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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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Troop 260

In early 1992 I read of the policy adopted by Troop 260 of San Jose. "We do not agree that sexual orientation is immoral. Sexual preference is a private issue. We don't believe it to be relevant in the selection of adult leaders or in the awarding of Eagle Scout rank." I wrote to Scoutmaster Mike Cahn supporting him.
- Dave Rice


Michael S. Cahn, MD

Dr Cahn has 50 years in Scouting, starting as a Cub Scout in 1940. He earned Eagle Scout in 1948 and the BSA's Certificate of Merit in 1983. Since 1983 he has served Scout Troop 260, San Jose, California, chartered to Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, as assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and troop committee chair. Troop 260 has had a continuous, active, high-adventure program under Dr Cahn's leadership.

Troop 260 adopted a policy of inclusiveness in 1991 which still stands: "Resolved that the troop committee fully supports the tenets of the Scout Oath, including the phrase 'to keep myself " morally straight.' We do not agree that sexual orientation such as male or female homosexuality is
immoral. Sexual preference is a private issue. We don't believe it to be relevant in the selection of adult leaders or in the awarding of the Eagle Scout rank."

He has served seven years on the Santa Clara County Council's High Adventure staff, once as course director. He was part of the BSA's Western RegionCamp Inspection Team from 1990 to 1994.

Dr Cahn has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El, San Jose for 20 years, serving as president for four years and chair of its Executive Committee for four years. He was Northern California Regional Vice President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1980 to 1983.

Dr Cahn received his Doctor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1957. He served in the US Army Medical Corps 1961-1963, and has been in the private practice of internal medicine in Campbell and San Jose since 1963, on the staff of O'Connor and Good Samaritan Hospitals, San Jose.


At the time of his testimony in the Richardson case, Dr. Michael S. Cahn, a physician, had been active in Scouting for over 50 years. Cahn Testimony at 70-71. As a youth, he was a Cub Scout, then an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, who received bronze, silver, gold and a second bronze palm (each signifying the attainment of five merit badges beyond those required for Eagle Scout). Id. at
71-72. As an adult, he has been an Assistant Scoutmaster, a Committee Chairman, a Scoutmaster and the recipient of District Awards of Merit. Id. at 73-74. His mother is a merit badge counselor; his brother and two sons are Eagle Scouts with multiple palms and adult Scouters; his daughter and son-in-law are registered Scouters. Id. at 74-75. He learned about the Boy Scouts' policy of
excluding homosexuals in the 1990s, when his son reported learning that someschools wanted to drop Scouting because of its bias against homosexuals. Id. at 78-79.

Upon learning that the Boy Scouts excluded homosexuals, Mr. Cahn and his troop felt that this policy was so contrary to Scouting that his troop committee in San Jose, California, with the support of his Lutheran Church sponsor, unanimously passed the resolution referenced earlier stating that it
supports the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and does not believe that either speaks to sexual orientation. Id. at 81-83; Ex. C506 at NCAC5459. The Boy Scouts initially threatened to revoke the troop's charter, but never did.

Id. at 85-86.



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