Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Mon, 11 May 1992 11:21:26 PDT
I think we need to separate this discussion into two distinct questions:
1. Is the BSA legally required to admit members who do not subscribe to
its membership criteria?
2. Regardless of the legal question, *should* the BSA change its
membership criteria regarding gender, sexual orientation, and/or
My answer to question 1 is an emphatic "no," on the basis of the
Constitutional right to freedom of assembly. As an organization, the BSA is
well within its rights to establish and enforce membership requirements. If
these cases are appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, I can't see how
the Justices could rule any other way.
Regarding question 2, I think the BSA *should* change its rules regarding
gender and sexual orientation. Someday, people will realize that these
rules serve no real purpose. This may take many years to accomplish, but I
feel we should be steering in this direction.
However, spirituality is a fundamental tenet of the organization. If it
were eliminated, the nature of the program would be fundamentally changed.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 20
Evergreen Area Council, Washington
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