The Honorary President of the B.S.A. - BILL CLINTON
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 21:30:37 -0500
The B.S.A. has always been about morals, values, and teaching honesty. The
organization has fought the good fight and spent millions in litigation to
safeguard those principals and resist any watering down of those standards.
The BSA has sought to maintain a standard of adult leadership that denies
membership to those who maintain a lifestyle or holding beliefs that are
not in keeping with those same core of values embodied in our Congressional
Charter, Oath & Scout Law.
Every sitting President of the United States since the time of Teddy
Roosevelt has served as the honorary head of the Boy Scouts of America with
distinction. Many have taken an active part in their roll as Honorary
President. Gerald R. Ford, our 38th President, is an Eagle Scout.
Today President Bill Clinton's signature graces every Eagle Scout
Certificate that has been awarded for the past nearly six years. The White
House sends out hundreds of congratulatory letters to those who receive
Scouting's Highest Honor each year.
Given the revelations uncovered by the Office of Independent Council's
reports and past declarations about smoking marijuana, infidelity, perjury,
numerous "bimbo eruptions", and now this seedy soap opera of the Lewinsky
matter confronting us daily; is this really the kind of person we want to
be signing Eagle Scout Certificates and listing as the head of our
Much has been written on Scouts-L about Bill Clinton's snub of the BSA in
his first term of office (the 1993 National Jamboree), his appointing to
top level government positions of people like HUD Undersecretary Rosa
Achtenburg - A radical gay feminist who first gained notoriety as a member
of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where she had the Boy Scouts
excluded from meeting in many public facilities.
If the BSA is concerned about principals, cares about image, and believes
in basic values then it is time for the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts
of America to invite Bill Clinton to step down as the Honorary President of
our organization. It is not a political thing. Eagle Scout Minority House
Leader Richard Gephardt would be a perfectly acceptable alterative. Bill
Clinton no longer is acceptable.
Listen to your scouts at meetings and on campouts! They are more attuned
to this affair than many adults are! What kind of a message has Clinton
sent our nation's youth? It is time for the nation's preeminent youth
serving organization to BOLDLY stand up and take a stand that this kind of
lifestyle and behavior is simply not acceptable in our organization and we
do not care for someone of Mr. Clinton's values, beliefs, and habits to be
listed as the honorary head of our organization
Speaking only for myself & in the Spirit of the Scout Oath,
Eagle Scout, Class of 1981
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City