Target: Robert Gates, leader of the Boy Scouts of America.
Goal: Overturn decision to strip a scout troop of its charter because Scoutmaster is gay
A Seattle church recently had its charter revoked by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) after it openly supported a Scoutmaster who was ousted from his role after the BSA discovered he was gay. The church, previously a partner with the BSA, can no longer hold a scouting program. This church should be congratulated for their decision to support Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath, while the BSA should be denounced for their decision to strip Mr. McGrath of his membership. By acting in this way, the BSA is contradicting the ‘Scout Law’ by not being loyal, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful or brave, just six of the twelve points of the ‘Scout Law’.
Due to the decision made by the church and members of the scout troop that operates there, the BSA revoked the charter of Scout Troop 98. However, the church continues to hold troop meetings and recognizes Mr. McGrath as Scoutmaster. Support for Mr. McGrath has been overwhelmingly positive from the community. The entire Seattle City Council and more than 20 Washington State legislators expressed their support for the church’s decision to support the troop and Mr. McGrath. The church has long had a policy of including all members of their community.
While the church will continue to have troop meetings, the Boy Scouts of America has not indicated that they will reinstate the troop. These discriminatory policies are dangerous and do not set a positive example for the current members of the BSA. Sign this petition to demand that the Boy Scouts of America immediately reinstate this troop with Mr. McGrath as its Scoutmaster.
Dear Robert Gates,
The recent decision to revoke the charter of Scout Troop 98 is a disgrace. This discriminatory policy goes against many of the Scout Laws. I ask that you immediately respect the decision of the church and community that houses the scout troop and allow them to practice as scouts in any way that they choose.
Your decision calls into question your leadership abilities in the face of changing times. I ask that you immediately revise your stance on the inclusion of gay leaders in the Boy Scouts. By not doing so you are sending a message to all members that your organization discriminates against its own members. This will lead to a drastic blowback against your organization. Do the right thing for the boys who wish to follow an honorable path in life.
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