Randy Finder (naraht@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Mon, 26 May 1997 23:27:26 -0400
On Mon, 26 May 1997, settummanque, or blackeagle (Mike Walton) wrote:
> Brother Randy asked about the BSA's restriction on the Rules and Regulations
> and the Charter and Bylaws publications (and other publications) to Council
> Executive discretion only:
> >Why this is to BSA's advantage?
> Two ways, the most important of which is that it keeps their "core
> documents" out of the reach of those that would tend to do "harm to the
> BSA" and allows them to update the documents without having to print entire
> new editions to the field.
Reason #2 makes some sense to me. Especially if the R&R are updated more than
once a year.
However I'm still not that sure I understand the reasoning behind Reason
#1. The sense I get from that is that a perfect example of a person who
would do "harm to the BSA" would be (overblown example here :) "The
president of the San Francisco ACLU who is trying to sue to get BSA to
accept a lesbian atheist as a scout leader and her niece as a cub scout".
(Yes I know the ACLU is organized on the state level rather than the city
level) How is this person's life make more difficult by this limitation
on the Charter and Bylaws?
> The BSA has long held that it's publications and materials are not things
> that can be "passed around" in the public domain, and this is a step toward
> tightening who *specificially, by name* has copies of those documents and
> who *should have access* to the same.
I just hope BSA doesn't end up in the type of lawsuits that Scientology did
over publication of some of this over the web.
> Both of those are illustrated in the newer versions of the booklets, as well
> as a consolidation of the highly restrictive "Guide for Maintaining Quality
> Leadership", which explains the BSA's youth protection policies and steps on
> how to "bar membership" among a youth or adult member. Clearly, those
> things do not belong in "the public", according to National's thinking.
I presume this would contain guidelines for Council executives on what
exactly constitutes reasons for removal as a scout leader. (convicted of
speeding, no; convicted of rape, yes. Admitting to homosexual experiences
during college before they found God and got happily married for 20
years, who knows, but probably explained in the GfMQL.)
> involved in those programs. Much of the Rules and Regulations, for
> instance, focuses on how the BSA advancement program and leadership programs
> are carried out, which is duplicated in the BSA Advancement Procedures and
> Policies booklet. The Charter and Bylaws emphasizes how the BSA is
> organized and the structure of a local Council,
> which is covered in the BSA publication "The Council" as well as in several
> other booklets for Council and District volunteers and professionals.
In short I understand some of the reasons given. Reprinting costs makes
sense for rapidly changing documents, and documents directly giving
guidance on legal situations that might arise from removing (or not
removing) a leader probably should be private, but having the charter and
by-laws in that category just doesn't seem right...
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