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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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International

SCOUTING FOR ALL welcomes our international supporters. The International section is dedicated to your efforts of support. We encourage you to email S4A articles to be published in this international section of the Scouting For All web page. Just send them to info@scoutingforall.org - either as an attachment or in the text of your message. We are especially interested in articles concerning scouting in your country. How does scouting in your country deal with gays, atheists and girls?

You could also write on your efforts to gather signatures for Steven's petition drive. Scouting For All has received several thousand international signatures of protest against the Boy Scouts of America's practice of discrimination against gay youth and adults. Again, welcome to our international supporters!

Thank you to our supporters from these countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia ,Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom - England, Wales, West Bengal


INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING LINKS

  • Scouts Association for the United Kingdom - Scouting in the UK is firmly committed to co-education so boys and girls can meet the aims of Scouting through one program.
  • World Organization of The Scout Movement -- Most Scouting Associations throughout the world do not discriminate against gays or girls in scouting. Out of 152 Scouting Associations 2/3s allow girls in Scouting. There are at least that many or more where gays in scouting is not even an issue. In fact England, the country where scouting was founded in 1907 allows gays and girls in scouting.
  • Scouting Association of Finland -- The Guides and Scouts of Finland does not have any particular "policy" on gays in Scouting. It simply is not an issue in Finland. The Finland Scouting Association's "starting point is that guiding and scouting should be open to everyone".
  • Swedish Guide and Scout Association
  • The Baden Powell Scouts Association - The Baden-Powell Scouts Association is a traditional Scouting association that follows the original programs and rank structure of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell as he wrote in "Scouting for Boys." It seeks to keep alive today the movement of yesterday. Active in 12 countries worldwide they are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts. Coed scouting association. They do not discriminate like the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Canadian Independent Scout Association - The Canadian Independent Scout Association are traditional Scouts. They teachings and practices of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, as found in his book "Scouting for Boys." It is coed, and allows membership to everyone regardless of their background. They do not discriminate like the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The British Boy Scouts of Canada - They are also not members of WOSM. Canada since 1907, they actually predate the WOSM, nationally recognized association, Scouts Canada. They do not discriminate like the Boy Scouts of America. They do not have a web site, but they do have an email address it's: bbs_canada@lycos.com
  • The Honorary President of the World Scout Foundation is His Majesty [King Carl XVI Gustaf] the King of Sweden says Scouting In Sweden Does Not Discriminate - Web Page of the World Scout Federation - The Honorary President of the World Scout Foundation is His Majesty [King Carl XVI Gustaf] the King of Sweden. Scouting is open to all, regardless of race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and methods conceived by its founder Robert BadenPowell.
    Swedish consulate
    Chicago
    312 781 6262
    Swedish embassy
    Washington, D.C.
    202 467 2600
  • Scouts Canada - Scouts Canada does not Discriminate against gays, girls, or atheists Our mission To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
    Gay Scouts of Mexico
    Hello!
    I'm Eric sub - chef of Scouts Gays of México we exist since 2001, at this moment we working in Mexico City and two states more, we are already 30 members at all, working every weekend at town and we have almost every month a camp near the city. We organize culture activities, scouts activities and also hiking and rafting activities during our long weekends.

    Since our grupo born we can say that we have very much successful time, many gay people are looking for us in our regular places of reunion. One of our goals are making contact to other gay groups to have more friends in our Ideology.

    Receive our greatest greetings and left hand shake from Mexico City and Scouts Gays of México.
  • Gay and Lesbian Scouts of Sweden
  • Ireland has an inclusive Scouting Radio Talk Show - http://www.scoutingradio.com/ Scouting Radio is for ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCOUTING BROTHERHOOD, PAST OR PRESENT - PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOUR SCOUTING STORIES OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH SCOUTING! For More information on Scouting Radio Please email us at info@scoutingradio.com or Post a letter to Scouting Radio,Suite 60, 184 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Republic of Ireland
  • On scouting: I have had the pleasure of doing some research on scouting and religion, in my job at the Humanist association of Norway. Here are some of the results that might interest the list:
  • Scouting in Ireland: Irish Scout Leader, "We don't discriminate. I wasn't aware of the anti-gay stance of US scouting. I was shocked to be honest (about the Boy Scouts of America). I thought Scouting was about teaching people that we are all the same and should be respected.
  • www.badenpowellscoutsireland.com - An independent Traditional Scout Association. We have the beliefs of the founder. And that is of brotherhood worldwide, no matter what country class OR CREED they may belong to.
  • Ireland has an inclusive Scouting Radio Talk Show - http://www.scoutingradio.com/
    Scouting Radio is for ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCOUTING BROTHERHOOD, PAST OR PRESENT - PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOUR SCOUTING STORIES OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH SCOUTING! For More information on Scouting Radio Please email us at info@scoutingradio.com or Post a letter to Scouting Radio,Suite 60, 184 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Republic of Ireland
  • YMCA Belarus Vitebsk

    Alexei Dozortsev. Chairman of Scouts programm

    telephone: +375296098147

Frunze 22-80
Vitebsk,Republic of Belarus
210023
email: (
vitebskscouts@inbox.ru)
Our organization working with many programms (including human rights programs).We will be very glad to work with other organizations and build partnership programs.

  • Youth Education Support (YES)
    P.O. Box 45818-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
    Email: yes@yes.or.ke
    URL: www.yes.or.ke
    ...YES makes the difference
    YES (Youth Education Support) International (www.yes.or.ke) is a non profit scout friends project in Africa providing education support to
    vulnerable young people and especially the orphans with an aim to encourage their physical, mental, social and spiritual development.


Boy Scouts of America Discriminated Against a Mexican American 12 Year Old: Here Is His Story
posted: August 4, 2007

The Boy Scouts of Amercia Should Be Excluded From World Scouting, WOSM Activities
posted: May 22, 2006

English Scout: I'm outraged at the Boy Scouts of America!!
posted: May 5, 2006

Belgian Parliament has passed legislation to grant adoption rights to same gender couples
posted: May 3, 2006

Scouts of Chile Support Scouting for All
posted: Feb 12, 2006

Scouting Radio News
posted: Nov 15, 2005

A Supportive Message From Across the Pond
posted: Apr 4, 2005

Thanks from An Atheist in Australia to Steven and Scouting for All
posted: Jan 27, 2005

Australia Supports Steven Cozza's, Scouting for All's Message "Being Gay is Normal"
posted: Jan 27, 2005

Letter of Support from Australia
posted: Jan 27, 2005

Scouts of Tasmania, Australia
posted: Jan 27, 2005

Text of letter to PNC Financial Services Group from Australia
posted: Aug 8, 2004

English Scout Leader Speaks Out For Justice In American Scouting
posted: Jul 13, 2004

A Message From A Scouting for All Supporter From Beijing, China
posted: Jun 13, 2004

Canadian Scout Leader Calls For Greater Democracy In The Way The National Boy Scouts of America's Board Is Selected
posted: Apr 5, 2004

Colombia: Constitutional Court orders reinstatement of homosexual scout
posted: Mar 9, 2004

Ireland Shares View: Boy Scouts of America Membership Decline In 2003
posted: Jan 20, 2004

A Word Of Support From Our Canadian Friend
posted: Jan 11, 2004

Support for Scouting for All From Ireland
posted: Jan 8, 2004

A Note From Thailand To Scouting for All
posted: Feb 27, 2003

On scouting: I have had the pleasure of doing some research on scouting and religion, in my job at the Humanist association of Norway. Here are some of the results that might interest the list:
posted: Nov 14, 2002

Sharing comments from Finnland and Norway, via the International Unitarian Universalist list:
posted: Nov 14, 2002

Australia Responds - "The Boy Scouts Of America Should Not Be Kicking Out Atheists"
posted: Oct 29, 2002

New Zealander Questions The BSA
posted: Sep 19, 2002

S4A Supporter From Singapore Speaks Out
posted: Sep 19, 2002

A Message From Down Under
posted: Sep 19, 2002

Canadian Speaks Out Against The Bigotry Of The Boy Scouts of America
posted: Jul 16, 2002

Gay and Lesbian Scouts Received With Open Arms in Tolerant Canada Same-sex unions legally recognized
posted: Jul 4, 2002

An English Friend Wants To Join With Other International Supporters of Scouting for All To End Discrimination Within The Boy Scouts of America
posted: Apr 27, 2002

My Creed As A Humanist
posted: Apr 2, 2002

World Scouting group may condemn its U.S. brethren for stance against gay men
posted: Oct 1, 2001

MEMBERS OF WORLD SCOUTING CONDEMN B.S.A.s DISCRIMINATORY POLICY
posted: Aug 31, 2001

European scouts do accept gays
posted: Aug 28, 2001

New Zealand Scouting Says NO to Discrimination Against Gays
posted: Aug 28, 2001

Japanese scouts get apology
posted: Aug 11, 2001

A Former Scout, Troop 52, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1962 Speaks Out
Posted: July 31, 2001

News from the European Scouts and Guides conference
posted: July 30, 2001

Bruce Munro Chief Commissioner of Australia Replies to Scott Ferguson's Inquiry into the Australia Scouting Association Stand on Gays and Atheists in Scouting (In Australia the issue of gays in scouting is not an issue. They focus on behavior not one's sexual orientation. They exclude adults who are atheists but ask the youth be open to accepting God and don't exclude youth)
posted: May 22, 2001

United Kingdom Scout Leader's Enlightened Letter to Chicago's United Way
posted: April 2, 2001

 

 

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