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Up until now, the Philadelphia area chapter of the Boy Scouts of America got a nice building from the city for only $1 per year.

But now their free ride is over, because of their policy against homosexuals.

In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts are a private organization, and are therefore entitled to bar whomever they want from their ranks.

But the city doesn't have to support the Boy Scouts' exclusionary policy, and so, according to a report from KYW New Radio, "City solicitor Romy Diaz had given the 'Cradle of Liberty Council' of the Scouts until Monday to renounce the Scouts' national policy against homosexuals, or pay market rate rent ($200,000 a year) for its headquarters on city-owned land, or find a new home."

The report goes on to say, "Solicitor Diaz acknowledges that the US Supreme Court has ruled that the national Boy Scouts, as a private organization, had the right to exclude homosexuals from its ranks. But he says the city 'will not subsidize that discrimination by passing on the costs to the people of Philadelphia.'"


But I am concerned for the innocent young boys who join the Scouts. What are they learning from this?

I hope they are learning that bigotry is not acceptable.

I hope they're not being brainwashed into believing that the city is wrong for not supporting discrimination with taxpayers' dollars.



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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)

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