Re: Scouting in the news
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 08:33:57 -0700
At 11:52 PM 9/26/97 -0400, Michael F. Bowman wrote:
>I checked both the CNN-SF website and the CNN main website for any
>stories related to "eagle" "scout" or "rank" and there wasn't anything in
>the last six months to uggest a story about an Eagle being asked to
>surrender his badge of rank.
There was a small article in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, 27 August
1997, that stated that the BSA has petitioned the California Supreme Court
to rule on an issue that has been before it for over three years. The
Superior Court in Orange County ruled in 1991 that the BSA had to admit
two children whose father is an atheist and who claim also to be atheists
into the Cub Scouts. The California Court of Appeals affirmed the decision.
Now, 6 years later, both boys are Life Scouts and are about to have their
Eagle Scout boards of review.
At issue is the constitutional First Amendment right to freedom of
association championed by the BSA versus California's Unruh Act, which
forbids discrimination by businesses on the basis of race, creed, religion,
or sexual preference, amongst other things. The California courts have ruled
that since the BSA maintains retail outlets that sell certain items to the
public and that since they maintain a mail order catalog operation, that
the BSA is a business which is covered by the Unruh Act.
The BSA's position is that the constitutional right to freedom of
association allows them to set standards for their members consistent
with their core values as an association, and that this constitutional
right outweighs the Unruh Act.
It will be interesting to see how the California Supreme Court rules on
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 808 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City