Re: Supreme Court ruling
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@CMU.EDU)
Wed, 8 Dec 1993 11:36:16 EST
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 93 8:15:33 EST
From: Jo Paoletti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It may be legal, but that doesn't make it right.
I definitely agree. I note in reading the material relating to this
decision that the ruling includes racial discrimination in the same
category with the other forms of discrimination that BSA could
practice if it chose to do so, even though they are illegal other
situations. It also seems to recognize the policy in question for
what it is, religious discrimination.
I find myself feeling a bit sorry for the people who are happy with
this situation. Fortunately, BSA eventually chose to give up its
legal right to practice racial discrimination and I don't think that
there's any danger of a return -- no one seems to be advocating it
these days, although the reasons given for today's practices have much
in common with those used to support racial discrimination when it was
I think that the history of BSA's policies concerning racial
discrimination gives some reason to think that the organization will
continue to advance past prejudice to realize that the current
practices are just as unnecessarily hurtful and the justifications
just as ridiculous.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City