Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
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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Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ
Each Sunday morning members and visitors at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, Cleveland,
Ohio, are presented with a vivid reminder of the pain of discrimination. On a stand in the chancel, a Boy Scout
uniform belonging to Brooke Willis, an active member of the congregation who is openly gay, is displayed in plain
view. According to Pilgrim's senior pastor, the Rev. Laurinda Hafner, the uniform will remain there until the Boy
Scouts of America rescind their national policy of denying membership to gay individuals and open their programs
to all boys regardless of sexual orientation. "The uniform reminds members and visitors that the policy affects
real people who are known and loved by the Pilgrim congregation," she says. Pilgrim, an open and affirming
congregation, is a member of Scouting for All and, until recent years, was sponsor of the city's oldest Boy Scouts
troop. Boy Scouts leaders forced the troop to disaffiliate with Pilgrim rather than abide by the congregation's
commitment to inclusiveness.