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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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Newport, Oregon won't rent to Boy Scouts


Interesting that the reason was "separation of church & state"

http://www.newportnewstimes.com/articles/2004/08/18/news/news08.txt


By Joel Gallob Of the News-Times

The Newport City Council unanimously voted this week to turn down a request from the Boy Scouts to rent the building that had, for years, housed the office of Mrs. Santa Claus - Dorothy Grover.

The problem with the request, explained City Manager Sam Sasaki after the meeting, was "a question of separation of church and state."

Newport resident Tom Gravon had contacted the city administration, and sent a letter to the News-Times on the issue, raising the question of the appropriateness of a municipal government leasing a property to an organization with broad ties to various religions.

The building was originally built by the Lions Club, noted Mayor Mark Jones. "It appears we're not able to lease it exclusively to the Boy Scouts," Jones said. He asked the city council "to direct that the building be taken over by Newport Parks and Recreation Department for rental purposes."

"We received an e-mail from (City Attorney) Chris Minor," who's in Seattle, said Sasaki, and Minor urged the city to let the lease run out and expire this coming November, and seek another tenant.

 

 

 

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