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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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Action Alert
For Immediate Release and Distribution
August 4, 2004
For further information, contact Scott Cozza, president of Scouting for All. Telephone: (707) 778-0564 E-mail:

Scouting for All Asks Supporters to Send Letters of Support to the Montgomery County Board of Education, Rockville, Maryland

Scouting for All supports the Montgomery County Board of Education's effort to prevent its policy on student flyers from being used as an unlimited public forum that would be open to any and every outside group for making any announcement whatsoever, but rather limiting the distribution of materials to those that are directly related to the public schools; other governmental agencies; and nonprofit, youth-oriented, sporting events.

In particular, Scouting for All wishes to support the school boards stand against the Boy Scouts of America's threatened lawsuit in which they claim that if public schools allow ANY nonprofit organization to have access, then they must allow ALL nonprofit organizations to have the same access, regardless of other criteria.

This is nonsense. Such a ruling would compel public schools to distribute announcements from any nonprofit organization, including those that advocate on either side of controversial issues such as abortion, gay rights or any number of other opposing viewpoints from nonprofit religious organizations. Allowing the Boy Scouts of America (which has described itself in court as a "religious organization," and which discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual orientation) to distribute flyers would, on the other hand, allow other religious groups, or groups that discriminate on the basis of religion or sexual orientation, to sue for equal access on the basis of "viewpoint discri mination." The school board's new policy on the distribution of flyers is both reasonable and
viewpoint-neutral, and it does not create an unwarranted public forum.

Letters of support can be sent to the Montgomery County Board of Education at either of the following addresses:


US mail: Montgomery County Public Schools
Members of the Board of Education
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850


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