Skip to comments.Philly City Council Ends 79-Year Boy Scout Lease Over Refusal to Accept Homosexual Leaders
Posted on 06/01/2007 5:08:40 PM PDT by wagglebee
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 1, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Philadelphia City Council voted yesterday to end a nearly 80-year-old lease held by the Boy Scouts local branch over the group's adherence to a national policy banning actively homosexual leaders.
The ongoing dispute pitted the Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council against homosexual activists over the organization's refusal to adopt an official policy welcoming homosexuals into leadership. The City, under pressure by activist groups, wants the Scouts to either alter the organization's policy or start paying market rent for the use of the historical Beaux Arts building, where the Scout headquarters has been housed since 1928 for a nominal rent.
The resolution permitting the city to end the lease was introduced unexpectedly, according to coverage by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and passed 16-1 with no debate. City councilors stated their hope that the resolution would generate leverage for the city by and open the door to talks resolving the dispute.
Homosexual activist organization Equality Advocates Pennsylvania pushed the city to act on the scout's lease, the Inquirer reported. Executive director Stacey Sobel said yesterday that the Boy Scouts should not be able to use taxpayers' dollars to discriminate against homosexuals.
Scouts take an oath of duty to God as part of their membership, and actively homosexual individuals are not permitted as leaders. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that as a private organization, scouts could restrict homosexuals from leadership, scout groups have faced opposition from local officials revoking privileges where they have refused to alter policy based on the demands of homosexual activists.
The American Family Association of Pennsylvania said the city was caving to the pressure of homosexual activists, in a press release earlier today.
"With an alarming number of children facing violent deaths on the streets of Philadelphia, the city's answer is to target one of the few organizations that offer purpose and meaning to these children. Of the 64,000 members the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council serves, 40,000 are in Philadelphia alone," said Diane Gramley, president of the AFA.
"The Scouts' policy banning open homosexual leaders is the right policy. Would the parents of Girl Scouts want a man to be their daughter's Scout leader? No and neither do parents want a man who is sexually attracted to other males to be Boy Scout leaders. Common sense should prevail here, but it's not."
"Efforts to appease never work. Homosexual activists want a pro-gay policy expressly stating that the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council will accept open homosexuals. They are not concerned with the well-being of the children of Philadelphia and surrounding counties, but instead choose to use them in an effort to make an example out of the Boy Scouts," Gramley said.
To respectfully express concerns to the Philadelphia City Council
Council Chair Anna C. Verna
City Hall, Room 405
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413
FAX: (215) 686-1932
Vice-Chair Jannie L. Blackwell
City Hall, Room 408
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3418, (215) 686-3419
FAX: (215) 686-1933
But I'm sure it's quite alright to use tax dollars to force homosexuality on children.
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Philedelphia is in breach of contract.
Maybe it is time to construct a monument of a boy scout leader performing fellatio on a little boy. Those bastards are beneath contempt.
actually men can be girl socut leaders (with a female assistant or co leader) and women can be boy scout leaders (many pack and den leaders here are women)
The city council is just reflecting the viewpoint of those who elected it. The responsible party for this mess is the voters.
I suppose I should have figured that there was a Boy Scout pinglist, but I didn’t know who had it.
More evidence that this nation is circling the toilet bowl.
Something similar happened in San Diego.
“Institutionalized homophobia in the Scouts or in church or school is the cruelest of all,” said Ian McKellan, the actor who played Gandolf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in an appearance for the group. “It makes life miserable for young gay people and it misleads their peers with regard to the ‘truth’ about gay people that they are remarkably similar to the rest.”
The dead have no price to pay. The city is so corrupt, democracy has no chance.
And nevermind the fact that the men who perve and molest boys are all gay men. Let's just all do a collective ignore and pretend that's not a fact.
(In a pig’s eye)
City of Brotherly LOVE.
Harry Knowles, of Aintitcoolnews.com the fanboy movie hype site, said that Ian McKellan took delight in having boys seek his attention as the actor who played a major role in adaptations of two major fanboy franchises (Lord of the Rings and X-Men).
Keep the vipers at bay.
Why the requirement for the female assistant or co-leader? That’s sexist. Unless there is reason to be concerned...
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