Scouting For All is the organization that is trying to stop the discrimination of gays and atheists in the Boy Scouts of America. It was co-founded by 21-year-old Eagle Scout Steven Cozza over ten years ago.
(The BSA is a private organization and can discriminate as they wish, but it seems to go against the very ethos of the group…)
The annual fund-raising drive for Scouting For All is taking place now and your contributions would be very helpful! (The website is temporarily down, but the donation link at the bottom of the page does work.)
Read the letter from Steven here. An excerpt:
The BSA discriminates against my gay and atheist friends. Its policy of discrimination hurts people and teaches my fellow Scouts to discriminate. As an Eagle Scout, I’m actually ashamed of the current national leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. They are ruining a good program that was meant to include all youth, not just some youth… The BSA is not a religious institution. It’s by-laws say it is nonsectarian. We support the right of two people of the same sex who love each other to marry, adopt and should have the same rights that are afforded to all in our society. Our race, religion / nontheist, gender, sexual orientation are differences we should embrace. They make up the beautiful rainbow of the human family.
When Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in 1907, and I am sure that he would never have supported discrimination against gay or atheist youth or adults. He wanted Scouting to accept all kids.
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