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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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Scouting For All - Coming to Philadelphia

May 28-30, 2003


 Scouting for All (SFA) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) will be leading protests and other scheduled events at the Boy Scouts of America's Annual National Conference for Scout Councils. BSA national leadership from Irving, Texas and scout councils from every state will be attending the conference at the Marriott in Philadelphia. They will be discussing policy and the future of scouting in America.

 FSGP and SFA would like to hold a protest every day of the conference. We would also like to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of gay, lesbian, bi, and transsexual youths who killed themselves because they felt rejected. The candlelight vigil will be held outside the hotel one evening.

 SFA advocates that Atheist and other nontheist scouts and adult leaders should not have to hide their beliefs out of fear of being kicked out of scouting.

Scott Cozza, President of SFA says:
 'We will all be standing together to defend the rights of our gay and nontheist youth. The current leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has corrupted both the Scout Oath and Law for its own political and religious agenda. Scouting was founded for all youth to participate in ' not just some. There is no room in Scouting for bigotry and discrimination of any form. In fact there is no room in American society for discrimination. We ask you to become a voice against the social injustice of the Boy Scouts of America by helping with our efforts to make this protest the largest we've ever had and the fund-raiser a significant event for the groups it is intended to serve. Together we stand and together we shall overcome the prejudice of the BSA which is a reflection of the social injustice.'




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