Skip to comments.Philly punishes Scouts over 'gay' issue
Posted on 10/20/2007 3:55:36 AM PDT by Man50D
Prompted by opposition to the Boy Scouts' rule disqualifying homosexuals as troop leaders, Philadelphia has forced the city's local chapter to pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters.
As WND reported in June, Philadelphia's city council voted to renege on a 1928 ordinance allowing the Cradle of Liberty Council to have its headquarters in a building on a parcel of public land "in perpetuity" for $1 a year.
The city argues it can't rent public property for a nominal sum to any group that discriminates.
City officials in San Francisco and Boston have made similar decisions displacing the Scouts because of the group's behavior code.
Fairmount Park Commission president Robert N.C. Nix announced this week the Cradle of Liberty Council must pay the $200,000 rent if it wants to remain in the building after May 31.
Jeff Jubelirer, spokesman for the Cradle of Liberty Council, told the Associated Press the higher rent money "would have to come from programs. That's 30 new Cub Scout packs, or 800 needy kids going to our summer camp."
"It's disappointing, and it's certainly a threat," he said.
Homosexual organizations previously challenged the Scouts' policy, but lost at the U.S. Supreme Court level, where a 2000 ruling confirmed that as a private group, the Scouts could set restrictions for their leaders.
The activist groups then turned their sights on property arrangements such as in Philadelphia, where the Scouts had been using a parcel of public property, only with some maintenance costs, for years.
The Philadelphia Scouting council in 2003 said it would adopt a nondiscrimination policy on homosexuals, but reversed itself within weeks and then dismissed an 18-year-old who publicly announced his homosexuality during that time period.
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It’s looking pretty bad. I went to the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. I came out and found bums sleeping on every bench on the Parkway. I got hit by I don’t know how many panhandlers. I saw what looked like some sort of gypsy camp next to a police station.
The City if Philadelphia sucks and it has for a very long time
Studies clearly show that percentage of homosexuals are predominant in same sex molestation cases. This increases where 'straight' men molest boys, a homosexual act. This is far out of proportion to the homosexual percentage of the population in general. Therefore, it is safer to view homosexuals as a threat to boys in scouting, safer for parents. Finally, most, if not all of the boy scout molestation incidences have been wrought by homosexuals.
Wasn’t it Newt Gingrich who said that refusing to reward someone is not the same thing as punishing them?