Re: Supreme Court Ruling
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@CMU.EDU)
Thu, 9 Dec 1993 09:18:01 EST
Date: 8 Dec 93 14:08:00 CST
The issue is not racial, or even religious discrimination. The
issue is, a boy was denied membership on the basis of his refusal
to sign the application. Now, what exactly is the problem?
I don't really think that semantic nitpicking adds anything to the
discussion. Clearly it was an issue of the fact that the boy did not
believe in God and didn't want to pretend.
-->these days, although the reasons given for today's practices have much
-->in common with those used to support racial discrimination when it was
``They're bad influences'', ``those people are immoral'', ``it offends
some people's religious beliefs'', etc.
I want an authoritative source that supports your contention that
the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America
officially sanctioned discrimination on the basis of race.
Well, if I'm off base here, I will be happy to be corrected. I've
seen/heard it claimed on numerous occasions, including at BSA
meetings, that in earlier days BSA (or at least the vast majority of
troops) did not allow black members or leaders. Your challenge is the
first that I've seen.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City