Target: Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council CEO Les Baron
Goal: Protest Boy Scouts of America’s threat to disband a pack for showing support to its homosexual members
The Boy Scouts of America has been in the news a great deal lately—mostly for discrimination against its own members. A pack in Maryland released a statement pledging support to its gay members and taking a stand against the organization’s prejudiced practices. For this show of decency and open-mindedness, the Boy Scouts of America are threatening to break ties with this Maryland troop.
Pack 442, located in the small town of Cloverly, Maryland approved a “non-discrimination” statement in September 2012. The members and committee of Pack 442 wanted the Boy Scouts of America to know, “we will not stand for the discrimination of homosexual minors or adults whatsoever.” The committee of Pack 442 released the following policy change: “Pack 442 WILL NOT discriminate against any individual or family based on race, religion, national origin, ability or sexual orientation.”
Following the posting of this statement to Pack 442’s website, the National Capital Area Council (NCAC)—a large local council of the Boy Scouts of America—asked the pack to remove it from the website. According to committee chair of Pack 442, Theresa Phillips, “At first they [NCAC] [said] they would ‘allow’ us to leave it up based on our right to freedom of speech. Now they are doing a 180 and basically asking us to either conform to BSA’s discriminatory policy or get out.”
CEO and Scout Executive of NCAC, Les Baron, confirmed that if Pack 442 fails to remove the “Non-Discrimination Policy,” “they will not be recognized as an organization.” Baron continued to explain that the only problem the BSA views as problematic is the homosexual reference. “That’s the message that’s against our policy, and we don’t want it to continue to be out in our community,” said Baron.
By not welcoming gay students and parents into the organization, Boy Scouts of America is actively perpetuating a culture of hate. Rather than allow the pack-approved non-discrimination policy stand, BSA is casting out young elementary school students in attempt to bully Pack 442 into submission. The Boy Scouts of America as an organization cannot continue to act in this intolerable manner. Sign below to protest their handling of this situation, and tell BSA it’s time to get with the program of tolerance.
Dear Boy Scouts of America and NCAC CEO Les Baron,
As an organization, the Boy Scouts of America claims, “helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society,” and holds “building character” and “leadership skills” in high regard. For an organization that sees itself as such a positive influence on society, there is much to be desired by way of tolerance.
Pack 442 from Maryland recently voted and implemented a “Non-Discrimination Policy,” which it posted on its website. This policy noted specifically that the pack “WILL NOT discriminate against any individual or family based on race, religion, national origin, ability or sexual orientation.” Instead of respecting the pack’s right to free speech, its decision to enact acceptance and reject prejudice, BSA has threatened to cut ties with Pack 442, no longer recognizing them as members.
It is doubtful that the Boy Scouts of America wishes to use its strong moral fiber and leadership to bully and alienate young boys. Please stop this attack on free speech and tolerance. Allow Pack 442 to maintain its “Non-Discrimination Policy” and going further, BSA ought to consider a few policy changes of its own. The next generation of men must learn that acceptance and respect for others are qualities that carry as much weight as “leadership” and “citizenship.”
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