Sexual orientation issue hits closer to home...
JOHNSON KIRKE (KIRKE@PCCCP6.BITNET)
Sat, 29 Feb 1992 22:54:08 PST
I received the following letter today, addressed to me as Chartered Rep.
of our Cub Scout pack. I am reproducing the bulk of it here for any
comments. My current thoughts are to report on the issue at Monday
evening's Parent Teacher Club meeting (the Chartering Org.) and raise
the issue for discussion at Thursday's District meeting, which happens
to be the annual fireside chat with the Council executives.
I don't see a Cub Scout pack taking a formal stand on the issue, but
it pains me to see a boy deprived of the Scouting experience in my unit
due to the BSA National policy.
-------------------- (letter follows) -----------------------
We were dismayed to read and hear the news about the strong position
Boy Scouts of America is taking regarding admitting homosexuals.
As the attached letter to [Council Executive] states, we will not
support any organization that does not tolerate and accept diversity,
whether it be racial, socio-economic, or sexual orientation. Therefore,
as of last week, our son has resigned from Cub Scouts.
We urge you, as Scouting Coordinator, to do whatever you can to change
the Boy Scouts policy. We are enclosing an article about one troops'
[San Jose Troop 260] courage in defying the national policy; we
encourage you to strengthen the pack's leadership role in the Council
by becoming the first Pack to defy the national policy.
Kirke Johnson, Instructional Coordinator <Kirke@PCCCP6.BITNET>
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