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Asking Religious and Atheist Leaders to Sign Father Correll's Letter

Religious and Atheist/Non-theist Leaders Ask the Boy Scouts of America to END Its Discriminatory Policy Against Gay and Atheist Youth and Adults



Photo From: Scouting for All's Healing Ceremony, May 2000, San Francisco, California, Trinity Episcopal Church, for those who have been hurt by the Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination.

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A Call to All Religious Leaders

On June 28th, 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States made it official - the BSA was given legal sanction to discriminate against gay youth and adults as well as atheists. With the advent of this stunning decision, many Faith Communities have started to rethink their relationship with the BSA and to question whether chartering a troop or other scout unit fits in with their policies of inclusiveness. Fully 61.51% of units representing 55.03% of the youth in Scouting are chartered by religious organizations. There is a huge responsibility on the part of Faith Communities to "do the right thing," but just what that is, remains the big question.

For some it means recommending to their congregations that they completely disassociate from the BSA, while looking forward to the day when they can rejoin and know that all God's children will be welcome. For others the choice may be to stay and continue to work for change from within. But for all, it seems clear that to stay in and not advocate for change means colluding with the discrimination of the BSA -- something inclusive Faith Communities should not be prepared to do.

Scouting for All is advising all faith groups to adopt a policy of non-discrimination that extends to all troops using their facilities and any troops that they charter (sponsor.) Insist that any group or scout unit meeting in your building or being sponsored by your faith community, sign the statement and be willing to stand by it.

The heritage of strong faith and the belief that all human beings have inherent worth asks this of you: that you be lights of hope, beacons of courage and love, and defenders of the disenfranchised.

For information on chartering organizations that are Religious Denominations Who have Taken A Stand Against the BSA's policy of Discrimination, Please Go to Section I Chartered Organizations and also to the Links menu under the title Support from Religious Denominations.

Links:

  • www.Soulforce.org - Join our network of friends learning nonviolence from Gandhi and King, seeking justice for God's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender children.
  • www.beliefnet.com - In case you're not familiar with Beliefnet, it's the largest religion and spirituality site on the web, reaching 5 million people each month. We cover religion in the news, politics, and culture, as well as general morality issues, charity, and family. Feel free to check out the site. Beliefnet is a Webby award-winning, National Magazine Award-nominated site, and we're the primary provider of religion and spirituality content to America Online and ABCNews.
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice - The National Conference for Community and Justice, founded in
    1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. We support the efforts of Scouting for All to STOP discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America
  • LGBT Bible Christians - Helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Christians (and those
    who are away from Christ but wish to explore returning) to grow in faith, self-worth, and awareness of God's love and plan for their lives as LGBT people
  • www.affirmation.org - Affirmation - Gay and Lesbain Mormons - A social, educational and advocacy group for the support of current and former GLBT Latter-day Saints, their families and friends.
  • www.religiousinstitute.org - Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing
  • www.aeu.org - American Ethical Union is a community of individuals dedicated to making our lives and our world more humane, more ethical...
  • For The Bible Tells Me So - In the spring of 2003, executive producers Robin Voss and Keith Lewis attended a seminar entitled "Beyond the Bible and Homosexuality, A Journey into the Heart of God" at St. Mark, a progressive Presbyterian church in Orange County, California. The presenter was a straight minister named Steven Kindle, the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Clergy United.

    During the presentation, Rev. Kindle provided a very different interpretation of the scriptural passages regarding homosexuality--passages that traditionally have been used by Judeo/Christian religious institutions to condemn homosexuality. Voss and Lewis were so moved by that initial seminar, that they agreed a film should be made addressing this issue.

  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement(United Kingdom)
    Richard Kirkek, Chief Executive
    Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG, UK

"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe." (Ephesians 1:17-19)

 

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We are an education and advocacy organization reaching out to gay and nontheist youth and adults in our effort to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its exlusionary policy.

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