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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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Scouting for All Writes to the New Jersey State Police: Government Agencies Should NOT Be Supporting Any Organization that Discriminates Against Any Segment of Our Society

Joseph R. Fuentes
Colonel State Police New Jersey
PO Box 7068
River Road
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628

April 6, 2005

Dear Colonel Fuentes,

I am writing you representing Scouting for All which is a 501C3 non-profit charitable organization. We are an educational and advocacy outreach organization, reaching out to GLBT youth in our attempt to get the Boy
Scouts of America to rescind its policy of discrimination against gay and atheist youth and adults.

The New Jersey State Police recently sponsored a Boy Scouts of America Camporee. While I'm sure the Camporee made a lot of kids happy and hopefully taught them some things about being good citizens did you know that gay and atheist kids were not allowed to participate? And did you know that gay and atheist youth and adults who did participate had to hide who they are out of fear of being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America? You see if any youth or adult, who are gay or atheist that participated were reported to the BSA national in Irving, Texas would have been kicked out of scouting.

In the future we ask that the New Jersey State Police make sure when you sponsor a youth activity that you not sponsor any youth program that discriminates against any segment of our society. I'm sure you have some of your own State Police who are gay and or atheist. How do you think they felt knowing that their own State Police sponsored a youth program that discriminated against them or possibly their own children?

The Boy Scouts of America is the only youth organization in America that is not run by a religious group that discriminates against gay and atheist youth and adults. So the New Jersey State Police have many youth programs that they can chose to sponsor including the Boys and Girls Club, 4H Club, Camp Fire USA, and Girls Scouts USA.

We thank the New Jersey State Police for its outreach to youth. And we encourage you to continue, but do so keeping in mind the type of youth organization you may be sponsoring. The Boy Scouts of America's current
policy of discrimination just teaches scouts to discriminate and gives an extremely harmful and destructive message to all youth.


Scott Cozza, President
Scouting for All




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