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  • Berkeley can boot Scouts, court says

    11/26/2002 9:28:29 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 78 replies · 608+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Nov. 26, 02 | Claire Cooper
    <p>The city is allowed to rescind the free berth at the marina because of the group's ban on gays.</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sea Scouts are no longer entitled to a free berth at Berkeley's marina, an appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that lets the city enforce its policy of nondiscrimination toward homosexuals against an affiliate of the adamantly anti-gay Boy Scouts.</p>
  • Sept. 11 memorial dedicated; so is Scout (Eagle Scout project -- front page news)

    11/25/2002 11:10:34 AM PST · by thinktwice · 8 replies · 363+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 25 November 2002 | Eric Carpenter
    FOUNTAIN VALLEY – Ben Narodick, 17, sat in his room studying the criteria for selecting his Eagle Scout project and noted a line indicating it should have a significant and lasting effect. The words shifted his thoughts to Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorist attacks that left so many people with a lasting sadness and anger. An idea popped into his head: Build a monument in his hometown to all victims of terrorist attacks. And it should include a piece of the wreckage from the World Trade Center. Trouble was, this was a highly ambitious project and Narodick needed to...
  • Busybodies pestering Boy Scouts should get a life

    11/24/2002 7:22:23 AM PST · by Buffalo Bob · 13 replies · 325+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2002, 9:17PM | DAVID REINHARD
    WHAT is it about the Boy Scouts that turns folks who celebrate their tolerance into raging busybodies? What is it about the Boy Scouts that changes people who go out of their way not to be "judgmental" into common scolds? What is it about the Boy Scouts that transforms those who fret about somebody else "imposing their values" on society into authoritarians who would use society's instruments of power to impose their values on others? After all, here's an organization that does enormous good for millions of boys. Here's a Supreme Court-certified private organization that doesn't force any child or...
  • Atheist Eagle flips bird at Scouts: Robert Knight covers writer tied into knots about God

    11/23/2002 12:51:30 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 249+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, November 23, 2002 | Robert Knight
    Last week, The Washington Post turned over the left side of the Sunday Outlook section cover to a disgruntled atheist Eagle Scout. In "For Me, It Was Never About God," Rick Weiss, a Post science writer and self-professed atheist, recalls camping and knot tying, and concludes that Scouting is really about learning "practical skills and an earthy self-reliance." Mr. Weiss piously sent back his Eagle badge to Scout headquarters over the Scouts' dismissal of Darrell Lambert, 19, a Seattle Eagle Scout who had declared that, darn it, he did not believe in God after all, so there. A weird sort...
  • City (Berkeley) and Scouts square off over gay rights (it's freepin time)

    11/21/2002 9:54:04 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 23 replies · 212+ views
    City and Scouts square off over gay rights By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet Staff (11-21-02) Lawyers for the city of Berkeley and leaders of the Berkeley Sea Scouts will square off in a San Francisco courthouse today over gay rights and berths at the Berkeley Marina. The Sea Scouts organization, affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, paid nothing to dock its boats at the Marina for more than 50 years, until the city began charging the group a fee in 1998 because it failed to disown the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies. Sea Scouts leaders filed suit against the...
  • No atheists, no homosexuals, no merit for the Boy Scouts

    11/18/2002 7:33:17 AM PST · by 2banana · 103 replies · 511+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 18, 2002 | Larry Atkins
    No atheists, no homosexuals, no merit for the Boy Scouts By Larry Atkins The Boy Scouts are at it again. Last week, Darrell Lambert, an Eagle Scout in Washington state, was expelled by the Scouts because he failed to declare belief in a supreme being in accordance with Boy Scout policy. Lambert had earned 37 merit badges, worked more than 1,000 hours of community service, and helped lead a Boy Scout troop in his hometown. The Boy Scouts of America serve a valuable purpose in shaping the lives of young people. But its continued policy of discriminating against atheists and...
  • Boy Scouts Impact on 2002 Elections Being Ignored by Mainstream Press

    11/11/2002 8:23:12 AM PST · by Brookhaven · 38 replies · 192+ views
    ... And here in Georgia, for example, I’ll just give you one issue that became prominent in this campaign, Max Cleland had voted against the right of the Boy Scouts to meet in public schools. This is a state, most people don't know this, that has one of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country — over 80,000 Scouts in the metro Atlanta council alone. That’s 160,000 parents, and most are registered to vote. And Max Cleland voting against the Boy Scouts, along with Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, and by the way against Zell Miller, our other senator,...
  • Atheist says he's been booted from Boy Scouts

    11/05/2002 12:27:48 AM PST · by kattracks · 216 replies · 410+ views
    USA TODAY | 11/04/02 | AP
    SEATTLE (AP) — An Eagle Scout who has earned 37 merit badges said Monday he has been kicked out of the Boy Scouts for refusing to declare a belief in a higher power. Darrell Lambert said he was told of the decision earlier in the day by the Chief Seattle Council, the Scouts' regional governing body. "Am I bitter? No. Disappointed? Yeah," he said. "We're in the 21st century. Our country was founded on religious freedom, and the Boy Scouts of America are still discriminating." Lambert said he plans to appeal the decision within the Scouting council within the...
  • Boy Scouts to Atheist: Accept A God or Get Out

    10/30/2002 3:39:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 240 replies · 534+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 10/30/02 | Michael L. Betsch
    (CNSNews.com) - The assistant Scoutmaster of a Pacific Northwest Boy Scout troop is currently faced with the decision of professing his belief in a "supreme being" or facing banishment from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). However, 19-year-old Darrel Lambert said he's been an atheist since the ninth grade and he's sticking to his convictions. Lambert's track record with the Seattle-based Troop 1531 is impressive. Throughout his 10-year scouting career he earned 37 merit badges to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout; served as a quartermaster and three-time senior patrol leader; and has dedicated himself to more than 1,000 hours...
  • Atheist Scout fights decision to boot him

    10/29/2002 7:23:25 AM PST · by Cagey · 88 replies · 480+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10-29-2002 | Marsha King
    The Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts has given Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert about a week to decide "in his heart" if he's truly an atheist. If he insists on sticking to his belief that there is no God, the Council will terminate his membership. "No way" is he going to change his beliefs, says Lambert, who has been in scouting since he was 9 years old. "It'd be like me asking them to change their belief. It's not going to happen." His beliefs, if unchanged, give the Scouts no choice, says Brad Farmer, council's Scout executive in Seattle....
  • Spielberg Attacks Boy Scouts

    10/14/2002 9:59:17 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 70 replies · 518+ views
    People ^ | October 14, 2002 | STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN and SUSAN MANDEL
    STEVEN SPIELBERG was in the nation's capital Sunday as he was honored at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner for his commitment to equal rights, PEOPLE reports. Singer Melissa Etheridge, 41, presented him HRC's 2002 National Equality Award and called him "a man with a heart and soul like I have never known -- one of the greatest artistic and altruistic men in America." Also on hand for the event: Tipper Gore, Betty DeGeneres (mother of Ellen), House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe and Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard. In regard to...
  • School Board Yields to Federal Legislation - Bush Beats Berkeley! Boy Scouts/Military allowed in

    09/28/2002 12:38:28 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 101 replies · 386+ views
    School Board Yields to Federal Legislation By EMMA SCHWARTZ Contributing Writer Friday, September 27, 2002 Berkeley school board members agreed Wednesday night to follow a federal law even though the board had previously passed two resolutions that contradict it. The Berkeley Unified School District must immediately comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which sets standards for educational policy, to receive federal funds for the current school year. Two of the act's clauses require the school district to open its facilities to Boy Scouts of America and provide military recruiters with information about students, both of...
  • Scouts Seek to Overturn Ruling on Homosexuals

    09/23/2002 3:49:22 AM PDT · by kattracks · 200 replies · 643+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 9/23/02 | Lawrence Morahan
    (CNSNews.com) - The Boy Scouts of America is seeking to overturn a decision by the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission that the scouts unlawfully discriminated against two Washington area scout leaders because they were homosexual. A three-member panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the District's highest court, is considering the case after listening to arguments Sept. 10 by representatives for the Boy Scouts and by lawyers for Michael Geller, 40, and Roland Pool, 41, whose membership in the scouts was revoked in 1992 because of their homosexuality. In a ruling in June 2001, the D.C....
  • The Boy Scouts on the Front Lines

    09/19/2002 5:37:52 AM PDT · by luv2ndamend · 88 replies · 1,227+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 19, 2002 | By Harold Johnson
    A Washington, D.C. court hearing last Tuesday — 9/10 — offered a sobering reminder that 9/11 did not, in fact, change "everything." The proceedings, at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, dealt with a government rebuke of the Boy Scouts of America last year for dismissing two Washington-area Scout leaders because they're gay. The Scouts asked the court to overturn the June 2001 command by the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission that Michael Geller, 39, and Ronald Pool, 40, be readmitted as adult members and receive $100,000 in damages. Although the Commission submitted no briefs of its own...
  • TURNING BOYS INTO MEN

    08/26/2002 2:56:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 301+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/26/02 | WILLIAM TUCKER
    <p>August 26, 2002 -- EVERY year, I tell myself I can't afford to spend a week at Boy Scout camp. And every year, after 15 minutes, I am once again mesmerized by the never-ending drama of watching older scout leaders turn boys into men.</p>
  • Should the Boy Scouts ban gays? (Poll Alert)

    08/07/2002 10:18:13 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 17 replies · 512+ views
    7am.Com ^ | 8/8/2002 | 7am.Com
    Submit your vote by clicking on the green, blue or orange line ... it will register in a second or two ... Click here for poll
  • S.F. Judges Ordered to Cut Ties to Scouts

    08/09/2002 10:49:31 PM PDT · by ppaul · 142 replies · 1,138+ views
    FamilyNews ^ | 8/9/02 | Stuart Shepard
    SAN FRANCISCO - Don't try to be a judge in San Francisco if you work with the Boy Scouts. Judges in San Francisco are being barred from associating with the Boy Scouts because of the Scouts' opposition to homosexuals being in leadership positions. The new policy, adopted by the city's Superior Court, prohibits the court's judges and commissioners from participating in any organization that excludes members "... on the grounds that their sexual orientation renders them 'unclean,' 'immoral' or 'unfit.' " Bob Knight, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Culture and Family Institute, said the policy is ludicrous and offensive. "In...
  • Teaching Terrorism, Blacklisted Boy Scouts

    08/12/2002 4:42:08 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/12/02 | Scott Norvell
    <p>Public school teachers across the country are gearing up to make Sept. 11 and the war on terror part of their lesson plans this fall. A number of groups have rushed forward with politically correct curricula to fill the void, reports the San Jose Mercury News.</p>
  • Andrea [Mrs. Greenspan] Mitchell nets $20,000 for speaking to Girl Scouts

    08/15/2002 12:35:51 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 12 replies · 367+ views
    This links directly to a .pdf file that includes the nugget in the headline. It's a site/report based on financial disclosure forms submitted by Federal Reserve officials.
  • PC Scouts

    08/18/2002 10:15:53 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 104+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 8/19/02 | Debra Saunders
    At first blush, the San Francisco Superior Court judges' unanimous vote last month to require judges to swear not to associate with the Boy Scouts seems absurdly heavy-handed. It is nasty, but it's not as outlandish as you might think. For one thing, Angela Bradstreet, the president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, who pushed the measure, admits the resolution is not enforceable. (Only the California Supreme Court can change the Code of Judicial Ethics, the rules that dictate judges' conduct.) Bradstreet also agrees that the San Francisco judges' measure singled out the Boy Scouts (because the group...