Skip to comments.Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays
Posted on 01/30/2013 2:13:13 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Pressure from corporate sponsors may be the critical factor in a decision by the Boy Scouts of America to change policy to include homosexual scouts, volunteers and leaders.
When a representative from BSA met with Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, to discuss the proposed change, Page was told that BSA is "wilting under pressure from some of their corporate sponsors ...," Page explained in a statement to The Christian Post.
The Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights advocacy organization, told BSA's corporate sponsors that it would downgrade their "non-discrimination ratings" if they continued to give money to BSA, according to NBC News.
According to a review of corporate giving to BSA in 2010 conducted last September by The American Independent, 23 of the top 50 corporate foundations gave at least $10,000 to BSA. Those sponsors included Bank of America, Intel, UPS, U.S. Bank, Verizon and Wells Fargo. The largest donation in 2010, $700,000, came from Intel. Some donations were directly from the company. Other donations were through matching funds programs in which company employees choose the charity and the company would match a certain amount for every dollar given by the employee.
The New Jersey Star Ledger reported today, in an editorial supporting the Scouts' decision, that Intel announced last September it would stop donations to the Scouts unless it stopped excluding gays. A month later, pharmaceutical giant Merck followed suit. UPS announced last month that it would no longer give to BSA because of its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and leaders.
The BSA website lists some of their current corporate sponsors, including AT&T, Bass Pro Shops and ExxonMobil.
BSA's national board includes two corporate CEOs -- Randall Stephenson of AT&T and James Turley of Ernst & Young -- who have said they will try to end the ban on gay scouts, volunteers and leaders. Stephenson is supposed to be the board's next chairman.
BSA announced last July that, after conducting a two-year review, it would continue its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and leaders. At the time, the Scouts said that continuing the ban was "absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts."
Last week, though, The Christian Post learned that BSA was considering reversing this decision at its executive meeting in Irving, Texas, next week. The new policy would allow each Boy Scout chapter to decide whether or not to allow gay scouts, volunteers or leaders.
The acronym for the BSA will now stand for
the Brown-shirted SA!
When I worked for Lockheed Martin, they pushed donations to their charity, United Way. I refused to give one penny to them and one time was so bad that my manager called me in and told me to donate or he wouldn’t get his bonus. And that manager was a real jerk and I refused after he made the demands.
When a corporate sponsor demands that you turn boys over to homosexual men, you get a new corporate sponsor. If no one wants to sponsor you, let the organization die an honorable death.
I’m sure that there are gay scoutmasters now, but allowing them to come out and BE gay in front of the boys is child abuse of the most hideous sort.
File this one under “No Chit, Cherlock.”
If our side like talk radio actually had balls take note hannity and they mentioned this as it started then the public would have stopped these commie socialist homo crap but alas our side are cowards who can only talk about debt and healthcare and to hell with our children.
Will hannity now get on this as will others and will they mention which companies need boycotting , nah course not the coward fool some conservatives and keep taking money whilst being all nice and cozy with the likes of beckel
Amen! Amen! Back to basics!
The new BSA - the Brown-shirted SA - will become the National Civilian Security Force that Obama dreams of!
Exactly what I’ve just said. If our side has guts then this would have been mentioned , the companies would get mentioned on tv on radio in thr paper on most sites from our side and millions would know aboutthis and would call these companies before this agenda would hav got even near the debate of marriage let alone letting homosexuals near kids so they can get access to little boys
I will no longer continue my support to the BSA with this change in policy. I wonder how the oath will be rewritten, remove the phrase “morally straight” and the scout law will have to remove “reverent”.
We are seeing facism on guns to homosexual turd pokers now a second bill of rights is being talked about . So when will we get talk. Radio and others to get a protest and camp out in our millions outside of the White house like Egypt has done to their dictator
Agreed. Some day an organization that espouses true Scout values will be born to replace it.
Damn right , tell these turd pikers and business to piss off , parents supply the money get local stores who agree and get our cowardly side to mention this on their radio shows and tv shows hell I’ve frigging had it with this lot and our cowards.
jim can we become more active and get all of us to make calls send out mail etc. The left is getting facism because our side are not doing anything to stop. Them we’ve been infiltrated by either liberals commies occupy and hard line libertarians .
Surely we can get more active on here and send out privately mail to call and mail certain stores and reps
The BSA should tell the manipulators to go pound sand, and raise funds independently of these jackwagons.
Never contributed, but will if BSA stands its ground.
Agreed. Contact BSA if you haven’t already.
Would have been a Grand Slam if you'd shot back with "Be sure your sin will find you out." (Num. 32:23b)
Man these guys know how to operate. Get your big rich homosexual organizations in gear and take over from the top.
they have the power of TV behind them. They get on boards, slander anyone who stands in their way, and dedicate years and years and years of incessant chipping away.
But in the main it’s TV that has done it. People watch TV 40 hours a week!!
You can call the BSA at 972-580-2000 (during local business hours) and email them at email@example.com.
There is not "recent decision" here to be disappointed with, just rumors in media that has an agenda. Typical of some to jump the gun here.
I have no problem with any of this. Other corporations and other sponsors can take up the slack if the BSA chooses to retain its traditional policy. If it shifts policy, as is its right as a private organization, those who don't like the changes can form their own groups.
Would any sane person allow his son out in the woods with a homosexual scout master? I hope that families withdraw from BSA by the millions, and form their own independent clubs instead. Bob
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.