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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The Archaeology Community Questions Whether to Support the BSA Because of It's Anti-Gay Policy
Archaeology January/February 2001
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ANTI-GAY POLICY SPARKS CONCERN
In 1997, the Boy Scouts of America instituted an archaeology merit badge to replace an old, ill-conceived badge
in arrowhead collecting. It seemed like a win-win proposition: Scouts would be rewarded for exploring Indiana Jones-inspired
fantasies, archaeologists would have a captive audience. But the Supreme Court's ruling last summer that the Scouts
can exclude gays
worries some archaeologists.
In October, a subscriber to the historical archaeology internet discussion list HISTARCH fired off a spam (the
"e"-equivalent of junk mail) to the entire list, lamenting the withdrawal of funding the Scout stance
had engendered, adding, "...the Scouts have refused to cave in to the pressure of 'politically correct' groups
who despise the fact that the Scouts stand for faith and morality!"
Recipients of the message seized the opportunity to note the effect the ban on gays has had on the archaeological
community. "I look forward to working with Scouts on their archaeology merit badges as soon as they drop this
stupid exclusionary policy," wrote Tim Scarlett, a University of Nevada, Reno, student.
A flurry of messages followed, some advocating that archaeologists withhold support from the Scouts. Others
took a different approach. "As a private organization, it is appropriate that the Boy Scouts should lose the
support of tax dollars," wrote Kirsti Uunila of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory of the
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. "It is not clear, however, that they can be excluded from participation
in public archaeology programs.... We offer those services to the public and have among our constituents fundamentalist
home-schoolers, all-white church groups, all-black church groups, and so on. We never question their ideologies,
governing charters, or membership policies."
Nonetheless, the withdrawal of support that provoked the initial spam may be just beginning. When he completes
his degree, Scarlett, who deems it "critical" for archaeologists to work with kids, will likely look
beyond the Scouts for opportunities to work with the community. "It's a shame," he told ARCHAEOLOGY,
"the boys are the ones who are going to suffer while we