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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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Press Release
For Immediate Release and Distribution to the
Media and Supporters of Scouting for All
January 19, 2004
Contact: Scott Cozza, Pres. S4A
Tel: 707-778-0564

Boy Scouts Of America Experienced Decrease in Membership 2002-2003

Both Straight and Gay parents are refusing to enroll their children in the Boys Scouts of America. The only youth program in America not run by a religious organization that discriminates against GLBT gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and atheist youth, as well as girls. Don't allow yourself to be fooled by the misinformation of the BSA. Contrary to what they'll leave you to believe, the BSA is not a religious organization. In its own bylaws it says the BSA is a non-sectarian organization. This means that it is not to be driven by any particular religion, but should embrace the diversity of religious belief. Scout Units are chartered by religious groups, service organizations and schools. About 60% of chartering organizations are religious groups. The Mormons have pressured the BSA to continue with its discrimination by threatening to leave the BSA if it rescinded its policy of discrimination.

Roy Williams, Chief Scout Executive, BSA National sent out a recent memo asking scout executives, that they "fix cub scout membership". The BSA could "fix" membership by rescinding it discriminatory policy !

Boy Scouts of America National Youth Members/Participants as of September 30, 2003. This decreasing dread has continued through December 2003. 2002
2003 % gain or loss - Total Registered Youth/Participants 4,493,230 4,414,806 -1.7
Tiger Cubs 158,506 156,213 -1.4
Cub Scouts 778,577 752,422 -3.4
Webelos Scouts 731,741 696,368 -4.8
Total Cub Scout-Age 1,668,824 1,605,003 -3.8
Boy Scouts 872,707 861,651 -1.3
Varsity Scouts 63,099 61,837 -2.0
Total Boy Scout-Age 935,806 923,488 -1.3
Total Venturers 224,034 223,254 -0.3
Total Traditional Membership 2,828,664 2,751,745 -2.7
Elementary 635,677 653,375 2.8
Seventh and Eighth Grade 235,213 245,928 4.6
Senior High School 537,769 510,931 -5.0
Exploring 163,584 156,699 -4.2
Special Needs 92,323 96,128 4.1
Total LFL 1,664,566 1,663,061 -0.1

*Source BSA internet News called ProSpeak. This email source goes out to Scouting Professionals of the Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA would never admit that their membership is dropping. Unless the Boy Scouts of America rescinds it's policy of discrimination against gay and atheist youth and adults it will continue to lose membership and become an exclusive scouting organization for religious fundamentalists. The Boy Scouts of America will continue to become increasingly supported financially by religious fundamentalist groups such as the Mormons.
Traditional scouting as it was founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1907 will be destroyed in America. An outdoor program meant to be for all youth will become an exclusive youth program encouraging homophobic bigoted values against those who don't adhere to its particular religious driven ideology.



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