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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Recipients of Scouting For All's Fran Crawford Volunteer of the
Year Rainbow Award
Scouting for All's Essay Contest Winner's Roster
- Fran Crawford, 1998 Recipient>
- Scott Pusillo, Eagle Scout, 1999 Recipient
- Mike Montalvo, Eagle Scout, 2000 Recipient
- Edgar Rodriguez, Police Officer, NYPD, 2001 Recipient
- Epworth United Methodist Church, BSA Chartering Organization, Officers of Crew 24, BSA, and the Parents Committee Pack 30, Boy Scouts of America, Berkeley, 2002 Recipient
- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, 6th District, California, 2003 Recipient
- Margaret Downey, President, Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, 2004 Recipient of the Scouting for All Fran Crawford Volunteer of The Year Rainbow Award
- David Knapp, 2005 Recipient
- Father Edward Correll, 2006 Recipient
- Michael Hampson, 2007 Recipient
- Brenda Watson, Transgender Eagle Scout, 2008 Recipient
Scouting For All established the Fran Crawford Volunteer of the Year Rainbow Award
to recognize some of the many volunteers throughout the country and internationally. Through the efforts of our
volunteers and members we are helping to make the earth a better place. This Rainbow Award as Fran Crawford describes
it, recognizes the courage, commitment, and compassion of our volunteers and members, standing against the social
injustice of the Boy Scouts of America's policy, which discriminates against gay youth, adults, and atheists.
The Award is named after Fran Crawford our first recipient because Fran Crawford's life epitomizes the vision of
Scouting For All, standing against social injustice, embracing the diversity of the human family.
Fran's acceptance speech is a reflection of his passion for social justice, his loving spirit and what the award
symbolizes for us all. It must be noted in honor of Fran we have changed the name of the award per his request
from the Scouting For All Fran Crawford Volunteer of the Year Award to the Scouting For All Fran Crawford Volunteer
of the Year Rainbow Award.
Scott Cozza, Pres.
Scouting For All
The Scouting For All Rainbow Award by Fran Crawford
It is not too late to change the name of this volunteer award to a happier name: The Rainbow Award. I ask the Board
to give it the name Rainbow Award because that better expresses the meaning, from my point of view, of the Fran
Crawford Award. The Rainbow stands for inclusion and for civility in society. When I think of human rights I take
the humanist view of the history of world civilization, that civility helps humanity to move out of barbarism.
An ancient example of such a cultural step forward lies in the story of Abram and Sarai reported about five thousand
years ago and later inscribed in the Jewish Torah and adopted in the Christian bible, book of Genesis. As I see
it, Abram became known as Abraham and Sarai became known as Sarah, when Abraham, in a covenant with his God, moved
to end the practice of blood sacrifice that prevailed at his time. You can refer to the book of Genesis for the
A more recent example of movement toward a more mitigating civility occurred in the nineteenth century when the
practice of killing homosexuals, atheists and other heretics lost its popular support. As education and enlightenment
increased in society, old beliefs were revised and no longer were expressed in barbarous actions.
A more contemporary example of civilization moving forward in a positive way was the adoption by the United Nations
General Assembly on December 10, 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Much later, on December 16,
1966, the United Nations General Assembly embodied the rights in the Declaration in two covenants to be adopted
by its member nations: 1. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; 2. The International Covenant
on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. As recognition of the human rights that are enumerated in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights becomes acknowledged in the process of ratification of the International Covenants
by member states of the United Nations. The world we live in moves towards a more humanistic civility.
In the same spirit, with its name a tag line for its policy of inclusion, Scouting For All stands for the implementation
of human rights within scouting. Scouting For All supports the Rainbow concept: That is, inclusive participation
in Scouting by gays, atheists, and females. By working for the principles of Scouting For All we are helping to
make a change in a segment of our society.
Based on population figures one can safely estimate that in the United states of America there are seven million
gay males and one to two million atheists, plus at least one hundred forty-million female citizens. Surely, then,
we in Scouting For All can say that the Boy Scouts of America loses a lot when it denies equal participation in
Scouting by millions of people who could contribute to and who would benefit from Scouting. I hope that this Rainbow
Award will conceptualize and represent work for human rights in general, and in the Boy Scouts of America in particular.
Despite my indifference to the idea of personally receiving the Rainbow Award or any award, I do want to honor
the Rainbow Award. In the light of the ideas given above, I cannot refuse it. To refuse the award would be to turn
my back on the symbolism of the Rainbow Award, would mean. For example, that I think it is all right for the President
of the United States to continue as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America; or that the United States
Congress is right to refuse to revoke the Congressional Charter of the Boy Scouts of America. Rather, I dream of
the day when the President of the United States of America receives the Rainbow Award for having resigned as Honorary
President of the Boy Scouts of America; and. I dream of the day when the United States Congress receives the Rainbow
Award for having revoked the Boy Scouts of America's Congressional Charter. Better yet, let us work for the day
the Boy Scouts of America STOPS excluding gays, atheists, and females from equal participation in Scouting. That
will be the day that Scouting For All can bestow the Rainbow Award on the Boy Scouts of America!
Ultimately, the Rainbow Award is about social responsibility. Long ago, Rabbi Hillel spoke of this when he wrote,
"If I am not for myself, Who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now. When?"
The inclusiveness of the Rainbow was epitomized in the words of Mencius:
"Nothing that is human is alien to me"
and, Mahatma Gandhi could have been speaking of this mature recipient of the Rainbow Award when he said, "A
man is the sum of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else."
Fran Crawford, 10/28/00