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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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Table of Contents

I. Scouts, Adult Members, and Sponsors

II. Funders of the Boy Scouts of America

III. Public Organizations

IV. Religious Denominations and the Boy Scouts of America

V. Other Things You Can Do

VI. Scouting For All's Alliance for Human Rights

I. Scouts, Adult Members, and Sponsors

Through the Scout Oath and Law, the Boy Scout Handbook, and the Citizenship merit badge booklets, we can see that scouting teaches its members to help make the earth a better place. Discrimination and Bigotry have never been a part of Scouting. Those in Scouting have an ethical and moral obligation to stand against the bigotry of its current leadership.

If you are a Scout sponsor (charting organization e.g. churches, service clubs, etc.) insist that your Scout unit adopt an anti-discrimination policy and send it to the BSA and to your local Scout Council.


Action Alert to All Members of the Boy Scouts of America

The Supreme Court Got It Wrong

Scouts Take a Stand Against the Boy Scouts of America's Policy Of Discrimination

Scout Units - If you are aware of a Scout Unit in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy and would like to be listed in this section to inspire other Scout Units to do the same, please send your information to info@scoutingforall.org. We would be honored to list the courageous Scout Unit in this section of the Scouting For All web page.

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Scout Councils - If you are aware of a BSA Scout Council in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy or has questioned the BSA policy of discrimination in any way, please send Scouting for All your information to info@scoutingforall.org. It will help inspire other Scout Councils to also find the true scouting courage to stand against social injustice, even if that injustice is being committed by their own organization, the Boy Scouts of America.

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Scout Professionals / Active and Nonactive Adult Leaders

Chartered Organizations (services clubs, PTAs, churches) - If you are aware of a chartered (sponsoring) organization in your area that has adopted an anti-discrimination statement / policy or has taken a stand in another way against the BSA's policy of discrimination and would like to be listed in this section to inspire other chartering organizations to do the same, please send your information to info@scoutingforall.org.

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Gay Scouts Need Gay Adult Scout Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America are Violating Their Own Scout Oath and Law

Boy Scouts of America Position Statements

Official Position Statements of the Boy Scouts of America on Diversity, School Access and the United Way

Boy Scout of America Membership Statistics

Protest by Turning in your Scout Awards

What do I do as a Parent?

II. Funders of the Boy Scouts of America

We call upon the businesses and organizations such as the United Way who fund the BSA to follow their own business and organization's anti-discrimination policies. Only donate/contribute funds to youth organizations that don't discriminate. Inform the Boy Scouts of America that they must rescind their discriminatory policy against gay youth and adults and atheists or be terminated as a beneficiary.

Question the United Way in Your Community: Are they following their own anti-discrimination policy by contributing to the BSA?

Corporations and Businesses Contribute Funds to Youth Organizations that Don't Discriminate

III. Public Organizations

This includes the military, municipalities, schools, police and fire departments, PTA's, etc. We ask that you reexamine your relationship with the BSA in light of your own anti-discrimination policies. Insist that discrimination be prohibited by any group that uses your services and or facilities. We ask all school districts to think about the message that you would be giving our gay and straight students if you allowed organizations that discriminate against gay youth such as the Boy Scouts of America to use your school facilities and allow adult BSA leaders to recruit in your schools. Just think about the harmful message you would be giving our gay and straight youth.

Question the Use of Public Facilities by the Boy Scouts of America - If your state is not listed and you are aware of action taken against the BSA to oppose its policy of discrimination in your area of the country please alert Scouting For All by sending us your information to info@scoutingforall.org. Scouting For All will post your information on our web page to help inspire other communities to also take a stand against the BSA's policy of discrimination.

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Legal Coverage of the Boy Scouts of America's Policy of Discrimination

IV. Religious Denominations and the Boy Scouts of America

A Call to All Religious Leaders

On June 28th, 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States made it official - the BSA was given legal sanction to discriminate against gay youth and adults as well as atheists. With the advent of this stunning decision, many Faith Communities have started to rethink their relationship with the BSA and to question whether chartering a troop or other scout unit fits in with their policies of inclusiveness. Fully 61.51% of units representing 55.03% of the youth in Scouting are chartered by religious organizations. There is a huge responsibility on the part of Faith Communities to "do the right thing," but just what that is, remains the big question.

For some it means recommending to their congregations that they completely disassociate from the BSA, while looking forward to the day when they can rejoin and know that all God's children will be welcome. For others the choice may be to stay and continue to work for change from within. But for all, it seems clear that to stay in and not advocate for change means colluding
with the discrimination of the BSA -- something inclusive Faith Communities should not be prepared to do.

Scouting for All is advising that as a minimum to advise all chartering (sponsoring) organizations within your faith communities adopt policies of non-discrimination. Also, insist that any group or scout unit that uses your facilities, sign a similar statement of non-discrimination. Finally, as religious leaders support programs that embrace gay youth as well as straight youth such as Gay / Straight Alliances (GSAs /
www.studentprideusa.org) at the high school level and within your congregations.

The heritage of strong faith and the belief that all human beings have inherent worth asks this of you: that you be lights of hope, beacons of courage and love, and defenders of the disenfranchised.

For information on chartering organizations that are Religious Denominations Who have Taken A Stand Against the BSA's policy of Discrimination, Please Go to Section I Chartered Organizations and also to the Links menu under the title Support from Religious Denominations.

V. Other Things You Can Do

Organize a Protest

Write to the President of the United States

Addresses to Write to Advocate Against the BSA Policy of Discrimination

Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey, 6th District, California Courageous Stand

Other Things You Can Do to Stand Against the Discrimination of the Boy Scouts of America

VI. Scouting For All's Alliance for Human Rights

The Scouting For All Alliance for Human Rights is made up of national, community based organizations, and grass-roots groups advocating for the end of discrimination by the Boy Scouts of America toward gay youth and adults and atheists, and in doing so this Alliance will be reaching out to both our gay youth and straight youth with a positive self-affirming and healing message.

 

 

 

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