************************

Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Ted Cox, Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
Desert Pacific Council
1207 Upas Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Dear Mr. Cox and Boy Scouts of America,

As Scout parents, den leaders, and executive committee members of Cub Scout Pack 546, we are writing to you to voice our strong disapproval of the national Boy Scouts of America's policy to discriminate against the membership of gay leaders. In addition, we disagree with the BSA policy to deny the Religion In Life emblem to Scouts who belong to churches that allow for
differing interpretations of the definition of God within their congregations. We do not feel that either policy is consistent with our moral values or the values we know are imbedded in the fundamental Boy Scouts philosophy. We urge the BSA to change its policy of discrimination against sexual orientation and interference with religious freedom.

To be clear, as adult members of Pack 546, we will do everything in our power to ensure that Pack 546 does not discriminate or close membership to anyone, regardless of religious belief or sexual orientation. Prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in any form are unacceptable within the ranks of Pack 546.

In addition, we will recommend against any funding for the Friends of Scouting until the Boy Scouts change its policies in these regards.

We are taking this stand to protect and preserve what we feel is a worthy organization - an organization we can respect. At our local Pack level, we enjoy the rich rewards of active, meaningful activities; we develop relationships and strengthen community; and we watch our sons grow and mature into caring young men. Unfortunately, the national BSA's discriminatory policies threatens to undermine the participation of adults at the local Pack level and it threatens to spoil the experience for the children, who can no longer proudly wear their Boy Scouts uniforms as a symbol of helpfulness and caring for others.

Understand our position, Mr. Cox. We at the local Pack level are the Boy Scouts Of America - not just the organization headquartered in Texas. And, before you presume to speak for us, contact us. We welcome an open discussion among local Scouting adults. Ask our opinion before you assume that we are in agreement with you and the national Boy Scouts association. Because, if you ask us, we will tell you, that one of the greatest moral lessons we will ever teach our boys is tolerance of others.


Pack 546 Scouting Leaders and Parents




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