Re: Child Protection Act Fact Sheet 1993-12-20 (fwd)
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Dec 1993 10:44:24 -0600
Here is what I did, since the more I thought about it, the more angry I became.
Our children and their safety is far more important that whether or not we all
believe as the President!
Others may also wish to respond to the president.
I sent the following:
From: Kathie Cerveny <kathie>
Subject: Child Protection Act
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1993 10:28:30 -0600 (CST)
Cc: kathie (Kathie Cerveny)
Dear President Clinton:
I have read the following information on the new Child Protection Act, which, as
a 20+ year adult Boy Scouts of America leader, I firmly support. However,
since our movement itself has a very tough and strongly enforced youth
protection policy, it baffles me as to why our Boy Scouts of America is not
listed, when others are.
The quickest glance to the following brings to mind that the Boy Scouts of
America have recently won the right from our US Supreme Court to state our
membership requirements, including a belief in a supreme being (instead of the
Girl Scouts about fact on the issue) and that the Boy Scouts of America also
reserve the right ( and have had it legally upheld) to retain our membership
standards and leadership standards to exclude the gay community. Both of these
issues seems to be in confrontation with our executive leaders of the USA,
however, as parents we do reserve the right to have as role models for our
sons, those whom we chose.
Since the Boy Scouts of America is an obvious movement in the country, and you
sir hold an honorary position in our movement, one would think that we would
also be mentioned. This seems to be an intentional "slap" for not agreeing
with you. Quite unacceptable in our country.
Thank you for your time, and I do hope that you are actually able to read this.
An error of this kind can seriously harm all the good that the Boy Scouts of
America are and have been for years doing, to help insure a safe and healthy
world for our members.
Kathryn M. Cerveny
BSA Scout District Chairman
> THE WHITE HOUSE
> Office of the Press Secretary
> For Immediate Release December 20, 1993
> FACT SHEET: THE NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION ACT
> Today the President will sign the National Child Protection Act of 1993,
> which seeks to give parents the assurance that their children are not
> being cared for by criminals.
> To accomplish this, the bill:
> * Establishes a national database of all indictments and convictions
> on child abuse and sex offense charges, violent crimes, arson, and
> felony drug charges;
> * Allows all businesses or organizations who employ a childcare
> provider to ask a state agency to check this database for all job
> * States would be required to report crime records to this database,
> giving highest priority to reporting child abuse crimes.
> The bill also seeks to ensure that the rights of job applicants are
> protected. It establishes that reports may only be released on
> applicants who provide written permission for a background check to be
> made, and allows for background checks to be appealed.
> Among those joining the President at the signing ceremony today will be
> actress/producer Oprah Winfrey, a survivor of child abuse who has been a vocal
> proponent of the legislation, which is informally known as "the Oprah Bill."
> Also at the Roosevelt Room ceremony will be Andrew Vachss, the
> originator of the idea of a national background check, the bill's
> Congressional sponsors -- Sen. Joseph Biden, Rep. Patricia Schroeder,
> and Rep. Don Edwards -- and former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson,
> who has worked with Ms. Winfrey on the legislation.
> Among the organizations represented at the ceremony will be the National
> Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of
> America, Girl Scouts USA, the National Committee for Prevention of
> Child Abuse, Children's Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America,
> Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and the National Collaboration for
The answer received:
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 93 11:28:53 -0500
To: Kathie Cerveny
Thank you for writing to President Clinton via electronic
mail. The President is committed to integrating this dynamic
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Anyway -- BSA is doing a great job in most cases, and I personally know how
effective out policies are becoming.
Have a great Holiday -- Merry Christmas, and may your New Year be great.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City