Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
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 Scouting for All
For Immediate Release and Distribution
November 1, 2005
Scott Cozza, Pres.
Congressman Barney Frank, D-MA SupportsScouting for All - Asking President Bush To Step Down
As The Honorary President of The Boy Scouts of America
Scouting for All Press Conference
Asking President Bush To Step Down
November 3, Thursday
National Press Club
9:30 - 11:00 AM.
Speakers from local and national organizations will be represented.
Protest / Rally - White House- November 3, Thursday, Lafayette Park in front of the White House, time 1:00 PM
- 5:00 PM
Showing of an award winning film documentary,
Scout's Honor, Thursday Nov. 3rd,7pm - 8pm at HRC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Contact Steve Mongeau,
HRC, Tel: 202-216-1554. This is a fund-raiser, sponsored by Scouting for All, for Voice Project, outreach for LGBT
youth. Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout, who the film is about will lead a panel discussion after the film, 8pm - 9pm.
Statement from Congressman Frank, D-MA
November 1, 2005
Scouting for All
PO Box 2832
Petaluma, California 94953
I cannot attend the press conference because the House is in session and I am not able to get off the Hill. So
I am sending instead this statement of my gratitude and admiration for Steven Cozza and the work he is doing through
Scouting for All. I continue to be deeply disappointed that the Boy Scouts of America betrays its own professed
mission of bringing out the best in young people by perpetuating this unfair and unjustified discrimination based
on sexual orientation and religious belief. Clearly, there is zero reason to think that atheists or gay males
are in any way unsuited for the work that the Boy Scouts do. I note that in its justification of the exclusion
of people like me from any role in scouting, the Boy Scouts do not even allege that the problem is that of sexual
abuse, but rather simply that they disapprove of us and believe that we do not meet their moral standard. And,
of course, the discrimination against young males who have the independence of mind to come to their own religious
conclusions with which the Boy Scouts disagree is a great violation of the spirit of freedom and tolerance that
all Americans should defend.
I was disappointed that President Clinton refused to acknowledge the shortcomings of the Boy Scouts in this regard,
and I call on President Bush to accept this invitation to move beyond his predecessor in this important area of
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA 04)
2252 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515