Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
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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Gays in Scouting
Scouting For All Strategies
On Community Outreach
To Initiate Effective Change to Rescind
The Boy Scouts of America's Policy of Discrimination
Against Gay Youth and Adults
Scouting For All believes in Scouting and is a strong supporter of the Scouting movement in America and throughout the world. We believe Scouting is a great program for youth, and should be made available to all youth and adults. The Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults is disgraceful and goes against the very tradition of
Scouting. It's a policy that violates the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against gay youth is harmful to all youth, both gay and straight. As Eagle Scout, Steven Cozza, says, "The BSA just teaches us Scouts to discriminate."
Scouting For All's effort to have the BSA's policy of discrimination rescinded is our attempt to improve the organization so it becomes as it was originally intended to be according to its founder, Robert Lord Baden Powell, a youth organization for all of our youth not just some of our youth; a youth organization we can all become proud of, Scouting USA.
Scouting For All believes that all Scout units (Cub Scout, Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Scout Crews and Sea Scout Ships) and councils should have an anti-discrimination statement to include sexual orientation.
Scouting For All will offer educational outreach to Scout units, and local councils to meet community anti-discrimination ordinances by offering to assist them in adopting and developing their own anti-discrimination statements.
Scouting For All will attempt to work directly with the National Council, Boy Scouts of America through a process of negotiation and mediation in working towards developing a policy of inclusion and protection for all of our youth against any discrimination, including our gay youth.
Scouting For All will offer educational outreach to communities, to include human rights groups, school districts, local, city, county, state, and federal government bodies, to encourage anti-discrimination policies be adopted and enforced, including sexual orientation.
Scouting For All will offer educational outreach to communities who already have anti-discrimination ordinances in place to encourage them to work with Scouting in their areas to comply with their ordinances.
Scouting For All believes, that, although it is tragic that certain religious denominations reject people who are gay and in some cases condemn them; it is not Scouting For All's or the Boy Scouts of America's right to dictate to religious denominations their doctrine. Religious affiliated Scout units should be allowed to run their troops according to their religious doctrine, under the umbrella of a National Council, Boy Scouts of America anti-discrimination policy, that includes protection for gay youth and adults. We can only hope that for those religious denominations who condemn gay people that change will take place from within.
Scouting For All believes all those who have been denied registration or dismissed because of their beliefs or because of their sexual orientation should be allowed to rejoin Scouting.
Scouting For All recommends that the National Council, Boy Scouts of America follow the lead of Great Britain's Scouting Association, where the Scouting movement was originally founded in 1907, when in March of 1997 Scouting in Great Britain rescinded it policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults to include them.
Through the Scouting For All web page and volunteer force throughout the country and the world Scouting For All will offer model letters to Scout units that they can use in their attempt to develop their own anti-discrimination statements.
We encourage all Scout units, and councils to take a stand against the BSA's policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults by adopting an anti-discrimination statement including sexual orientation and at their discretion send a copy to the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Scouting For All will work with communities and governing bodies to accept local Scout unit's own anti-discrimination statements even while at the National Council, BSA level the policy to discriminate against gay youth and adults persists.
Scouting For All cannot support any Scout unit or council that refuses to adopt anti-discrimination statements which include gay youth and adults.
Scouting For All encourages volunteers whose communities do not have anti-discrimination ordinances or laws to work towards getting anti-discrimination ordinances adopted. We thereby, encourage volunteers to work with government officials in their regions to adopt state
anti-discrimination policies that includes sexual orientation and which extend to both business and private organizations, i.e. Scouting For All recommends the Unruh Civil Rights Act of California be expanded to include private organizations.
Scouting For All will continue to promote Eagle Scout, Steven Cozza's petition drive as a means to rally and educate people about this issue of discrimination by the BSA against people who are gay and to place pressure on the National council, BSA to rescind its disgraceful policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults.
Scouting For All encourages all Scouts and adult leaders who support the end of discrimination in Scouting to seek change from within and not leave Scouting. We need people in Scouting who support gay youth and adults. What Scouting For All is doing by taking a stand against discrimination is what a good Scout should do and is what Scouting teaches its youth. We also do understand that for some remaining in a program which discriminates against people who are gay may be too difficult.
Scouting For All offers assistance by enlisting supporters to send letters of support to the proper authorities (governing bodies, school boards) upon request by any individual or group who questions Scout units who use public facilities, adherence to anti-discrimination ordinances.
Scouting For All encourages all supporters of the movement to ask your local United Way if they require funded agencies to abide by a policy of non-discrimination which includes sexual orientation. Inform them of the National Council, BSA's discriminatory policies and ask them what they are doing about it.
Scouting For All encourages all individual Scouts and adult leaders to make an individual commitment not to discriminate against people who are gay, like Eagle Scout Steven Cozza who truly walks the path of an Eagle. Steven tries to live by the Scout Law and Oath every day of his life. He is a model for other Scouts and youth to look up to. Steven has taken a stand against the discrimination by the National Council, BSA towards people who are gay for no personal gain. His stand against this social injustice, in Steven's words is "to help make the earth a better place and Scouting a program we all can be proud of."
as written by Scott Cozza
as approved on 3-28-99 by the
Scouting For All Board of Directors