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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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Press Release from Scouting for All
For Immediate Release and Distribution
October 26, 2005
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Scouting for All

Asking President Bush To Step Down- Scouting for All

Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout, as a 12 year Life Scout, inspired the Scouting for All movement through his stand against the discrimination of the Boy Scouts of America, now as a 20 year old will be leading a contingent of
Scouting for All supporters to Washington D. C. to ask President Bush to step down as the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Steven says, "If President Bush truly believes "no child left behind" then he
should not represent or endorse in anyway an organization that leaves gay and atheist youth behind by excluding them, the Boy Scouts of America."

Steven asks, should President Bush support an organization that:
-Discriminates against both Homosexual and Atheist Americans.
-Discriminates against gay and atheist youth and gay and atheist parents.
-Is under investigation by the FBI for fraud, inflating membership numbers to increase funding.
-Who has a national executive arrested for receiving and distributing child pornography.
-Who may be using its Learning for Life program to secure funding denied to its traditional scouting program. There should also be an investigation into this.
-Who allows some of its Scout Councils to mislead funding sources such as the United Way by telling them they don't discriminate and in turn adhere to the BSA's national mandated policy of discrimination against gay and atheist youth and adults.
-Gives the youth under its charge, scouts the message that discrimination is ok in some cases, that gay and atheist people are morally inferior and not good citizens.
-Gives the youth under its charge, who have homosexual and or atheist parents the message that their parents don't have family values and are morally inferior to heterosexual Christian parents.

Program of Events

- Press Conference - November 3, Thursday, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW; 13th Floor, Washington, DC, Murrow room, time 9:30 - 11:00 AM.
Speakers from local and national organizations will be represented.

- Protest / Rally - November 3, Thursday, Lafayette Park in front of the White House,
time 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1. Please join us at the Protest Rally in front of the White House. Let Scott Cozza know if you'll be joining us at the Rally.

- Showing of Scout's Honor film the evening of Thursday Nov. 3rd . It is a fund-raiser for Equality Fauquier / Culpeper a LGBT youth organization. Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout, who the film is about will lead a panel
discussion after the film. Location will be announced

Signed: Scott Cozza, Pres. Scouting for All




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