Scouts, schools: A new battle: Helms bill Attempts to Punish Public Schools for Enforcing Anti-discimination
May 23, 2001
By Judy Holland
Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that punishes public schools that
deny use of school property to the Boy Scouts of America because of the Scoutsí policy banning homosexuals from
being adult leaders. Under the bill, schools that deny use of facilities will lose federal education funds. Rep.
William Delahunt, a vocal critic of the bill, conceded that the bill would win swift passage in the House, asking
"who is going to vote against the Boy Scouts? This is mother, God and apple pie."