Charging Scouts For School Space Illegal, Suit Charges
by Beth Shapiro
(February 18, Washington) Public Advocate, a conservative advocacy group with ties to several fundamentalist churches
says charging the Boy Scouts of America to use school facilities is a violation of the Education Bill.
A rider to law, forced through by Sen. Jesse Helmes (R-N.C.), known as the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act
would deny federal funds to any school district that "discriminates against the scouts" for their refusal
to admit gays.
Public Advocate late last week filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of
Civil Rights against Montgomery County, Maryland
Eugene Delgaudio, of Public Advocate, said in the complaint that the "fees were imposed to punish the Boy
Scouts for exercising their Constitutionally-protected right to exclude self-professed homosexual males from leadership
A spokesperson for the county school district said the Boy Scouts were being charged the same amount as other groups
like the Girl Guides and 4-H groups to use the facilities.
Two years ago Delgaudio formed the Committee to Impeach the President (Clinton) Again, and has been involved in
If the complaint is successful, Montgomery County could be striped of their $40 million in federal education funding.
Boy Scouts officials in Montgomery County say they had nothing to do with Delgaudio or Public Advocate.
Comment from Scouting for All
The Helms Amendment didn't say anything about "special privilege." Scouting for All is advocating the
BSA no longer be granted "Special Privileges." They should be made to pay for using a school facility
and they should not be allowed to recruit in the schools. If they are allowed the "Special Privilege"
of recruiting then they should be made to only hand out recruiting materials that honestly reflect the current
policy of the BSA. Recruiting materials should say the "BSA excludes gay and atheist youth and adults from
Scouting for All board of Directors.