Take Action: Scout Leaders to Form Coalition Supporting BSA’s Values

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

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by Bethany Monk, from Citizen Link

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leaders from across the country will announce Saturday the launch of a national coalition supporting the group’s policy of accepting members who adhere to its core values. This is in advance of an upcoming decision by the organization’s National Executive Board whether to allow openly gay leaders and members.

Scoutmasters, Eagle Scouts and other Scouting leaders will release details about the new campaign — including its official name and mission — after the BSA Central Florida Council’s Town Hall Meeting in Orlando.

Some future plans include “influencing the resolution committee, the BSA voting delegates and the general public regarding the legal, social, political and financial implications of changing the membership policy.”

BSA lawyers are expected to draft a resolution, scheduled to be released April 22. The national council will then vote on the issue in late May during a meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

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It’s important that the Boy Scouts maintain its current policy, said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) senior counsel David Cortman.

“The Constitution protects the Boy Scouts’ freedom to maintain the values they’ve had,” he told CitizenLink.

ADF lawyers recently sent a letter to the BSA encouraging the organization to maintain its policy. The large, faith-based legal firm says it will defend the group’s “right to free association against attacks from those who disagree with BSA’s values.” The letter also addresses the possibility that such a policy change could lead to lawsuits.

“It is insufficient for BSA to adopt a ‘neutral’ policy and leave the decision to local councils and troops,” ADF writes. “It will expose both BSA and local troops that choose to adhere to the old policy to substantial litigation — litigation that they cannot afford and they risk losing.”

ADF also launched a petition drive. Cortman said the online petition — which has about 10,000 signatures so far — will remain active for at least another month. He said ADF will forward it to the Boy Scouts before the historic vote.

“BSA is in a unique position,” ADF continues in its letter. “Its brave stand for the right of private associations to adhere to moral values set a national precedent that has protected not only BSA and its members, but countless other organizations that also require members to affirm and abide by their morals and values.”

Take Action: Boy Scouts of America
Sign ADF’s petition urging the BSA to stand strong and maintain its current policy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read the “Summary of Alliance Defending Freedom’s Letter to the Boy Scouts of America.”

Listen to John Stemberber talk about the Boy Scouts policy on NPR.

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