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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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Mel Lipman

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Phone: (702) 433-5210
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American Humanist Association:

Mel Lipman is president of the American Humanist Association, the largest and oldest Humanist organization in the United States. He has lived in Las Vegas, NV for the past 30 years, has been married for 49 years and has two teenage grandsons.

He is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator and a former supervising examiner for the Federal Reserve Board. Lipman teaches Constitutional Law and U.S. History at Nevada State College and at University of Phoenix. He is a former board member of the Nevada Civil Liberties Union and remains active in many ACLU efforts. A Humanist minister, Lipman is a member of the Las Vegas Interfaith Council and frequently lectures on church-state issues. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV talk shows (local and national) to talk about Humanism and church/state issues and his articles and letters have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States.

In 1993, Lipman was very involved in the successful grassroots effort that removed Nevada's anti-gay sodomy law. He remains a community activist in humanist and gay rights issues.


I am President of the American Humanist Association, an organization that has for over 60 years supported the rights of everyone to be treated without prejudice based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or any other unjustified basis for discrimination. I was a scout about 55 years ago and I recall fondly my scouting experience. It saddens me that today my grandchildren and others cannot enjoy similar scouting experiences because of such factors as religious belief or sexual orientation. Those were not determinants for being a good scout 55 years ago and they should not be today. Scouting for All provides a voice to express the outrage of many of us against the current BSA administration. We need an organization that will inculcate young men with true American values---honor, respect for everyone and morality. Those values are not contingent upon being a believer in a Supreme Being or being heterosexual. The current BSA does not teach these values to its members. Scouting for All is the only organization that can change the current BSA and it deserves my support.


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