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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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Letter to the BSA National and the Redwood Empire Council

Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079

Terry Kelly, Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
Redwood Empire Council
2240 Professional Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA. 95403-3005

August 18, 1998

Dear BSA,

It has been my pleasure, privilege and honor to be the leader of my son's Den for the last year. Since I had not been exposed to scouting as a child, I have been amazed with the growth it affords my son and the other boys in the Den. I am looking forward to another year of service.

However, I was very distressed when the courts (California) decided to uphold the Scouts policy of barring gays and agnostics in its organization. I personally cannot condone this decision and wish to voice my opposition to the BSA's discriminatory policies. Discrimination of any kind is wrong, and that is the policy I believe I must promote to my son and to the boys in my Den by writing this letter.

I wish to remain in Scouting for all the wonderful and wholesome things it represents, but I can only do so by voicing my strong disapproval of the BSA's policies regarding membership of gays and agnostics.

Therefore, I hereby state that as it's leader, Den 4, Pack 8 in Petaluma will not discriminate or close our membership to anyone, regardless of religious belief or sexual orientation.

Finally, I wish to encourage the Boy Scouts to change its policy in this regard.



John F. Gorman
Den 4 Pack 8
Petaluma, California



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