scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: Re: Interesting extension on taking the program to the people through the press
John Lindner (johng@GARLIC.COM
Thu Sep 07 2000 - 01:33:53 CDT
At 21:41:32 -0500 9/6/2000, "Ronald W. Fox" <ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM> wrote:
>>Ditto for the
>>cities, Chicago and San Diego made the decision to move Scouting out of
>>public buildings quite some time ago (we're talking a few years before this
>>case even started) and I don't remember the others, but I suspect it may be
>>the case for many of them.
>Chicago has done no such thing. I challenged a Chicago Tribune columnist
>who asserted the same to check his facts. He did, and found that neither
>the City of Chicago nor the Chicago Park District have any policy
>restricting the BSA from use of their facilities. The Chicago Tribune will
>be issuing a correction.
The New York Times, which was the source for much incorrect
information recently about supposed bans on Scout access to parks and
schools, has published a correction, also:
New York Times, September 6, 2000
229 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036
(Fax 212-556-3622 ) (E-MAIL: email@example.com )
( http://www.nytimes.com )
A front-page article on Aug. 29 and an editorial on Sunday about a
falloff in support for the Boy Scouts because of their exclusion of gays
misstated two cities' reactions to the ban. Chicago no longer lets the Boy
Scouts use parks, city buildings and schools without charge. The public
schools of San Francisco no longer sponsor Scout recruitment drives or other
programs during school hours. The Scouts are not barred from using parks,
schools and other sites.
The article also misstated the timing of those restrictions. They began
before the Supreme Court upheld the ban in June, not afterward.
The article also cited one city erroneously among those that bar the
Scouts from their facilities. Although one San Jose elementary school
district, Alum Rock Union, does not permit recruiting or other Scout programs
during school hours, the ban is attributed to demands on instructional time,
not to the Scouts' policy.
The article also misstated the number of United Way organizations that
have stopped raising funds for the Scouts. It is about a dozen, not dozens.
In addition, the article misstated the Roman Catholic Church's stance on
the ordination of gays. Ordination requires a promise to live a celibate
life. While the church condemns homosexual activity, it does not have a
policy against ordaining gay men.