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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Pa. Human Relations Commission Attempts Conciliation from BSA
by Margaret Downey
GREATER PHILADELPHIA STORY-March 1996
On Thursday, February 29, 1996 the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission conducted a Conciliation Meeting
between the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and me. The Conciliation Meeting was arranged after the investigation
of my discrimination complaint resulted in a 'Probable Cause' finding. The meeting is an effort to adjust the
complaint through conciliation. According to Webster's Dictionary conciliate means; to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing
acts or to make compatible, reconcile, appease or become friendly or agreeable. The Conciliation Meeting
was attended by three attorneys hired by the BSA. The BSA sent George Davidson (attorney from Texas), Karla Kerr
(attorney from New York) and Mark Tunnell (attorney from West Chester, Pa.). The Executive Director of the Chester
County Boy Scouts of America off FSGP attorney, George Kelley accompanied me to the meeting. We made a terrific
team. George was strong and effective with legal matters while I appealed to the morality and compassion side
of the issue.
Anticipating that the BSA would not conciliate and would make every attempt to have the Probable Cause ruling
thrown out, I prepared a written statement which I gave to everyone at the Conciliation Meeting. The statement
was signed by my son and me. It stated that we were '... willing, ready, and able to sign on as an adult BSA volunteer
as long as a belief in the existence of God is not a condition of acceptance as a volunteer.'
In a desperate attempt to show the commission that their Probable Cause finding was unwise and inappropriate,
Kerr pointed out that the Pennsylvania Public Accommodations Statutes state that no one shall be denied 'privies
and advantages.' Kerr contended that there is no privilege or advantage to being a volunteer. According to her,
being a volunteer is 'hard work with only gratification of having served as the reward.' She continued to insist
that because of all the 'hard work' involved in volunteering there really was no 'privilege' or 'advantage' and
therefore the case should be thrown out.
Only the BSA could come up with such ridiculous logic. George and I countered with the right of association
as the 'advantage' and 'privilege.' We also mentioned the many BSA excursion, jamborees and other activities that
provide much pleasure of association to volunteers.