Re: misunderstanding of sexual orientation
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 5 Mar 1992 10:36:48 CST
Directly from National:
BSA National News Release - February 18, 1992
"Boy Scouts of America calls UWBA Task Force repo9rt 'Totally unacceptable'
SAN FRANCISCO - Feb. 18 -- The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) said today that
it has become clear from early drafts of the United Way of the Bay Area's
Boy Scout Task Force report, which the BSA has seen, that the report's
focus is on changing the values, principles and standards of Scouting in
the Bay Area, a recommendation the scouts find "totally unacceptable."
"The recommendations being made by the United Way of the Bay Area would
force Scouting to walk away from more that eight decades of good work and
solid values upon which the BSA has been built," said Buford Hill, western
regional director of the BSA. "We will not allow that to happen. Our
values and principles are not up for negotiation."
The recomendations contained in the Task Force's report give the Boy Scouts
two options: 1) That the BSA review, consider and change its postion of
disallowing homosexuals to be members of leaders, or 2) that the six
localBSA councils obtain an examption from the nationalBSA position, on a
pilot basis, to adopt a local policy that allows for homosexuals in the Bay
Area to become members or leaders.
"The report reads like an ultimatum, and we find it inappropriate and
inconsistent with the long, productive relationship we have had with the
United War of the Bay Area for half a century," said Hill.
"We have no quarrel with the homosexual community," Hill said. "They are
free to pursue their lifestyle. The freedoms of America guarantee
thatright. And we respect the rights of other groups just as we ask them
to respect our rights. What we stand for remains unchanged."
"For more than 82 years, the BSA has represented a constancy of purpose - a
rock-solid foundation of traditional family values that can serve as a
beacon for America's youth," he said, "Let me remind you that the Boy
Scouts of America is a private organization and has rights protected under
the constitution, just as do other private organizations, including
homosexual groups. One of our rights is that of setting leadership
standards taht reflect the values of our members."
"I hope that the Board of Directors of the Bay Area United Way will reject
this Task Force report when they review it on Thursday," said the Scouting
regional director. "I know that the members of the Task Force meant well
in their efforts, but they are advocating a postion that is unacceptable
and untenable for the Boy Scouts of America."
Hill noted that the potential impact of the Task Force report on the Bay
Area community is significant. Nearly 100,000 youth of the Bay Area
currently participate in Boy Scouts of America programs.
"However, we cannot allow the mission of the BSA to be changed by the
United Wat of the Bay Area in San Franciso. We hope it is not the intent
of the United Wat of the Bay Ara to ask the BAS to 'negotiate' on the
values, principles and standards that we hold dear. We consider ourselves
partners with them in serving the youth of today," said Hill.
"It is unthinkable to me," he added, "that in a time when worries about
drugs, crime, education, youth and gangs are at an all-time high, some
would instead direct their efforts at attacking an organization that has
been a bulwark for values and the family."
United Way of the Bay Area included the Boy Scouts in its campaign for
fiscal years 1992-93. In addition to the $849,345 allocated to the six
local councils in 1991-92, an additional #326,000 was received through
donor options. This is a program where odnors to the United Way can direct
tehir gifts to a particular agency.
In calling the TaskForce report unacceptable, Hill said the BSA's national
executive board of directors - com posed of volunteers from across the
country - last week voted unanimously to reaffirm the BSA's position on
homosexuality. This position is that the Boy Scouts of America does not
permit avowed homosexuals to be registered as leaders or members in the
BSA. In May 1991, the Superior Court in Los Angeles upheld the national
The following is a direct copy of the communication I received:
To: Members, National Executive Board and Advisory Council
From: Ben Love
RE: Boy Scout Task Force Report, United Wat of the Bay Area
We have received a draft of the report of the Boy Scout Task Force
commissioned by United Way of the Bay Area to study the relationship of
UWBA and the BSA. This report is scheduled to be deliveered to the UWBA
Board of Directors on Thursday, February 20.
The nature of the Task Force's recommendation is clear -- that Scouting
must depart from 82 years of traditional values or be separated from UWBA.
Clearly, the group's recommendation is totally unacceptable to the BSA.
To strongly demonstrate our unwillingness to abandon our principles, we are
conducting a news conference in San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. PST today. In
this conference, we will release the recommendations of the UWBA Task
Force, along with our message that Scouting's values are not for sale.
The reaffirmation of our values and standards at the February 12 meeting of
the Executive Board and Advisory Council underscores our need to take this
action. If the six Bay Area Scout councils are put in a position of
replacing funding from United Way, we are prepared to support Buford Hill
and these councils in addressing this issue.
As volunteers, we need to keep absolutely informed - I have already
addressed this issue and agree with Jon that we should move on. But - I do
strongly believe in communication especially to the volunteers in our
program, a position few professional scouters truly hold or follow.
Chicago Area Council
p.s. sorry about the length - but the info is exact and important
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City