Insider Correspondence From A National BSA Informant To Dave Rice
Spring 0f 2003
I received these messages from an employee of the BSA, who has supplied us with valuable and reliable information
in the past, and who obviously must remain anonymous.
It flies in the face of the BSA Declaration of Religious Principle (Bylaws) regarding the BSA being absolutely
non-sectarian and leaving it to churches to teach religion. It also seems to be contrary to the BSA's contention
that it works with all religions. Thanks.--Dave Rice
BSA writing off certain churches - It seems to me that I remember (about 1.5 years, or so, ago) seeing a list from
national telling us which churches they recommended that we NOT try to work with. It was about the same time that
they told us they had dropped support for the Unitarians for their views but I've not seen such a list since then.
As are as this flying in
the face of BSA's proclomation of being non-sectarian . . . well, I'll leave that to your imagination except to
say national tends to be ok with that idea provided it meets their needs. They don't give any explanation to us.
With regard to the changes in # of units to a chartered partner, I believe you will continue to see (at least with
respect to traditional units) number decline in anything that's a "public" entity (school, government,
etc.) since they are legally not
permitted to discriminate. The military might be the exception since they still are permitted to prohibit gays.
Other organizations such as Rotary, VFW, American Legions, etc. have voice strong support of the BSA position and
we are being urged to use them as replacements for organizations who choose to discontinue their support due to
our membership standards.