Re: Personal Thoughts -Forwarded
Bruce C Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon May 11 14:01:15 1998
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Public corporations include the FDIC, the FSLIC, transit authorities,
municipalities, port, airport, harbour commissions, etc.
BSA is a private corporation. It was incorporated by Congress. Most
corporations are incorporated by one of the several states or territories.
BSA is a special breed of private corporation. BSA was incorporated without
stock and not for profit.
BSA is considered a private, expressive organization. The Supreme Court
of California recently so held. A lower appeals court in New Jersey had an
opinion which differed in some respects. Only in a socialist government
would the private expressions of a private corporation be subject to
criminal or civil penalties should they differ in content from the
prevailing opinions of the day.
BSA is not caught up in red tape. What is clearly happening it is now
public knowledge that those who suckle at the public teat do so at the
pleasure of government. Programs such as my local squadron and its ships
which do not accept public governmental support have no problem with their
program content nor with their future viability.
If you take someone's or something's money, you are most likely
expected to follow their philosophical path. You still have the right to
follow your own beliefs but they have the right to NOT contribute to your
program if your beliefs contravene theirs!!!
Now, regarding the cost of Scouting in general and Sea Scouting in
particular, it has DECLINED here in a direct relationship to the increased
percentage of private support. Private sources have been very willing to
support us. We do not have the hassle of appearing before changing
governmental boards and officers to rejustify everything we do. We do have
the need to keep in close contact with our private supporters and keep them
informed about all aspects of our program. We can keep our program
religiously oriented and "morally straight" without risking the loss of our
governmental support. In short, we have "FREEDOM" from the authoritarianism
of our necessarily sterile government!!!
Try it, you'll like it!!!