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To the Editor: Ban Public Funds to Boy Scouts

If the Boy Scouts can openly discriminate against gays, then it should not receive any of our tax dollars.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In 2000, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right of the Boy Scouts of America not to admit gay boys nor gay men to it organization.

As a result I sent letters to many which, while affirming the right of the Boy Scouts, also advised that, as a private organization and one in which their right of discrimination was affirmed by the Court, should not receive any public funding.

Public funding means your tax dollars and mine.

Then in 2010, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the Boy Scouts.

Although the cost of stamps is not part of the US budget, the United States Postal Service is a self funding public governmental agency. I wrote again to many that the use of that stamp, which has now been reissued as a "Forever" stamp, should be avoided as it celebrates a private group that openly discriminates against a specific group of residents in the United States.

I would send the same kind of message about any private group which discriminates against anyone -- which is their respective right to do.

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their policy of banning gay boys and gay men from the organization.

The issue is not necessarily gay boys or gay men. The issue is whether we should celebrate, honor, praise or otherwise elevate any group while they discriminate, and to do so as part of the public expression of America.

I don't think so and I will not do so.

That the Boy Scouts have and do good deeds: absolutely. But it also restricts its membership.

There was a time and in many respects that time is still with us when Jews, Catholics, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, gay men and gay women were restricted in some way from the usual aspects of life we all participate in.

If you believe that is right and proper then by all means lend your support to the Boy Scouts which support will come in the form of purchasing and using those Boy Scout stamps.

So, please do not purchase the Boy Scout stamp -- do not use it, since doing so will only elevate their stature in the public venue. And remember, while it is the right of the Boy Scouts to do so, that right does not bring nor should it bring any public praise no matter the form.

Gerry Gurland

West Orange

JF July 25, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Hurray for the Boy Scouts of America. Great job!! Keep up the good work. The majority of America is behind you. Never give up or back down!!!
Rick Fain July 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I do not agree. If this was to happen,you would need to ban money from a lot of groups. A lot of people do NOT WANT TO BE AROUND GAY PEOPLE. I SAY GOOD LOB BOY SCOUTS. I DON"T SEE "GAY BOY SCOUTS" In any add.
Alan Sanders July 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It takes a narrow mind to sing a narrow song, it takes a narrow mind to sing a narrow song..... You don't have to associate with those you don't like but putting those who discriminate against a persecuted group on a pedestal is just plain wrong. Hey did you know that Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, 3 degrees in physics, BA, MA, PhD and a Nationally ranked tennis player, was gay.
Loren Svetvilas July 26, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I have for a long time spoke against the BSA for their policies against gays. Back in around 2000, I submitted a cartoon to the The New Yorker magazine. It depicted two scouts standing alongside each other, with one scout proudly showing his peer his sash. The proud scout stating, "And this one I got for gay bashing..." Needless to say, the magazine did not accept the cartoon. (About 6-months later they published a cartoon mirroring the one I had submitted...with kinder words but the same message. And I just heard that USA Today recently published a similar cartoon.) I spent the better part of 6-years in scouts, and loved my experiences. I am ashamed of their exclusionary policies towards gays (and their motto's religious theme). I will gladly boycott their stamp, much as I do other themed stamps I disagree with. The U.S. postal service should not be in the business of promoting religious organizations, or their themed stamps. (The BSA is a religious organization, like it or not - and their policies against gays demonstrates this very well.) Thank you for your post. I'm in!

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