scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Chuck's Question
Michael Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Nov 27 1999 - 21:43:43 CST
In response to my answer to Chuck's question, I received the following:
--begin forwarded message--
Here is the "rest of the story" on the recent thread about politics on
That letter referred to is from the American Center for Law and Justice
(ACLJ) which is a public interest law firm that bills itself as a counter to
the ACLU. (As you probably know, there are several groups like this that
also file "Friend of the Court" briefs in cases where the BSA is involved.)
The letter is signed by Jay Alan Sekulew, Chief Council for the ACLJ and
this is made clear in the letter. I have seen a copy. It is clearly a fund
raising effort of the sort used by many organizations.
The letter concerns the effort to get BSA to accept avowed homosexuals. It
also asks the recipient to sign a "Statement of Support" for the BSA
position. This Statement is addressed to Jere Ratcliffe and is to be
returned with a requested contribution.
--end forwarded message--
So there you have it - the letter is not from BSA and any response or money
sent will be used by ACLJ. In this case they represent that they are
supporting BSA. This does not mean that BSA is in agreement with ACLJ or
supportive of ACLJ's efforts. It simply means that ACLJ may be intending to
file a "Friend of the Court" brief because it sees a public interest issue
consistent with its own objectives. Without seeing what ACLJ intends to
file in a particular case it is hard to form an opinion on whether their
efforts are actually helpful or will complicate matters more.
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.