Re: Child Protection Act
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@CMU.EDU)
Tue, 21 Dec 1993 16:09:50 EST
From: Kathie Cerveny <kathie>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1993 10:28:30 -0600 (CST)
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
The list was presented as those organizations that were represented.
I would guess that the reason that they weren't listed is that they
did not have a representative there. It seems to me just as likely
that BSA officials may have chosen not to participate as that they may
not have been invited.
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
Well, you may very well be right as to the reasons, but at least in my
opinion, you're jumping the gun a bit.
And since you raise the issue yet again, I'll respond yet again that
many parents, myself included, want role models who avoid teaching
that `different' does not mean `bad'. Hopefully soon the BSA will
rejoin the ranks of such role models . . . .
Simply having the legal right to discriminate arbitrarily does not
change the fact that it's a terrible message to be teaching the next
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City