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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Some Letters To The Commissioners of Cheltenham, PA Asking That They Disassociate From The Boy
Scouts of America
April 24, 2006
To: The Commissioners of Cheltenham, PA:
Harvey Portner firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jeffrey Muldawer email@example.com,
Mickey Simon firstname.lastname@example.org,
Michael Swavola email@example.com,
Robert Gerhard firstname.lastname@example.org,
Charles McKeown email@example.com
Paul Greenwald firstname.lastname@example.org
David Kraynik (Township Manager) email@example.com
I always saw Pennsylvaniaas a state that expressed the principles of religious and social tolerance, as founded
by your Quaker forebears. But you, as a group,have expressed a highly intolerant attitude towards atheist and
gay Boy Scouts, by making that intolerance a matter of policy for the township of Cheltenham -- by supporting
the Boy Scouts and that organization's hateful intolerance of gay and atheist Scouts.
Surely William Penn is turning over in his grave. The England where Penn grew up was a highly intolerant place,
and it was precisely for that reason that he and other Quakers came to the U.S. -- to create a placewhere they
could findgreater tolerance, and extend that tolerance to others. One of the places they came was Cheltenham,
where 15 refugee English Quakers established themselves in 1682.
My Warren ancestors were Quakers who came over in 1640 and settled in Amity, Long Island. So, while I am not a
constituent of yours, I feel I have a vested interest in the history of your state and your township.
Cheltenham'ssupport of Boy Scout intolerance is shameful. As commissioners, you should not be needing somebody
like me to teach you the history lesson. You shouldbe bringing your political power to bear on the Boy Scouts
and teaching themthe history lesson that they so desperately need to learn.
Patricia Nell Warren
My family and I have recently been informed that your county is disregarding the need for fairness and non-discrimination
by not addressing the BSAâ€™s use of public facilities for free. This is unfortunate for your township and
my family. We had planned to take our yearly 2-week vacation exploring Philly and its history, but are changing
our plans to support one of the many other places we can go where gay and lesbian people are honored and treated
We believe this is a civil rights issue, and that the people must override a conservative Supreme Court decision
by enacting laws protecting gays and lesbians in all ways. The BSA clearly does not do so, and your support, regardless
of how long this discriminatory support has gone onâ€”60 years is nothing in the span of this worldâ€”it
must be addressed and abolished now. There is enough misuse of gay and lesbian issues in the political arena. Itâ€™s
time to make a strong statement in favor of fairness and democracy for all.
Thank you for reading this. I ask that you pass this along to the other commissioners. And thank you for your service
to your community,
Rev. Casey Moffett-Chaney
Rev. Casey Moffett-Chaney
Dear Charles McKoen, Commissioner of Cheltenham, PA
Scouting for All and its 1,000s of members nationally and internationally ask you to vote to have the Cheltenham
Township to disassociate from the Boy Scouts of America. City Councils are supposed to represent all the people
not some of the people. Tax payer money should notin any way go to a bigoted organization. Currently the Boy Scouts
of America discriminates against homosexual and atheist youth and adults. Some in your community may say, "Well
I have not seen any discrimination here." To those individuals we must ask them, would they say that about
the KKK or any organization that discriminates. Because we have not witnessed it here does meanthat we should
still support them or have anything to do with them. Scouting for All says no, and all those American's who believe
in human rights and social justice for all would also say absolutely no to the BSA.
It would only take one person in your community to report toyour local scout council and to the BSA nationalthat
he or she suspects a scout unit has a homosexual and or atheist youth or adult as a member and they would be investigated
and kicked out if those individuals were found to be "guilty" of being homosexual or atheist.
The leading cause of death for homosexual youth is suicide. The Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy and
practice only adds to that problem.
So I ask you and your fellow council members to vote on the side of justice and human rights and not on the side
of bigotry, hatred, exclusion, divisiveness and discrimination. Vote to disassociate from the BSA until the BSA
national changes its national bigoted policy.
Scott Cozza, Pres.
Scouting for All
Response From the Commissioner To Cozza
Our Solicitor for the Township is looking into matters for all of the Commissioners......As I see it, our Scout
Troupshave not done anything wrong, and I will not Vote against the Scouts, unless you can prove to me that they
are doing something illegal, or un- Constitutional.............
For more info on this matter, call our Township Manager, David Kraynik.
Cozza's Response Back to Charlie McKeon, Commissioner
Dear Charlie McKoen,
We are not asking you to vote against the scouts. We are asking you to vote against a program that blatantly discriminates
against some of the people who you represent, who live in your community. If they discriminated against African
Americans but there were no such incidents in your community would you still support such a program? I think not.
It is about not wanting to tolerate bigotry in any form against any American.As Pres. Clinton once said in one
of his speeches "To discriminate against an American is un American." The current BSA is currently acting
un American. To support the local scout units is to close your eyes to the issue or just not care. You see homosexual
and atheist youth are beinghurt by the BSA policy. Heterosexual youth are also hurt if they are atheist or have
homosexual parents or brothers. Take a courageous stand and vote against the bigotry of the Boy Scouts of America
by dissociating from them as a township. Ask yourself if you had a homosexual child, would you still support the
BSA? I'm a parent and i'll tell you I would never support any organization that discriminated against my children
based on race, relgion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. You see you have to put yourself in the shoes
of those who are being discriminated against and allow yourself to feel their pain. Don't turn your back on them.
Scott Cozza, Pres.
Scouting for All