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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To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends
through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy,
to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides
opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy
and respectful of human diversity.
Public Policy Statement
Boy Scouts of America
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), an organization dedicated to the support of families,
deplores the Boy Scouts of America's practice of excluding gay youth, leaders and volunteers from its program and
services. We condemn any policy that would not allow gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals to fully
participate at all levels in any activity within scouting.
PFLAG asserts that one's sexual orientation and gender identity are separate from one's moral values and actions.
The negative stereotypes and attitudes engendered by the Boy Scouts of America's exclusionary practice and such
practices are detrimental to all youth and society as a whole, causing further alienation and lowered self esteem
among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) youth. The injury caused by this discrimination and these
attitudes violates the tradition of the Boy Scout's values of honesty, friendliness, kindness and fair play.
PFLAG calls upon Boy Scouts of America to end its discrimination and live up to the words of its federal charter:
"...neither the charter nor the bylaws of Boy Scouts of America permits the exclusion of any boy...To meet
these responsibilities we have made a commitment that our membership shall be representative of all the population
in every community, district, and council."
We further challenge the Boy Scouts of America and all its member associations, at all levels of the organization,
to adopt non-discrimination policies which include GLBT youth, volunteers, and leaders.
We condemn the use of public funds by private groups that discriminate, and call upon public facilities to cease
their support of Boy Scouts of America until such non-discrimination policies are adopted.
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