Alex Blaze

Boy scouts could be kicked off public property in Philly

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 01, 2007 1:46 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Boy Scouts, Philadelphia, ScoutPride

From 365gay:

The days of free rent on a city owned building may be coming to an end for the Philadelphia branch of the Boy Scouts of America.

City Council has voted 16 - 1 to direct the city to end the lease, or force the BSA's Cradle of Liberty Council to pay full market value for the site, unless the scouts sign a pledge not to discriminate against openly gay people.

Hey, I'm all for scouting, but if these people want to be treated like a private organization with no duty to be inclusive, then all governments should treat them just like that. They can't have it both ways.

In a related item, former boy scout Matt Hill Comer has started a webpage for people kicked out of the scouts because of their sexuality and religion.


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A. J. Lopp | June 1, 2007 7:59 PM

I thoroughly agree. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, I have wondered how the Boy Scouts of America can possibly be considered a private organization if they were also chartered by an Act of Congress. Excuse me? What's wrong with this picture?

I can only hope that this is a legal error that gets overturned sometime in the next 50 years, when the youngsters now under 30, many of whom are comfortable with the idea that some people are gay/lesbian, become the dominating force in the body politic ... and overturning this type of double-think idiocy becomes politically palatable.