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.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.

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.